To play Guitar Hero Custom Songs you need to meet the requirements listed below. You’ll use Guitar Hero Three Control Panel (GHTCP) to add songs to the game. After setting up custom songs, see the optimization guide to remove game lag, remove background graphics for maximum performance. Run Guitar Hero on any computer.

Guitar Controller

To play Guitar Hero on the PC you can use the Xbox 360 Xplorer Guitar Hero controller, or any of the wireless Xbox 360 Controllers with a wireless gaming receiver. Guitar Hero can also be played using your computer keyboard.

This is a wired controller and connects to your PC’s USB port. They are always available used, around the world. These are also the most reliable and generally last longer.

The Xbox 360 GH3 Les Paul is the best controller but less reliable than the Xplorer Guitar. Bear in mind that in order to use the Les Paul, a Microsoft wireless gaming receiver is needed. The connection between the neck and body can become loose, resulting in dropped input commands. You can hardwire the neck and body together for the ultimate solution.


Other controllers to look out for are the ones that ship with Guitar Hero World Tour, GH5 & GH Warriors of Rock for Xbox.

Problems with the strumming bar can quickly develop with the Guitar Hero World Tour & Guitar Hero 5 Guitars. The Guitar Hero 6 controller is less prone to this defect. All of these controllers can be taken apart for portability. They have stronger neck & body connections compared to the Les Paul and thus, there is no need to worry about dropped frets. As with the Les Paul, you will need the Microsoft wireless gaming receiver to use any wireless Xbox peripherals with your PC.


Copy of Guitar Hero 3 PC

Guitar Hero 3 PC, buy it or find it on the internet, pirate! I can’t provide assistance with that but it’s easy to find and install if you know where to look. You do not need a legitimate copy of Guitar Hero 3 to play custom songs.

Guitar Hero Three Control Panel

Also referred to as “GHTCP”. This is the program used to add custom songs to Guitar Hero. Get the latest version on the downloads page.

Guitar Hero “Clones”

If you can’t get a copy of Guitar Hero 3, you still have options. Phase Shift and Frets on Fire are two (free) Guitar Hero Clones you can download. Phase Shift is the more complete option. More information on Phase Shift can be found on it’s website. More information on Frets on Fire can be found on the Frets on Fire website. All custom song files for Guitar Hero are compatible with these clones, but the files may need to be converted using the tools found on the downloads page.

System Requirements


  • Operating System: Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista
  • CPU Processor: Intel Pentium D (Dual Core) 2.8GHZ or AMD Athlon 64 3500+
  • Memory: XP – 1 GB RAM, Vista – 2GB RAM
  • Video Memory (VRam): Video Card: 3D Hardware Accelerator Card Required – 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible 128 MB Video Memory
  • Hard Disk Space: 5.1 GB + 1GB Swap File
  • Video Card: ATI Radeon X800/ NVidia Geforce 7600
  • Media Required (Boxed Version Only): DVD-ROM
  • Peripherals: Macintosh mouse and keyboard


  • CPU Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHZ or AMD Athlon Dual Core 4400+
  • Memory: 2 GB
  • Video Memory (VRam): 256 MB 3D Hardware Accelerator Card MB
  • Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 2600/ NVidia Geforce 8800 GT


Adding custom songs to Guitar Hero 3 PC – Ultimate Guide

The ultimate Guide for getting Guitar Hero ready to play Custom Songs | The easiest and most up to date method

Guitar Hero 3 PC game Optimization Guide

Run Guitar Hero on any computer | Perfect audio & video sync | Remove background graphics | Black fretboard

Mods & tools

Files to modify the game & chart files

Making your own custom songs

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