Connect my Fretlight Guitar to Guitar Pro 8.0 on a PC or Apple Mac

We've detailed out below how to connect your wireless Fretlight guitar to a PC or Mac computer. You must have Bluetooth 4.0 (also referred to as Bluetooth BLE) on your computer. A Bluetooth 4.0 USB dongle may also work and you can purchase that on Amazon. You must have Windows 10 for PC users as well.

BEFORE YOU CONNECT TO ANY DEVICE MAKE SURE...

  1. Whatever device you are connecting to is the ONLY device that has it's Bluetooth turned on. The guitar will connect to the first device it sees.
  2. Did you clear the guitar's memory by pressing and holing the connect button until all the lights come on?
  3. If PC are you using Windows 10?
  4. If iPad, is it Gen 3 or greater?
  5. Is the guitar charged?
  6. Are you sure your PC or Mac has Bluetooth 4.0?
  7. Have you updated Guitar Pro 8.0?

onnecting your Fretlight to your PC and Mac Computer

1. Download Guitar Pro 8.0

Purchase Guitar Pro 8.0 software on our store. GO HERE. After it downloads, install it.

PC and Mac: The latest update is version 8.0. This version has the Fretlight functionality built in. After you install the update, restart your computer.

2. Make sure that the Fretlight Preferences button is showing in the software

1. Launch Guitar Pro 8.0.
2. Go to File> Preferences> Interface and you'll see an option to "Show Fretlight Button". Turn that "ON".

3a. Pair and connect your Fretlight to your Mac

1. After doing #1 & #2 above, restart your Mac.
2. Turn on Bluetooth on your Mac computer, but DO NOT try to pair the guitar at this point.
3. Launch GP8.0.
4. Click the Fretlight window icon, far upper right of the GP8.0 screen, to open the Fretlight preferences.
5. Click the button in the upper right of that window to turn on Fretlight capability.
6. Now click the "ON" button on your Fretlight. It should start blinking an E Maj open chord. When it connects to your Mac, the lights will go out. This may happen almost instantly or it make take a few seconds. The Fretlight will not sure up in your list of connected devices BUT in the GP8.0 Fretlight prefs window it will say "connected."
6. Highlight the Tablature button and then load a sample file from the examples available under the File menu.
7. Click play and your Fretlight should be lighting up the tab.

Arobas is the developer of GP8.0 software. It is important that bugs get reported to them directly. CLICK HERE to report bugs including Fretlight connectivity.

3b. Pair and connect your Fretlight to your PC

1. After doing #1 & #2 above, restart your PC
2. Go to your settings, Bluetooth devices.
3. Turn Bluetooth on. You may have to wait a few seconds while it starts up.
4. Click "Add Bluetooth or other device", another window will open.
5. NOW TAP the "ON" button on your Fretlight. It should start blinking an E Maj open chord.
6. When "Fretlight Guitar" appears in the window (your PC has found the Fretlight), click on it. When the PC connects to your Fretlight it should say "connected" underneath the words "Fretlight Guitar" and the blinking lights on the Fretlight itself will go out. This may happen almost instantly or it make take a few seconds.
7. Launch GP8.0. Click the Fretlight window icon, far upper right of the GP8.0 screen, to open the Fretlight preferences.
8. Click the button in the upper right of that window to turn on Fretlight capability.
9. Highlight the Tablature button and then load a sample file from the examples available under the File menu.
10. Click play and your Fretlight should be lighting up the tab.

A bug was found where if you don't connect for a few days, the guitar and PC won't connect again. Try deleting the Fretlight as a Bluetooth device, restarting windows and re-pairing and connecting.

Arobas is the developer of GP8.0 software. It is important that bugs get reported to them directly. CLICK HERE to report bugs including Fretlight connectivity.

NOTE: If you're having difficulty connecting, try holding the Fretlight button in for 3 seconds to turn the Fretlight guitar off and clear its memory. Once you see all the lights light up let go of the button and then you'll see all the lights go out. This is particularly useful if you've connected to one device, then later want to connect to another.