Prewired HSS Strat Pickguard

(17 customer reviews)

$385.00$405.00

Transform your HSS Stratocaster into the powerhouse of your dreams with our HSS Prewired Strat Pickguard. Instantly achieve world-class Fralin tone and discover what you’ve been missing. Expertly crafted using the highest-quality materials possible, we guarantee that our HSS Prewired Strat Pickguard will inspire you for years to come.

PRODUCT OPTIONS:
Clear

Pickup Stagger * 

Choose between Stock Stagger and Hybrid Stagger.

Add A Cover To Humbucker?

Customize your look further. Matching screws included.

Pickguard Add-Ons

Choose between a variety of Add Ons to further personalize and enhance your Prewired Pickguard. Choose if you want our Volume Kit, a separate Output Jack, or Screws.

Volume Pot Push Pull Modifications

Add even further functionality to your guitar with a Volume Pot Push Pull Pot modification. Choose between the Bright Switch, our Push Pull Volume Kit Mod, or a simple Coil Split.

Tone Pot Push Pull Pot Mods:

Add even further functionality to your guitar with a Tone Pot modification. Choose between the Bright Switch and Two-Tone Cap Mod.

Tone Cap

Select your Tone Cap(s). Please be sure to let us know where each tone cap goes if selecting different values. If selecting higher output pickups, be advised the Magic Cap will not work normally.

Tremolo Cover

Include a matching Tremolo Cover? This Tremolo Cover is an American Standard version and features one large hole for strings to go through.

Include Plastic Knobs

These knobs work on Split Shaft Pots only.

Additional Info:

To speed up your pickguard, please include any additional information here. If you have selected more than one Tone Cap, let us know where each value goes.

Due to the nature of Raw Nickel, Raw Nickel may contain slight cosemetic defects or abrasions.

We recommend using 2-Conductor With Shield Lead when purchasing a single pickup. 2-Conductor lead allows you to reverse the phase should you have phase issues. Learn More



Prewired HSS Strat Pickguard INFO:

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Prewired HSS Strat Pickguard FEATURES:

At Fralin Pickups, we’re always trying to make you sound your best. With our Prewired HSS Pickguard, you can rest assured that you will have the best-sounding pickups available, with the highest-quality parts on the market. And the best part? You get to design it. We guarantee that the unique tone and look will continue to empower you to sound your best.

  • Designed by you, expertly crafted by us: the ultimate “Build Your Own” Stratocaster Pickguard
  • USA-Made pickups & electronics for superior quality and tone
  • Hand-wired with USA-Made vintage cloth lead for a traditional look
  • Fully customize your appearance, tone, and wiring for a truly personalized HSS Strat Pickguard
  • Hand-assembled signed and dated by our pickguard craftsman
  • Backed by our 10-year warranty on materials and craftsmanship

Sound & Look

You get to design your Prewired HSS Pickguard to your liking, from the ground up. Choose your desired pickups, pickguard look, and wiring. Are you confused about any of the options? Contact Us, and we’ll walk you through it. To help you get started, here are some popular combinations that are guaranteed to sound amazing:

  1. Blues Special Neck & Middle, Pure PAF Bridge
  2. Vintage Hot Neck & Middle, Pure PAF Bridge
  3. Vintage Hot Neck & Middle, Big Single 42 Bridge
  4. Steel Pole 42 Neck & Middle, Pure PAF Bridge
  5. Steel Pole 43 Neck & Middle, Modern PAF Bridge

HSS Strat Pickguards can sound a bit daunting, as getting Single Coils and Humbuckers to play nicely can be tricky. Rest assured, we’ll help you craft your dream pickguard and work some magic behind the scenes to ensure all positions are inspiring.

