I can't tell you how many times I have looked down at my Guitar Hero guitar and wished that it could be used like a real instrument. The only problem was that I lacked the ability to build one. Oh, and I have no musical ability whatsoever. Fortunately, it appears that someone with skills has done the dirty work for me by figuring out a way to turn a Guitar Hero guitar into a full-fledged MIDI controller.

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With the current version you can:

‚ÄĘPlay 2 octaves of an 8 note scale at a time,
‚ÄĘChange the starting note anywhere in the range of a regular keyboard
‚ÄĘChange octaves
‚ÄĘChange keys
‚ÄĘChange tonal modes (Ionian, Mixolydian, Lydian, Dorian, Aeolian, Phrygian, Locrian)
‚ÄĘChange the timbre of a sound
‚ÄĘChange the resonance of a sound
‚ÄĘUse the whammy bar to pitchbend
‚ÄĘPlay chords in the mode you have the guitar set to (major/minor/etc.)
‚ÄĘRock out with a video game toy


And the best part of the deal is that you can put one together for yourself for less than $50 (assuming you already have the guitar). For how-to instructions, hit the following link. [Slapyak via MAKE]

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