Find out the tech specs of what goes in to the guitar controllers
Check out exactly what goes into our guitar controllers!
From mechanical frets, to upgraded strum switches, custom cable grommit and super customisable resin frets.
Raspberry Pi Pico Microcontroller
The brains of the controller, the raspberry pi pico microcontroller which is powered by the mighty RP2040 is where everything is handled. The mechanical frets are wired to the microcontroller as well as the upgraded strum switches, whammy bar and the start and select buttons. All of these functions and button presses are handled by this tiny microcontroller. It has a polling rate of 1000hz and a response time of 1ms! This enables our guitars to be super speedy and incredibly responsive in order to provide you with the most efficient guitar controller on the market. The microcontroller is soldered to a custom made carrier board which also houses the upgraded strum switches.
Mechanical Fret Switches
We upgrade our guitars by default with mechanical switches in the neck of the guitar in order to provide the smoothest and most responsive fret buttons in custom guitars around! Each guitar has a custom made PCB to house the switches and keep them stable. We then use Kailh low profile linear red switches which have no click sound to them. Each switch is also modded with a small ball bearing in the stem of the switch to reduce the travel distance for an actuation in the switch. This will provide you with the best and smoothest feeling frets on the market!
Upgraded Strum Switches
Strum switches have been the bane of any guitar controller except very few models. They usually used cheap switches that often end up over-strumming and causing all sorts of flickering and issues. This is why we replace the strum switches with Kailh box pinks that have been modded with a stronger spring to provide a nice feeling strummer that is built to last. Included here is where a custom made PCB is put in to house the new style of switches as well as housing the brains of the guitar to give a neat and quick upgrade for the inside of the guitar.
Custom Resin Cast Fret Buttons
My resin cast fret buttons are extremely popular and loved by many! (shown on my reviews page). A one colour set of frets can be included in the price of your guitar. If you want something even more custom then additional prices are available to view on my fret shop on Etsy! They are very much like stock frets but already shortened to work with the mechanical fret board inside. They are highly customisable with a wide array of colours available to choose from. It is not recommended to use resin frets on mechanical switches. The best performance comes from 3D printed frets.
3D Printed Cable Grommet
To keep our guitars looking neat and tidy we include a cable grommet where the USB cable runs outside of the guitar. This helps to hold the cable tightly in place, it will reduce the odds of pulling the cable out of the guitar and gives another option of customisation of colour for your guitar. These can be printed in any colour plastic that I have in stock and if you want a different colour then it can be ordered and printed in such a colour.
3D Printed Strum Bar
To give another choice of customisation and an air of style to your guitar, we can 3D print a different coloured strum bar with a great 3D printed texture to it that a lot of people love. It has layer lines across it which provide slightly more grip than a glossy smooth stock strummer. Not only does it provide this but it also works much better with the upgraded strum switch implementation as the strummer is sat at the perfect height on the switches to feel nice and smooth when strumming away to your favourite songs! These are only available for PS360 LPs, Xplorers and Kramer model guitars.
3D Printed Fret Buttons
Even more choice is available in the form of 3D printed ‘performance’ fret buttons! These buttons are named as such because they are 3 grams lighter than resin cast fret buttons and 1 gram lighter than stock fret buttons. They are also much better for sliding on because of the 3D printed layer lines. The downsides to 3D printed buttons is that they do not have the same breadth of customisation and style that the resin frets do. There are some cool filaments that I have and print the buttons in though so keep an eye out for the more attractive filaments!
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SausageMods is a small business and it is only myself who does the modding and printing, modelling and other such work. It helps me out if you are kind enough to buy me a coffee using the panel to the right, this can help me get through my day, put some extra time into making new PCB’s for different guitars, improving my designs as well as taking things to the next level such as modelling more parts for the guitars to not only provide you with more customisation but also even provide you with brand new spare parts in-case your guitar breaks and only needs a little part replacing!
With this extra time I can continue to provide high quality guitars, buttons and other parts of these controllers that are old and worn out. I will have more time to breath new life into the controllers from your donations!