CHOOSE YOUR PICKGUARD:

Our USA-Made Pickguards are some of the best in the industry and will fit most Strats*. These are USA-Made standard 11-hole Stratocaster pickguards. We have them available in the following styles and colors for HSS:

  1. White – 3 Ply
  2. Parchment (aged white) – 3 Ply
  3. Black – 3 Ply
  4. White Pearloid – 4 Ply
  5. Tortoiseshell – 4 Ply
  6. White Pearloid – 4 Ply
  7. Parchment Pearloid – 4 Ply

*Be sure to check your Stratocaster to make sure how many mounting holes you have


CHOOSE YOUR KNOB AND COVER COLOR:

We have White, Parchment (Aged White), Mint Green, and Black covers and Knobs available. Note: we only have plastic knobs available.

Lindy Fralin Strat Covers

Add Ons

We have a ton of add-ons available for your pickguard. Want to coil-split your bridge pickup? How about our Volume Kit? Need new pickguard screws? Just let us know!

KNOBS:

Available Knob Colors

MATCHING BACKPLATES:

Complete your look with a matching backplate for your Strat. We have matching backplates for all of our pickguard colors.

Fralin Pickups Matching Backplates

 

Wiring

Truly personalize your Strat by customizing your wiring! Here’s when you can choose how you want your Strat to act and feel. As a starting point, let’s break down a Standard Stratocaster Wiring Scheme:

  • Master Volume
  • Neck & Middle Tone (0.2 Cap)
  • Bridge Tone (0.2 Cap)

If you would like to customize this at all, consider adding one of our Push-Pull Pot Mods, or the Blender Pot instead of a Bridge Tone. We also have push-pull pot modifications available!

Push Pull Volume Kit:

This modification engages the volume kit when you pull up. It’s great if you like the Volume Kit mod, but want to choose when you want to engage it.

Bright Switch:

The Bright Switch puts your guitar into “Turbo Mode” when pulled up. It basically connects your pickups directly to the output jack. It does not work on 500K pots.

Coil Split:

This coil-split will split your Humbucker in the Bridge position. Splitting your humbucker will leave you with the Screw Coil, and send the Slug Coil to Ground.

Two-Tone Cap Push-Pull Mod:

Pretty self-explanatory! Select up to two-tone caps, and choose which one you want to use.

Please use the “Notes” field on the checkout screen to let us know which cap you want in the “Down” position, and which cap you want in the “Up” position.

FAQs

  • How long will my Pickguard take? Since we’re building it from scratch, give us about 7-10 days to put it together. We will always try to get it out beforehand.
  • Can you wire it up without the Pickguard? As it turns out, No. You can purchase an inexpensive pickguard, and you can pull out all the wiring once you receive it to put it in your pickguard. It’s just too time-consuming and unsafe to ship without a solid pickguard holding everything together.
  • Can I return my Pickguard? No. Since these are so custom and made to order, all pickguard sales are final, and not available for exchange or return.
  • What output should I choose? For simplicity, we’re keeping out outputs the stock outputs, but you can always request something different. Let us know in the notes field.
  • What Pots should I use? Most of the time, 250K Split Shaft pots will work best for guitars with single-coil pickups and plastic knobs. If you have metal knobs at home, go with Solid Shaft Pots.
  • What if I don’t see what I want? Use the “Notes” field on the checkout screen to type in any special requests. Use this field to describe how you want it wired as well if you wish to have anything customized. We’ll make it to your specs.
  • What does a Magic Cap do? Our Magic Cap is a very low capacitance tone cap. It doesn’t roll off highs as much as it seems to boost the mids. This works well on the bridge pickup only.
  • What does a Blender Pot do? Our Blender Pot takes the place of Tone #2, and it allows you to blend between the Neck and Bridge. You can get all three pickups on with a Blender Pot.
  • Why don’t I see Ground Jumper wires between all my parts? Our pickguards have a metal shielding that connects all of the metal parts; thus we don’t need to use jumper wires.

Installation

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!

 

Prewired HSS Strat Pickguard Questions And Answers:

Have a question about our Prewired HSS Strat Pickguard? Leave it here! We will answer your question within 24 hours.

