Prewired 4-Split Blade Pickguard
Lindy's Take on an HSS Strat
Our Pre-Wired Strat Pickguards are the perfect product for anyone who wants the Fralin Tone, instantly. We use the finest materials available: from CTS® Pots, AllParts® Pickguards, and CRL® Switches. With a few short steps with a soldering iron, you can be rocking out with a new look, and the best tone you can find, instantly. With this pickguard, you have more options than ever, with no hum!
Fully prewired and assembled and includes a set of Knobs, a Matching Switch Tip, and Mounting Hardware.
Prewired 4-Split Blade Pickguard Info:
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Prewired 4-Split Blade Pickguard FEATURES:
- Lindy Fralin Original Design
- Unique 4-Split Blade design for Humbucker and SSS tones
- An interesting and unique look
- Clean and clear, lots of Fender sparkle and twang
- USA-made Magnets for optimal tonal balance and output
- Compensated Bridge for even volume across all pickups
- Three Blade heights available for different fingerboard radiuses
- Hand-wound with our “Sectioning” technique for unique, dynamic tone
- Hand-built for unrivaled quality control
- 10-Year Warranty on manufacturing defects
This might be the ultimate prewired pickguard for Strat. Our Prewired 4 Split Blade Pickguard is truly unique. This pickguard gives you hum-free performance, with H-S-S and S-S-S sounds. The unique dual Split Blade bridge gives a humbucker tone when both Split Blades are on. When Split, you’ll get hum-free single-coil tones. This allows you to have a ton of amazing noiseless options at your fingertips. You can customize your pickguard exactly how you want it, and we’ll make it to your specifications.
Sound & Look
CHOOSE YOUR PICKGUARD:
We wanted to use the finest quality pickguards available. We had Allparts custom-make these pickguards specifically for us. These are custom-designed 11-hole Stratocaster pickguards, designed to use two Split Blades in the bridge. We have them available in the following plys and colors:
- White – 3 Ply
- Parchment (off white) – 3 Ply
- Mint Green – 3 Ply
- Black – 3-Ply
CHOOSE YOUR PICKUPS:
With our 4-Split Blade Pickguard, you can choose any combination of pickups you would like. There are a few popular combinations available. First, our compensated sets sound the even across all pickups. For instance, choosing the Vintage Set will give you an even, authentic Fender tone. Furthermore, you can mix pickup outputs to achieve the effect you want. A popular combination is using Vintage in the Neck and Middle, and High Output in the Bridge.
Determining the outputs and pot values are important for a great-sounding guitar. Vintage Output & High Output Split Blades sound best with 250K pots. Blues Output & Super High Output Split Blades sound best with 500K pots.
See below for a useful chart:
Customize your pickguard’s wiring by selecting between two powerful wiring options. Select between Fralin Pickups Wiring and Standard Stratocaster® Wiring.
Fralin Pickups Wiring features an intuitive layout: a Master Volume, Master Tone, and a Blender Pot. The Blender Pot delivers incredible versatility by allowing you to combine the Neck and Bridge, for Telecaster-type tones, and more. Fralin Pickups wiring is Lindy’s favorite way to wire a Stratocaster.
Standard Stratocaster Wiring delivers a classic take on the Strat – a Master Volume, Neck & Middle Tone, and a separate Bridge Tone. This wiring allows you to select multiple cap values for a bit more tone versatility.
Custom Requests can be made using the “notes” field.
Check out our installation guide below to put your new pickguard in! With 20 minutes a few easy steps, you can get your pickguard in your guitar and start rocking out with some of the best sounding pickups in the world!
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Prewired 4-Split Blade Pickguard FAQ's
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10 Genuine Reviews for Prewired 4-Split Blade Pickguard
I am enjoying my 4 Split Blade Blues set up, each day I get to find new settings and new sounds, I am not a pro player so experimenting is a blast for me, it was a special build because I wanted a Tortoise Shell pick guard. I hope they decide to offer the Tortoise and White Pearloid guards in the pre wired 4 Slit Blade in the future, best sounding guitar I have
Just what I was looking for in versatility, great sounding… Thanks a pile!
Amazing Sound, Amazing Support
These are the best sounding pick ups I’ve ever played. With this setup, I’m able to to get all of my favorite SSS tones with the ability to drive a little harder with the humbucker. I added the blender pot option, and I highly recommend it. Along with the tones mentioned above, the blender pot allows me to dial in a pretty convincing tele tone. I never want to put down my guitar again!
