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Minor Versionm

by Joshua

Introduction

Play thousands of rock songs with the press of a button on this electric instant rock star guitar.

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  1. Choose one of the three guitar body templates, and remember to print the last page that includes the neck template.
    • Choose one of the three guitar body templates, and remember to print the last page that includes the neck template.

  2. Cut out the template pieces. Transfer the lines to cardboard and cut out the shapes.
    • Cut out the template pieces.

    • Transfer the lines to cardboard and cut out the shapes.

    • Cut 2 neck pieces as shown. Doubling up this piece will add stability.

  3. Remove one side of the cardboard to reveal the corrugation as shown. Cut 2.25-inch strips perpendicular to the grain of the corrugation. Using superglue, slowly glue the strips around the edge of the guitar body. Glue the strips together end to end to continue the wall.
    • Remove one side of the cardboard to reveal the corrugation as shown.

    • Cut 2.25-inch strips perpendicular to the grain of the corrugation.

    • Using superglue, slowly glue the strips around the edge of the guitar body. Glue the strips together end to end to continue the wall.

    • Alternate: To make an easier version, keep the guitar flat and proceed to the next step without the walls. Instead of mounting the Bit Board to the wall, mount it to the back of the body.

  4. Glue the two neck pieces together to make them more sturdy. Glue the neck to the body. You can use the dotted line in the template as a reference for placement. Add a support piece to the bottom between the body and neck for extra stability.
    • Glue the two neck pieces together to make them more sturdy.

    • Glue the neck to the body. You can use the dotted line in the template as a reference for placement.

    • Add a support piece to the bottom between the body and neck for extra stability.

  5. Glue the head piece to the top of the neck and paint the guitar with craft paint. Glue the head piece to the top of the neck and paint the guitar with craft paint. Glue the head piece to the top of the neck and paint the guitar with craft paint.
    • Glue the head piece to the top of the neck and paint the guitar with craft paint.

  6. Place the LEGO into place inside the Bit Board. Use tape to temporarily secure it in place. Add superglue to the bottom of the LEGO and place it in the bottom of the guitar, pushing it all way back against the guitar body. When the glue is dry, remove the tape.
    • Place the LEGO into place inside the Bit Board. Use tape to temporarily secure it in place.

    • Add superglue to the bottom of the LEGO and place it in the bottom of the guitar, pushing it all way back against the guitar body.

    • When the glue is dry, remove the tape.

  7. In this guitar build, we'll use maker tape to connect the buttons on the neck of the guitar, and visually they will double as the "strings". Use the neck template to mark the locations of the four "strings". The strings will be connected to pins 11, 13, 14, and 15. Mark the locations of the pins.
    • In this guitar build, we'll use maker tape to connect the buttons on the neck of the guitar, and visually they will double as the "strings".

    • Use the neck template to mark the locations of the four "strings".

    • The strings will be connected to pins 11, 13, 14, and 15. Mark the locations of the pins.

  8. Cut 4, 2-foot pieces of Maker Tape. Thread the pieces through from the front and stick each string in place. Mark the string locations on the neck using the template.
    • Cut 4, 2-foot pieces of Maker Tape.

    • Thread the pieces through from the front and stick each string in place.

    • Mark the string locations on the neck using the template.

    • Glue the bridge piece on top of the strings, with the strings coming out on the bottom side of the guitar.

    • Adhere the strings over the bridge and stick them to the neck in the correct locations.

  9. Glue the LEGO to the neck. You could use the neck template for reference, or place the buttons where your fingers will feel most comfortable.
    • Glue the LEGO to the neck. You could use the neck template for reference, or place the buttons where your fingers will feel most comfortable.

  10. Carefully lay the maker tape according to the neck template, connecting each string to the left peg of each LEGO. Make sure the tapes don't touch each other.
    • Carefully lay the maker tape according to the neck template, connecting each string to the left peg of each LEGO. Make sure the tapes don't touch each other.

  11. Add 4 ground connections to each LEGO and connect them on the back of the neck as shown. Add 4 ground connections to each LEGO and connect them on the back of the neck as shown.
    • Add 4 ground connections to each LEGO and connect them on the back of the neck as shown.

