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The Pitar! #3: Hello Fretboard

Part of my daily routine after getting up is checking the postbox for anything (mostly china stuff). When I looked inside today, I found that my buttons had finally arrived!
Now I still need the resistors to actually start building the Pitar, but I couldn’t resist mounting the buttons on the nails that I had bought for that. It worked really well, but it turned out much smaller than I thought it would:


That are 24 frets (aka 6 buttons each)

Here’s my 15 fret ukulele for comparison:


Yes, I’ve picked up a uke! It’s so cool to play!

So the final Pitar isn’t gonna be much larger than an ukulele. I don’t really mind it that much because I’ve gotten pretty accustomed to the small size of the uke, but I don’t think a full-sized Gameboy will fit as a Head now. Maybe a Gameboy Pocket will be small enough… or one of those old McDonalds Gameboy Toys (I think I have one lying around somewhere). And if that doesn’t work out I can still do a custom Gameboy-shaped head or just go headless.

That’s all for this time folks! I’m gonna get back to this when the resistors arrive.

The Pitar! #2: Solo Mode and Button Mounting

I’ve been watching some electrical guitar solos and I noticed that players often just press down the strings to make tunes and don’t strum at all, much like playing a piano. I like that kind of playing, so I will mount a switch flip on the guitar for switching between solo mode and regular chords mode. I don’t know how it works on electrical guitars, but this should work well on my build.

Another thing I thought about is the mounting of the string buttons. Like I mentioned in my other post, most buttons including the strings will be mouse buttons. The ones I’m ordering have two holes of 2mm:

So what I will do is mounting them on 2mm nails which will be hammered through the side of the guitar neck.

It’ll be quite a while until the essential parts arrive, so further build updates won’t be very soon I’m afraid. But I’ll share any new idea or plan that come to my mind!

Feel free to tell me what you think 🙂