Guitar Hero III Cheats and Unlockables for Xbox 360

Unlock all songs, achievements, and cheats for Xbox 360

Illustration of a person with long hair playing Guitar Hero on an Xbox 360

 Lifewire / Maritsa Patrinos

The Xbox 360 version of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock has cheats codes that improve your score and accuracy, but you'll have to earn five stars on every song without cheating if you want to unlock all achievements.

These cheats for the Xbox 360 version. There are also cheats for Guitar Hero III on Wii as well as the PlayStation 2 and PS3 versions.

How to Enter Cheats in Guitar Hero III for Xbox 360

Instead of using the Xbox 360 controller to enter cheats, you must input codes using the guitar-shaped controller that comes with the game. Select Options from the main menu, then select Cheats > Enter New Cheat. Once a cheat is unlocked, you can toggle it on and off from the Cheats menu by pressing the Green button.

Guitar Hero III Cheat Codes

These codes below refer to colored buttons on the guitar:

  • B = Blue
  • Y = Yellow
  • G = Green
  • R = Red
  • O = Orange

You must strum each note or chord as if playing it in a song. When two colors are listed together (such as "BY" for blue and yellow), you should strum both colors at the same time.

Activating some cheats will disable achievements.

Effect Cheat Code

Air Guitar

BY, GY, GY, RB, RB, RY, RY, BY, GY, GY, RB, RB, RY, RY, GY, GY, RY, RY
Easy Expert (doesn't work in career mode) GR, GY, YB, RB, BO, YO, RY, RB
Hyperspeed O, B, O, Y, O, B, O, Y

Large Gems

G, R, G, Y, G, B, G, O, G, B, G, Y, G, R, G, GR, RY, GR, YB, GR, BO, GR, YB, GR, RY, GR, GY
No Fail (doesn't work in career mode) GR, B, GR, GY, B, GY, RY, O, RY, GY, Y, GY, GR
Performance Mode RY, RB, RO, RB, RY, GB, RY, RB
Precision Mode GR, GR, GR, RY, RY, RB, RB, YB, YO, YO
Play as Bret Michaels GR, GR, GR, GB, GB, GB, RB, R, R, R, RB, R, R, R, RB, R, R, R 

Unlock All Songs in Quick Play

YO, RB, RO, GB, RY, YO, RY, RB, GY, GY, YB, YB, YO, YO, YB, Y, R, RY, R, Y, O
Unlock Everything GRBO, GRYB, GRYO, GBYO, GRYB, RYBO, GRYB, GYBO, GRYB, GRYO, GRYO, GRYB, GRYO

Guitar Hero III Unlockables

Most unlockables must be purchased in the shop after unlocking them.

Unlockable Requirement
Bat Guitar Five-star every song in Career Mode on Easy.
Beach Life Bass Beat Co-op on Hard.
El Jefe Guitar Five-star all songs in Expert mode.
Jolly Roger Guitar Five-star every song in Career Mode on Medium.
Moon Shot Guitar Beat Career Mode on Easy. 
Nemesis 13 Guitar Beat Co-op Career Mode on any difficulty.
Neversoft Eyeball Guitar Five-star every song in Co-op Mode on Expert.
Neversoft Skateboard Guitar Five-star every song on Expert Co-op Career.
Pendulaxe Beat Co-op Career on Expert.
Radioactive Beat Co-op Career mode on Hard.
Risk Assessment Guitar Complete Expert mode.
Rojimbo Guitar Beat Career Mode on Hard.
Saint George Guitar Beat Career Mode on Medium.
Tiki Bass Beat Co-op on Easy.
Tiki Guitar Five-star every song in Career Mode on Hard.
Through the Fire and the Flames Beat Career Mode on any difficulty.
Lou Beat his boss battle.
Slash Beat his boss battle.
Tom Morello Beat his boss battle.

Guitar Hero III Achievements for Xbox 360

Perform the indicated task to unlock achievements and the associated GamerScore points.

