Banjo hero


We’ve posted a plethora of Guitar Hero style hardware hacks, but this one is completely different than the others. Behold, the Banjo hero. This unique controller was constructed from an old banjo and a guitar hero controller. Custom software was then built with custom songs for game play. We really wish we could see it in action. There are a couple videos available for download, but they are just pictures of the build process.

[via Boing Boing]


  1. fenwick says:

    That’s pretty cool. How do the gameplay mechanics work, just push the buttons instead of the frets?

    That’s actually a Rock Band controller, not a Guitar Hero controller.

  2. MikeinBallard says:

    “New Sensation” by INXS?

  3. roshamboe says:

    When the newest hit in your town in “Banjo Hero”, than your a redneck

  4. mike says:

    I imagine that, without reading anything other then the above description, the buttons are for the finger picking style that you use for playing a banjo. Aside from lead guitar or certain rythms, you typically strum a guitar. For a banjo, you pluck the strings individually, barring certain styles.

  5. Echo says:

    Its actually going to be showcased at a gaming convention we have coming up on April 25th, so I’m assuming there will be videos up then.

  6. hum4n says:



    On a cold winter morning in a time before the light
    In flames of death’s eternal reign we ride towards the fight
    When the darkness has fallen down and the times are tough alright
    The sound of evil laughter falls around the world tonight

    Fighting hard fighting on for the steel through the wastelands evermore
    The scattered souls will feel the hell bodies wasted on the shores
    On the blackest plains in hell’s domain we watch them as they go
    In fire and pain now once again we knoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooeewwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (etc)

  7. hum4n says:

    you know, dueling banjos meets dragon force.

  8. hum4n says:

    cmon, laugh.

  9. Harrison says:

    That’s a Rock Band controller…

  10. Andrew says:

    “hog bitch stomp” from buckethead.
    Then i’ll be amazed.

  11. Zach says:

    Mike had it right:

    I know a few people that worked on this.

    To videos:

  12. Timothy says:

    I was actually talking to my friends about creating a banjo hero. They didn’t take it seriously. I really want one. Banjos rock!

  13. Brian says:

    “constructed from an old banjo”

    It’s actually made from a tambourine, not a banjo.

  14. Lee says:

    rednecks of the world, rejoyce.

  15. thetwiz says:

    im holding out for kazoo hero.

  16. andar_b says:

    Clarinet Hero anyone?

    Come on, you know you want it…

    Piano King would be cool…albeit all you’d have to do is mash one of six buttons in the right order.

  17. drew says:

    because this controller has both fret keys and string keys, it’s kinda like playing 2 normal guitar hero parts at once. They need to get some gameplay videos up there, it makes more sense when you see it.

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  19. ehrichweiss says:

    @hum4n: LOL. It was funny.

    @all the redneck jokes: umm, you guys need to broaden your horizons. Most rednecks like AC/DC, Guns n Roses, Bon Jovi, and Skynnrd, not Bluegrass/Newgrass. I live in the Bluegrass state and that’s a fact. I can’t find a handful of people around here who like Bluegrass but I can’t throw a rock without hitting a redneck.

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  22. MXR says:

    Pretty neat would love to see more. Like maybe a monkey playing it.

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