How to Use a PS3 Wireless Les Paul Guitar With Guitar Hero 3 on a PC

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How to Use a PS3 Wireless Les Paul Guitar With Guitar Hero 3 on a PC
Computer issues shouldn't interrupt your guitar practice. (Guitar player #1 image by Warren Millar from

"Guitar Hero" is a fun game that's pushing its way into a growing video game market. The Xbox 360 "Guitar Hero" controller works with the computer, so ideally the computer would recognise the PlayStation 3 guitar as well. Unfortunately, computers often make things much more complex than they need to be. If you plugged in the controller and it didn't function the way you were expecting, this article can help you get moving in the right direction.

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Things you need

  • Wireless guitar
  • USB receiver
  • 20 Mb free disk space

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  1. 1

    Plug in the guitar and download the necessary drivers. If your computer needs any specific drivers for the Les Paul guitar to work, it should download them automatically. Make sure you're using the Les Paul guitar. The computer may not recognise other guitar types.

  2. 2

    Download and install the latest update for "Guitar Hero 3." Without the latest update, the drivers may not work properly and recognise the guitar.

  3. 3

    Download a program called JoyToKey and a copy of the Guitar Hero 3 Config file. Both files can be found with a basic internet search. Save both files to the desktop.

  4. 4

    Extract the JoyToKey file into a folder on the desktop. Place the Guitar Hero file in the same folder that you just created.

  5. 5

    Execute JoyToKey and select the guitar option. At the top of the screen, select "options," then "controller" and finally "configure keyboard." Make sure the guitar and wireless receiver are connected and turned on for this step.

  6. 6

    Configure the PS3 guitar to your liking. If you want the default configuration, start with the green button as button one, and proceed down the neck of the guitar.

Tips and warnings

  • Computer USB slots can sometimes become unresponsive, so just plug the receiver into an adjacent USB slot.
  • Some functions of the controller may not function as they would on the PS3. Motion sensors and some button functions aren't always compatible with the computer version of "Guitar Hero."
  • Don't download anything that looks suspicious. If in doubt, create a PC restore point.

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