Hello everyone, I’d like to post my custom stick build. This is actually a build done months ago and the photos were also taken back then, it’s gotten quite some wear and tear now but still working perfectly.
I made this custom stick mostly because I’m not satisfied with a lot of things about current commercial sticks and most premade custom sticks in the market. Some issues about them that I tried to address with my build:
-Layout, most sticks these days are either Vewlix with some rare Namco Noir. Both have left-shifted bottom row, which I don’t like.
-Size, many sticks these days take up so much space. I want a more compact stick that I can fit into a standard messenger bag no issue.
-Button-stick distance. Playing on a standard 59mm button-stick distance feels so cramped with my hands so close to each other.
-Palm rest. This is mostly an issue with Hori RAP’s, which is big but feels so claustrophobic because it has very small palm rest.
I decided to adopt the old Hori Fighting Stick PS/SS layout. This layout helps solve a lot of these issues:
-Bottom row is not left-shifted.
-While it uses 59mm button-stick distance, since it’s meant to be played on the outer 6 buttons, it’s effectively a 95mm button-stick distance for the buttons I actually play.
-The extra 2 buttons are placed as the inner buttons, so the layout itself takes the same space as a normal layout despite effectively having 95mm button-stick distance. Also makes more sense; now the L1/L2 are actually on the left! It also has more space for me to rest my pinky on without the L1/L2 buttons getting in the way.
-Navigation buttons are placed towards the front instead of the back of the top panel. This helps make the stick smaller while still having a good space for the palm rest since I can place the main buttons and stick very close to the back of the case. The buttons use anti-vandal buttons with flush plunger and high actuation force, and I also cut holes on the acrylic the size of the rim so the acrylic surrounds the buttons making it impossible to press them on accident. An alternative is to place them on the side but due to how the case is constructed, side placement is not preferrable for me.
The result is a stick small enough to fit in a standard messenger bag but having enough space to place my whole hands on and doesn’t feel claustrophobic. This layout is so good (for me at least) that I’m wondering why it’s no longer in use anywhere. It only takes a few minutes to get used to playing on the outer 6 buttons, but once I did I find it really hard to play on standard layouts again.
The case is made of 1.5mm steel, making it heavy enough to not slide around during heavy execution despite the small size, and very durable. Parts use Seimitsu LS-56 stick with Sanwa silver balltop, and Gamerfinger HBFS-30-G3. PCB uses Brook’s audio board, which I was rather disappointed with since the included USB connector broke quickly and I ended up using the usual Neutrik USB, much more durable but then I lose audio access so the audio feature is wasted. Also, laser-etched acrylic top just because.