So I’m going to throw this one out to you. Did you ever hear of an Arduino before? Neither had I, until I began the build for this guitar. Here’s how it all began…
I was on the search for a good LED backlight for the body of this guitar. You see, the LED lights from the KAOSS Pad are not attached to the touch screen, and are built onto the PCB board for the base unit. This means that I’m going to have to create my own lighting for this thing to look REALLY cool.
After searching the net, I found a site called MakerSHED.com. This is a very cool site for the at-home do it yourselfer, and has a TON of great parts for lighting. I managed to locate one LED unit that has a programmable, three color light shift:
For only $13, I can buy this unit, and program it to color shift a variety of color and rhythm patterns. Much cooler than just having a static blue or green led backlight, right? So after getting my heart set on this cool new feature, I read the technical specs and find out that I need an Arduino Programmable Microprocessor IO Board. Huh? Well this is an Arduino: