How to Fix the Wireless Guitar

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How to Fix the Wireless Guitar
Get back to jamming out on your guitar. (guitar image by Earl Robbins from

Guitar Hero, Rockband, and numerous other games make use of the wireless guitar. It's fun to rock out from a distance without worrying about wires lying around for somebody to trip over. As much fun as it may be, that fun can come to a quick end when one of the wireless guitars stops working. There are a good number of simple things you can do to fix your guitar and get back in the game.

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Things you need

  • Wireless guitar
  • USB cord
  • Electrical tape
  • Solder

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  1. 1

    Restart the system and the guitar. Turn off your system and try reconnecting the guitar. Hold down the button on the wireless receiver and then press the matching button on the guitar until it reconnects.

  2. 2

    Download the latest update for the game you're playing. Whether you're playing Rockband or Guitar Hero, aftermarket guitars often aren't supported at the game's launch. Connect your console to the Internet and start up the game, or go to the official website and download the latest update.

  3. 3

    Plug the guitar into the system. The reciever may be broken, so plug a USB cable into the guitar and connect it to your system.

  4. 4

    Take off the neck of the guitar if your guitar has a detachable neck. Apply a few layers of electrical tape in the grooves to provide some friction to keep it nice and snug when attached to the body of the guitar.

  5. 5

    Apply a couple of drops of solder to the neck piece of the guitar. Detachable necks sometimes have a space between conducting metal on the neck and that on the body of the guitar. Add a small amount of solder to bridge this connection.

  6. 6

    Check the tilt sensor if the tilt (star power) function isn't working on your guitar. Take apart the screws on the guitar, and locate the tilt sensor; it's adjacent to the strum tool. Unscrew the tilt sensor, and switch it around.

Tips and warnings

  • A wireless problem may be a problem with the receiver and not the guitar. Attaching the guitar with a cord, and checking different USB ports will let you know if the guitar is truly the problem.
  • Often times the tilt sensor is backwards in the guitar. If you don't want to send it back, you can fix it yourself by reversing it. Just take it out and switch it around.
  • Don't add solder or take apart your guitar without first consulting your warranty.

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