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12-28-2018 at 08:19 PM
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My Custom 1 Button Sanwa USB Stick Build

Built this custom stick today to replace my larger, bulkier 2 button Sanwa stick that has seen better days...


100% Sanwa parts, USB, 1 button, weight is perfect.


It kind of resembles a Jakks Atari stick and a CX40, just not as deep as the Jakks and about 1.5x the height of the CX.


Should be perfect for EMU play on my PC... C64, 2600, 1 button MAME games, etc.


A few tweaks still needed like better stick mounting screws that sit flush with the case top. I've broken so many crappy older sticks, hoping this one lasts a long time. Easy parts replacement if the stick or button ever wear out. Thought I'd share as this is the first stick I've built.



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  1. EVN's Avatar

    Nice!


    I did one similar for c64 and Amiga with some leftover Sanwa bits I had and a kit box. Posted a picture of it here before and a couple of people grumbled about it not being an original controller.


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  2. ILLSeaBass's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by EVN

    Nice!


    I did one similar for c64 and Amiga with some leftover Sanwa bits I had and a kit box. Posted a picture of it here before and a couple of people grumbled about it not being an original controller.


    That one looks very similar to my 9 pinner.... http://www.vintagecomputing.com/ ... high quality sticks, enclosure, made to last, just a bit pricey.



    This is my older, well worn Sanwa USB stick.. MGL tourney has put some mileage on her:


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  3. EVN's Avatar

    Wow, those are cool!


    I really should paint mine. I love the look they get when you've put a bit of wear on them.

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  4. KidsHeartJP's Avatar

    Ball top on the last one is buff. Loving that amber.

    Like you have to wear sun glassess and a smoking jacket when you use it

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  5. Rogerpoco's Avatar

    Very Nice!!!

    @EVN - I remember that vaguely, and wasn't educated enough to chime in.


    It's not that the rules are "loose" for EMU/MAME, but there is no specific controller that can be defined as "the one".


    I've used my X-Arcades in many different configurations-I have aftermarket parts in both. My 4-way sticks and my 16 way sticks are apples and oranges, they aren't even similar.


    People play MAME with keyboards, PC controllers, steering wheels, etc., same with Stella and other EMU.


    Only my opinion, but I see nothing wrong with using a home built controller for MAME and EMU, as long as there is no autofire.

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  6. Tfried4048's Avatar
    I would like to purchase one. PM me
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  7. kernzyp's Avatar

    Where did you get the casing?
    Looks cool.

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  8. datagod's Avatar

    Dude, this is amazing. I only got into hardware projects these last couple of years. I LOVE seeing others sharing their projects on here.

    :)

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  9. EVN's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerpoco

    Very Nice!!!

    @EVN - I remember that vaguely, and wasn't educated enough to chime in.


    The horse has already bolted for the more modern consoles on original hardware. I've seen SNES Genisis and Saturn submissions accepted and played on self built controllers based off PCBs like the "cthulhu mc" and the like.


    This is the rule in the guidelines, from what I've seen "third party" includes using self built arcade joysticks in place of joypads. Some people might not like it but that's what TGSAP has allowed.


    It's a bit weird for sure, occasionally I see the discussion "can I use a Genesis pad on Atari?" while people use arcade sticks for other consoles - it's pretty inconsistent.

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  10. bensweeneyonbass's Avatar

    Totally love the amber ball too 😻

    I got a full six button USB stick just waiting to be built. Kids and life and blah blah blah. It’ll be the size of my lap and weigh 8lb probably. Plenty of weight. Just gonna be finished wood grain with black buttons and ball. I’m a classy guy :)

  11. YesAffinity's Avatar

    Great build! Sorry if I missed this detail, but I'm assuming from the mounting screw spacing that its a jlf? If the stock microswitches are too clicky, and/or you find the feel of the stick is a bit too stiff, the tp-ma (microswitch pcb) is easy to mod.

    https://forums.shoryuken.com/t/jlf-tp-ma-mod-cherry-switches/184046

    Desolder the stock switches and replace with something like a cherry or d44x. Use something like a solid wire to create "posts" to solder the new switches to the tp-ma. Well, theres a lot of modding you can do to the jlf. I have sticks with each switch type and honestly cant say which I like best.

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  12. ILLSeaBass's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by YesAffinity

    Great build! Sorry if I missed this detail, but I'm assuming from the mounting screw spacing that its a jlf? If the stock microswitches are too clicky, and/or you find the feel of the stick is a bit too stiff, the tp-ma (microswitch pcb) is easy to mod.

    https://forums.shoryuken.com/t/jlf-tp-ma-mod-cherry-switches/184046

    Desolder the stock switches and replace with something like a cherry or d44x. Use something like a solid wire to create "posts" to solder the new switches to the tp-ma. Well, theres a lot of modding you can do to the jlf. I have sticks with each switch type and honestly cant say which I like best.


    Yep, JLF, zero modifications, totally stock. Using a cheap USB Joystick PCB, not much else to her.


    Thanks for the link! Call me weird, but I love the JLF clicky sound :P



  13. EVN's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by ILLSeaBass



    Yep, JLF, zero modifications, totally stock. Using a cheap USB Joystick PCB, not much else to her.


    Thanks for the link! Call me weird, but I love the JLF clicky sound :P




    Try a Seimitsu LS-32 I use those and JLFs for different games. I think the LS-32 might be better suited to c64 type games.

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  14. ILLSeaBass's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by EVN
    Try a Seimitsu LS-32 I use those and JLFs for different games. I think the LS-32 might be better suited to c64 type games.


    Which stick do you like better? I have no experience using the Seimitsu or really any Seimitsu stick... Looks like it's just a bit shorter than the JLF, and possibly not as deep?

  15. EVN's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by ILLSeaBass



    Which stick do you like better? I have no experience using the Seimitsu or really any Seimitsu stick... Looks like it's just a bit shorter than the JLF, and possibly not as deep?


    Depends on the game, for SFIII:3rd Strike the JLF all day. For SHMUPs like Ikaruga or 4 way games like Ghouls n Ghosts I like the Seimitsu better.

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  16. Squirrel!!'s Avatar

    Loving this build!


    Where do you find the project boxes at? I'd like to build something similar.

  17. ILLSeaBass's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by Squirrel!!

    Loving this build!


    Where do you find the project boxes at? I'd like to build something similar.


    https://www.polycase.com/

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  18. 90skidJohnny's Avatar

    Im really in need of a good c64 controller.

    I really need to figure out how to wire one up.


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