Guitar Hero 5 Cheats, Codes, and Secrets for the Xbox 360

Unlock achievements, special modes, and secret characters on Xbox 360

Guitar Hero 5
Activision

Guitar Hero games are known for featuring lots of unlockables and achievements, and Guitar Hero 5 for Xbox 360 is no exception. Some secrets require you to complete certain challenges while others can be accessed by entering cheat codes.

The following cheats are available for Guitar Hero 5 on Xbox 360, but there are also cheats for Guitar Hero 5 on PS2 and Guitar Hero 5 for Wii.

How to Enter Cheat Codes in Guitar Hero 5

Cheats are entered through the game's cheat menu using the special guitar controller that comes with the game. The letters in the codes below correspond to the first letter of the color name (Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow).

Guitar Hero 5 Cheat Codes

Enable some of these cheats codes to disable achievements.

Code Cheat
Air Instruments R, R, B, Y, G, G, G, Y
All HOPOs G, G, B, G, G, G, Y, G
Always Slide G, G, R, R, Y, B, Y, B
AutoKick Y, G, R, B, B, B, B, R
Contest Winner 1 G, G, R, R, Y, R, Y, B
Focus Mode Y, G, R, G, Y, B, G, G
HUD Free Mode G, R, G, G, Y, G, G, G
Invisible Characters G, R, Y, Y, Y, B, B, G
Performance Mode Y, Y, B, R, B, G, R, R
Unlock All Characters B, B, G, G, R, G, R, Y

How to Unlock Secret Characters

Play as the following characters by meeting certain requirements.

Character Requirement
Carlos Santana Complete the song "No One To Depend On (Live)" on any difficulty, any instrument.
Johnny Cash Complete the song "Ring of Fire" on any difficulty, any instrument.
Kurt Cobain Complete the song "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on any difficulty, any instrument.
Matt Bellamy Complete the song "Plug in Baby" on any instrument, any difficulty.
Shirley Manson Complete the song "I'm Only Happy When It Rains" on any difficulty, any instrument

Guitar Hero 5 Achievements

To unlock an achievement and earn the GamerScore points associated with it, complete the indicated task from the list below.

Achievement Requirement
Above And Beyond (10 GS points) Complete a song with an average individual multiplier above 4x.
All Four Bass Are Belong to Us (10 GS points) Play a song with four bass guitarists.
Barbershop (10 GS points) Play a song with four vocalists.
Box Set (20 GS points) Complete 100 songs in Quickplay.
Challenge of the Supergroup (20 GS points) Complete five band challenges at Gold or better.
Chanteuse (10 GS points) Achieve five-star "Ex-Girlfriend," "Send A Little Love Token," and "Only Happy When It Rains" as a vocalist.
Crank It Up To 11 (20 GS points) Achieve a maxed out band multiplier as a standard band.
Crowd Pleaser (5 GS points) Fill your Rock Meter all the way.
Did You Finish Like We Did? (5 GS points) Finish "Do You Feel Like We Do" by Peter Frampton
Drumline (10 GS points) Play a song with four drummers.
Explore the Studio Space (10 GS points) Read five tooltips in GHMix.
Fest Quartet Quest (20 GS points) Play 10 four-player RockFest Mode games of any type.
Going Diamond (50 GS points) Complete 50 of the challenges at Diamond.
Going Gold (20 GS points) Complete 50 of the challenges at Gold or better.
Going Platinum (30 GS points) Complete 50 of the challenges at Platinum or better.
Iron Lungs (20 GS points) Complete a 25-phrase streak as a vocalist.
Juke Box (30 GS points) Complete 300 songs in Quickplay.
Me'nage a` Huit (20 GS points) Play an online match with eight players, all on the same instrument.
No Mistakes Allowed (20 GS points) Streak through the entirety of a song in Quickplay or Career.
Open Minded (50 GS points) Play every song in the game.
Our Powers Combined (10 GS points) As a four-player standard band, all four players must activate Star Power simultaneously.
Outgoing (10 GS points) Complete 25 Pro Face Off matches online (win or lose).
Over 9000! (5 GS points) Score 9,000 points during a Star Power Moment.
Play It To The Bone (20 GS points) Make and complete a setlist that is at least one hour long.
Producer (10 GS points) Create a music studio song.
Quadruple Threat (30 GS points) Complete at least one challenge for every instrument at Gold level or better.
Representative (5 GS points) Complete a sponsor gig challenge at Diamond level.
Rising Star (20 GS points) Collect 101 Stars in Career.
Rocktopus (20 GS points) Make a standard eight-player Band vs. Band match online, win or lose.
Sampler Plate (30 GS points) Play at least one song in Quickplay, Career, and each Competitive game type.
Score Big (5 GS points) Earn 500,000 points in a single song as a solo act.
Score Bigger (10 GS points) Earn 1,000,000 points in a single song as a solo act or band.
Score Biggest (30 GS points) Earn 3,000,000 points in a single song as a band.
Senior Commander (10 GS points) Earn five or more stars on a song in Career or Quickplay.
Shooting Star (30 GS points) Collect 303 Stars in Career.
Special Guest (10 GS points) Complete a song with your Xbox 360 avatar.
Star Cluster (100 GS points) Collect 808 stars in Career.
Starstruck (20 GS points) Unlock all celebrities.
String Quartet (10 GS points) Play a song with four lead guitarists.
Super Star (50 GS points) Collect 505 stars in Career.
Synchronized (10 GS points) Complete 20 Band Moments.
The Fabricated Four (10 GS points) Create a band of four created rockers and play a song with them.
The Grand Tour (30 GS points) Unlock every venue in the world, and then some.
The Streak (30 GS points) Complete a 1001 note streak.
The Traditional (50 GS points) Beat the game.
What's an LP? (20 GS points) Complete 14 songs in Quickplay.
What's New? (5 GS points) Complete any tutorial's lesson on a new feature.
You Want More? (10 GS points) Play five encore gigs.
Young Star (10 GS points) Collect 25 stars in Career.