  12. Continue the ground connection down the back of the neck to the Bit Board by placing a hole in the wall as shown. Continue the ground connection down the back of the neck to the Bit Board by placing a hole in the wall as shown. Continue the ground connection down the back of the neck to the Bit Board by placing a hole in the wall as shown.
    • Continue the ground connection down the back of the neck to the Bit Board by placing a hole in the wall as shown.

  13. Place the buttons on top of the LEGO with the negative side facing the edge.
    • Place the buttons on top of the LEGO with the negative side facing the edge.

    • Add the tuning pegs to the head with superglue.

  14. Thread three long pieces of Maker Tape through the top, middle, and bottom holes of the potentiometer making a good connection to each. Thread three long pieces of Maker Tape through the top, middle, and bottom holes of the potentiometer making a good connection to each.
    • Thread three long pieces of Maker Tape through the top, middle, and bottom holes of the potentiometer making a good connection to each.

  15. Place the potentiometer in its place inside the square hole in the cardboard. Connect the top, positive hole to 3.3V, the middle hole to  Pin 4, and the bottom ground hole to ground.
    • Place the potentiometer in its place inside the square hole in the cardboard.

    • Connect the top, positive hole to 3.3V, the middle hole to Pin 4, and the bottom ground hole to ground.

  16. A LEGO tire fits perfectly on top of the potentiometer and makes it easier to grip and turn (plus it looks really cool!)
    • A LEGO tire fits perfectly on top of the potentiometer and makes it easier to grip and turn (plus it looks really cool!)

  17. Connect the battery holder to the screw terminals on the Bit Board. Use foam tape to mount the battery holder inside the guitar. Use foam tape to mount the battery holder inside the guitar.
    • Connect the battery holder to the screw terminals on the Bit Board.

    • Use foam tape to mount the battery holder inside the guitar.

  18. Upload the code to your micro:bit. Optional, advanced step: If you'd like, you can change the notes played by each button by using the "play note" block to copy and paste the new note values into the block of code for each chord.
    • Upload the code to your micro:bit.

    • Optional, advanced step: If you'd like, you can change the notes played by each button by using the "play note" block to copy and paste the new note values into the block of code for each chord.

  19. Get ready to rock! Pressing the buttons from top to bottom will create the most common chord progression, but you can press them in any order that you'd like! Check out this video for just a taste of the songs you can play with your new guitar! Check out this video for just a taste of the songs you can play with your new guitar!
    • Get ready to rock! Pressing the buttons from top to bottom will create the most common chord progression, but you can press them in any order that you'd like!

    • Check out this video for just a taste of the songs you can play with your new guitar!

  20. Connect a screw terminal to Pin 8 and Ground, then screw a 3.5 mm jack adapter into the terminals as shown. Connect an audio cable, and insert the other end into your computer. Tip: on some computers, you may need a USB audio interface, like the one pictured. Connect an audio cable, and insert the other end into your computer. Tip: on some computers, you may need a USB audio interface, like the one pictured.
    • Connect a screw terminal to Pin 8 and Ground, then screw a 3.5 mm jack adapter into the terminals as shown.

    • Connect an audio cable, and insert the other end into your computer. Tip: on some computers, you may need a USB audio interface, like the one pictured.

  21. In the code, set the "built in speaker" to off, then re-download the code to the micro:bit. In the code, set the "built in speaker" to off, then re-download the code to the micro:bit.
    • In the code, set the "built in speaker" to off, then re-download the code to the micro:bit.

  22. Start a new project.
    • Start a new project.

    • For the track type, choose "Audio, Connect a Guitar or Bass..."

    • Then, select the USB interface as the Input (or the input that works for your computer), and check "I want to hear my instrument as I play and record."

    • If desired, choose the speaker that you'd like to hear the sound from, then click "Create."

  23. The guitar will play the chords. To set the volume to zero, press the "A" button on the micro:bit and to set the volume to 100%, press "B". Change the Amp on the left to hear different effects.
    • The guitar will play the chords. To set the volume to zero, press the "A" button on the micro:bit and to set the volume to 100%, press "B".

    • Change the Amp on the left to hear different effects.

    • You can also move the knobs on the bottom right to affect the sound.

    • IT'S TIME TO ROCK OUT AND START A BAND! :-D

Conclusion

Rock on!

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