Part arcade, part guitar

Finally a guitar that all of the arcade gaming geeks can jam with. [Mike Davenport] sent us his 8bit arcade based guitar for his senior project. Details are a little sparse if you intend to build you own at the moment, but he does mention the basics: such as it uses an FPGA for logic and function, the strings and joystick modify pitch, it has selectable waves and other parameters, and even includes save banks! Check out a video of him playing street fighter rocking out after the break.


  1. mixadj says:

    This is amazing… the addition of pots in the place of strings.

  2. SlurmMcKenzie says:

    He should call it “Guitarcade”

  3. M4CGYV3R says:

    This is cool…but very strange. I imagine it’s pretty hard to accurately play a tune, as it was for the guy in that demo vid.

  4. Regulus says:

    This is so, so cool.
    I need more!

  5. Godd says:

    @M4CGYV3R It’s probably just as hard as a fretless bass or an upright. :P

  6. strider_mt2k says:

    weer weer weer weer
    weer weer weer weer

    Thanks for putting THAT in my head for the rest of the day! :D

  7. Skitchin says:

    Neat instrument, major creativity points for using membrane potentiometers in the neck. Or, how do you people say, plus one internets.

  8. Ubel says:

    @Skitchin- I read that last sentence in my Sensei’s voice.

    All in all, I find this a very intriguing build, and love the acrylic case he used.However, I feel that he overcomplicated the method of playing too much, to the degree that it really doesn’t make much sense. However, he is the only man who will ever be likely to play this particular instrument, so how he wishes to provide input is his choice.

  9. Hitek146 says:

    ^^^I agree, very cool use of the strip potentiometers!

    “hole-shaped drill bits”… LOL!

  10. jason says:

    this is fully geekes allrighty , Im astounded, I really like this pice of equipment when is it available. lold

  11. Randy says:

    Awesome 8-bit guitar. I’d like to have the details to how it was built.

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