Okay, this is the coolest thing I’ve seen all week. If you love gaming, and you love guitars, you’re gonna swoon over this rad combination of the two. And hey, if you don’t care for either, I still think this will make your day.
This new species of instrument is called Guitar Boy (aww), and it’s the brainchild of Fibbef, an administrator of BitFixGaming boards. He completed it on September 13 for the BitFix Gaming 2015 Game Boy Classic build-off. In case you were wondering, Guitar Boy is a working electric guitar and also a working oversized Game Boy (what!), and gamers will notice that the design of the Game Boy resembles the classic from like, a bajillion years ago (except this one has a gorgeous 5-inch LCD display screen).
So how does it work? That was my question, but turns out it’s pretty simple. The Guitar Boy runs on a Rasberry Pi B+ with RetroPie version 2.3., and an audio selector on the side chooses whether the sound comes out of the guitar or the Game Boy. In the video above, Fibbef goes through the functions of each part, so you can see how it performs. Oh, and the music of Super Mario will take you back to yesteryear.
I’d quite fancy one of these in my living room, wouldn’t you? (You can’t see me right now, but I’m swooning). If you’re interested in diving into the details about how this thing was built, head over here.
What do you think of the design of Guitar Boy? Let us know in the comments below.