Split blades HSS; double High Output and 2x Blues
Put them, into a Fender Stratocaster American Special HSS. Getting it installed was a bit of hassle since the cavity of the original Atomic humbucker is few mm smaller than the double split blades require. Luthier solved the problem and there was no more annoyance, only the pure joy of tonality. They’re very good sounding, powerful and beefy, still with the taste of the original single coils. I love the versatility of the blender pot. I also enjoy the sound of the middle position, which I never used before. There is a pull/push bright switch installed, but I don’t see it too useful (yet). It’s the excessive bright tone of the Strat that I wanted to get rid of. I set up the pickups much lower, then Lindy recommended, around 3 mm from the fretted string at 22nd on both sides, this sounded best to my ears. So it was a huge investment, around half of the value of my whole guitar, but It worth the money. Definitely recommended.
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Great authentic vintage sound. Very versatile. The super high output humbucker does the job for the most part, but I can’t be too choosy. It is so cool I can use one guitar for the whole gig.
I was looking for something different to do with an HSS American Elite Strat. Lindy said that if I was looking for a legit humbucker bridge thing, that I should just do the standard HSS. I already have one of those so off we went with the 4 split blade idea. I wanted to install them myself but was thankful that Lindy put the bridge pair together…I used the Fralin pickguard and wired the set with push-push pots as the two tone controls. One push-push switch makes the bridge “single coil,” and the other wires the bridge to be on regardless of the switch, so you can use it with positions 4 and 5. I used 500k pots but found I preferred the bridge with 250k, so I lowered the value for that one and left the neck and middle to see 500k. I used a standard 5-way switch. I really like the separate height adjustments for the two halves of the “humbucker.” Most of my guitars have humbuckers in the bridge, so I’d guess it makes sense that I set the treble side of the humbucker fairly even, which makes the high strings thicker. However, after experimenting a little I found that I like the bass side offset a bit, which gives more clarity and punch to the wound strings. This guitar cuts through the mix WELL. The single coil sounds are pure Strat. Split blade Blues in the neck are one of my favorite strat sounds, and the inbetween “quack” at 2 and 4 are everything I’d expected. With the push/push switches I can also get a sort of Tele thing using bridge single and neck. In the end, I couldn’t be happier–it sounds GREAT and looks really cool too. Thanks to Lindy and Tyler at Fralin for all of your help!
My whole purchase experience was excellent. Lindy Fralin took time to call me after my order was received to clarify my expectations and make a very helpful suggestion about an option that, with my pickup choices, wasn’t needed. He could have left that and just let me pay for it. That level of professionalism is rare. The tone of the pickups is everything I hoped for. The tone is subjective of course and adjectives can be difficult but I would describe them as full, round, nuanced and touch-sensitive. I have never heard positions 2 and 4 sound so great. I now play through a Kemper profiling amp and these pickups let all my favourite profiles bloom. I am completely sold on the blender pot option for neck and bridge. My Strat needed a bit of body modification to properly accommodate the prewired set up; not challenging. The fit and finish of the product is excellent. Thank you, Lindy Fralin, for expanding pickup technology and providing guitarists with a high-quality product.
For all you tone junkies! Like me, this custom pickguard has all the arrangements to achieve maximum stellar musical tones…no matter what your style calls for, you name it, it does it. For blues, the neck position kills any SRV Licks ? you choose. The Bridge Position with the Blender Pot gives you such an attack without the teeth. Throw it back to the Neck, roll-off on the second Blender, and you have chime you can’t distinguish between the real thing. The middle position for country fatness is to die for. The second and fourth parallel position for jamming makes you want to drive all day. All I can say whether your style calls for blues, Country, Jazz, Alternative, Metal, Funk… or whatever these blades will cut and never get dull.
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NOTES ON COLOR:
- Please note that while we strive to provide the most accurate color representation possible, different computer monitors, manufacturer dye lots, and other circumstances may prevent the color from matching perfectly.
- Since we cannot guarantee color matching, we cannot provide a return to you if you are unhappy with the color matching of our Prewired 4-Split Blade Pickguard.
- Our parts and wire lengths are designed to work seamlessly with our Prewired 4-Split Blade Pickguard. Due to various guitar and instrument designs, we cannot guarantee that our parts will fit properly, and due to this, we do not offer Wiring Harnesses.
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