Achievement GamerScore Points Requirement
100 Million!?! Gulp!?! 30 Earn 100,000,000 points total in Career.
A Couple of Streakers 5 Earn a 200 note streak in a Co-op match.
Almost Got It 5 Fail a song at 90% or more into it.
Always Hard 15 Complete Career on Hard.
Axe Collector 5 Buy all the Guitars from the shop.
Axe Grinder 10 Earn 5 stars on all songs on Easy.
Back Up Hero 10 Complete all songs as the back-up guitar player.
Big 'Ol Pile of Wins 20 Win 500 online ranked matches.
Blowin' It 5 Fail any song 10 times.
Bronze Streaker 5 Earn a 100 note Streak in Career or Quick Play.
Burnin' a Hole in Your Pocket 10 Buy everything from the store.
Button Masher 5 Win 15 consecutive ranked songs online using a standard controller.
Buy a Guitar Already 15 Play through a career on the Hard or Expert difficulty using a standard controller.
Dynamic Duo 15 Earn a 1000 note streak in a Co-op match.
Easy Duo 10 Five-star all Co-op songs on Easy.
Easy Rider 5 Complete a Career on Easy.
Enlightened Guitarist 30 Gold-star 20 songs on Expert.
First Big Score 5 Score 250,000 on a song.
Gold Streaker 15 Earn a 500 note streak in Career or Quick Play.
Got 'em All 5 Buy all characters from the shop.
Guitar Hero 75 Five-star all songs on Expert.
Guitar Wizard 10 Complete all Co-op songs as the lead guitarist.
Half a Mill' 10 Score 500,000 on a song.
Half Mill' Club 10 Score 500,000 on any song in a Co-op match.
Hard Duo 30 Five-star all Co-op songs on Hard.
Hendrix Reborn 10 Complete Career Lefty and Righty.
Higher Than Most 20 Score 700,000 on any song in a Co-op match.
Leaders of the Pack 10 100% a song in a Co-op match.
Life of the Party 10 Host ranked online matches and win 15 consecutive songs.
Living Legends 75 Five-star all Co-op songs on Expert.
Medium Duo 20 Five-star all Co-op songs on Medium.
Medium Rare 10 Complete Career Mode on Medium.
Meet Your Maker 20 Beat one of the creators of Guitar Hero III.
Millionaire Club 20 Score 1,000,000 on any song in a Co-op match.
Never Gonna Spend It All 10 Earn $350,000 in career lifetime earnings.
Now That's Impressive 20 Score 750,000 on a song.
Perfectionist 10 100% a song.
Ready to Rock 5 Complete the tutorial.
Right Hand of God 20 Complete Career Mode on Expert.
Rock Guru 20 Five-star all songs on Medium.
Search and Destroy 10 Join ranked online matches and win 15 consecutive songs.
Shredder 30 Five-star on all songs on Hard.
Silver Streaker 10 Earn a 250 note streak in Career or Quick Play.
Solo Career 25 Complete all Career difficulties.
Star Mania 15 Activate Star Power three times on Through the Fire and Flames on Expert.
Streak Master 20 Earn a 1000 note streak in Career or Quick Play.
Streak Masters 20 Earn a 2000 note streak in a Co-op match.
Streaker 10 Earn a 150 note streak in a ranked online Battle Mode match.
Tail Between Your Legs 0 Refuse a guitar battle when challenged.
That's What Friends Are For 25 Complete Co-op Career.
The Inhuman Achievement 15 Complete Through the Fire and Flames on Expert.
The Long Road Ahead 100 Complete all difficulties in Career, buy everything from the shop, and complete 100 online matches.
Tone Deaf 5 Beat any song on Expert with the sound option turned down to zero.
Too Many to Count 25 Hit 250,000 notes in Career.
Track Master 5 Buy all songs from the shop.
Two by Four 5 Get an 8X multiplier in a Co-op game.
Two Timer 10 Earn a 500 note streak in a Co-op match.
Whammy Mania 15 Use the Whammy Bar on every held note on Number of the Beast.
Who Needs the Power 15 Score 200,000 points on Cult of Personality without Star Power.