2 Questions about Prewired HSS Strat Pickguard

  1. I am looking at purchasing a pre-wired HSS pickguard with 2 vintage hot single coils and the pure P.A.F in the bridge. What volume pot value is best for this? Also, can I get the Pure P.A.F. in F-spaced 52mm with the raw nickel cover option? Thanks!

    1. Hey Stephen – The volume pot really depends on what position you would use the most. I would recommend 250K if you are mainly a Neck / Middle player, or 500K if you’re mainly playing on the bridge. If the latter is true, I recommend going to Blues Specials instead of the Vintage Hots. You can certainly get a 52mm / Raw Nickel Pure P.A.F.!

  2. I am wanting to purchase a prewired HSS pickguard with the high output humbucker and two blues specials. I am wondering which value volume pot you would recommend. Also which tone caps are recommended?

    1. Hey Garron,

      I would recommend 500K pots for this. Your Blues Specials will be a bit brighter on 500K, but they will still sound good. I would also consider switching Blues Specials to High Outputs, or switching the High Output Humbucker to a Modern P.A.F.. They will be more compensated that way.


CUSTOMER REVIEWS

17 reviews for Prewired HSS Strat Pickguard

  1. James Carter
    Verified Buyer

    Best! Turned my strat into the machine it was meant to be

  2. Stephen Fesperman

    I am looking at purchasing a pre-wired HSS pickguard with 2 vintage hot single coils and the pure P.A.F in the bridge. What volume pot value is best for this? Also, can I get the Pure P.A.F. in F-spaced 52mm with the raw nickel cover option? Thanks!

    • Tyler Delsack
      (store manager)

      Hey Stephen – The volume pot really depends on what position you would use the most. I would recommend 250K if you are mainly a Neck / Middle player, or 500K if you’re mainly playing on the bridge. If the latter is true, I recommend going to Blues Specials instead of the Vintage Hots. You can certainly get a 52mm / Raw Nickel Pure P.A.F.!

  3. Steven Shults
    Verified Buyer

    Stellar

    Pros: Too many to list here. I’m sure I haven’t even discovered all the pros yet. Cons: Now I want Fralins in all my guitars. (IoW: I can’t think of any cons.) Stop reading reviews and start your order. 🙂

  4. Garron Seaton

    I am wanting to purchase a prewired HSS pickguard with the high output humbucker and two blues specials. I am wondering which value volume pot you would recommend. Also which tone caps are recommended?

    • Tyler Delsack
      (store manager)

      Hey Garron,

      I would recommend 500K pots for this. Your Blues Specials will be a bit brighter on 500K, but they will still sound good. I would also consider switching Blues Specials to High Outputs, or switching the High Output Humbucker to a Modern P.A.F.. They will be more compensated that way.

  5. Randy Mantei
    Verified Buyer

    Great communication and customer service.

  6. James Carter
    Verified Buyer

    Worth it! Turned an average strat into a legend. Worth every penny

  7. James Larson
    Verified Buyer

    Great Quality and Easy Install
    I have been so impressed with my prewired pickguard. Also very happy with the professional communication when they wanted to run something by me to make sure that I was getting exactly what I wanted. Install was super easy and my guitar sounds wonderful! Would definitely recommend.

  8. Frank Leonardis
    Verified Buyer

    Quality, Tone and Customer Service!!!
    There’s no question of the tone and quality of Fralin’s work. That is proven time and again with each product I buy. Coupled with professionalism and respect and patience and communication is a recipe for the ultimate customer experience!!! Thank you all at Fralin!!! I’ll be back four more soon!!!

  9. Randall Taggart
    Verified Buyer

    The pickups sound great and have the tone we were looking for but the push-pull pot is really difficult to actuate and your fingers slip off the dial subsequently – otherwise all good

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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 HSS Strat Pickguard.
HARNESSES:
  • Our parts and wire lengths are designed to work seamlessly with our Prewired HSS Strat 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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