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You can now build a cardboard guitar with Nintendo Labo

How to build a six-string with the innovative DIY Switch peripheral

We’ve already reported on Nintendo’s ingenious Labo concept for the Switch, which allows keen tinkerers to create their own cardboard peripherals, including a piano. Now, the clever folk at GamesRadar have gone one better and figured out how to craft a cardboard guitar using the console.

By employing the Labo Garage coding software, GR’s Sam Loveridge programs the console to produce sound when touched, then uses six elastic bands to replicate a guitar’s strings, finishing the whole thing off with a cardboard cutout of a body and neck.

Four chords can then be mapped onto the left Joy-Con’s controllers, making for a swift entry point for six-string beginners.

Sure, the Labo is aimed at children, but we’re big fans of anything that inspires young guitarists - and for more grown-up music-makers, there’s Korg’s Gadget mini-DAW, which has just landed on Nintendo’s in-demand console.

This isn’t the first cardboard guitar we’ve seen, either; let’s not forget that time Fender Custom Shop used the versatile material to build a working Stratocaster.


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