To pull this rockin’ project off, Prado modified an old Nintendo Wii Guitar Hero controller. In his upgrade, mechanical switches were added as well as USB support with the help of a Raspberry Pi Pico.
According to Prado, you can use his project to turn anything into a Guitar Hero controller. It’s built using Adafruit’s CircuitPython, a fork of MicroPython, alongside a HID Library that enables the Pico to act as a USB keyboard and mouse. The Pico is wired to each of the fretboard buttons but it can also control the whammy bar (if your controller has one).
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