Customizable Prewired HSS Strat Pickguard

5.00 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
(5 customer reviews)


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.


Pickup Stagger * 

Choose between Stock Stagger and Hybrid Stagger. This applies to Single Coils only. Medium to Round radius necks use Stock. Flat fingerboards use Hybrid.

Add A Cover To Humbucker?

Customize your look further. Matching screws included.

Pickguard Add-Ons

Tone Cap

We will hook you up with 2 tone caps if you choose two tone pots. We recommend choosing two different value caps for ultimate tonal variation. Please use the notes field on the checkout screen to tell us which tone cap goes where. For instance, you may want a .02mfd Master Tone in Tone 1, and a Magic Cap in Tone 2.

Push Pull Modifications

Customize your tone one step further with Push Pull Modifications.

Include Knobs & Matching Backplate

We have Plastic Knobs available – these will work for Split Shaft Pots only. We can provide the Tremolo Spring cover to match your pickguard choice. These have 6 Holes for your strings to go through.

HSS Pickguards. The Fralin Way.

At Fralin Pickups, we’re always trying to make you sound better. With our Fralin Prewired HSS Pickguards, you can rest assured that you will have the best sounding pickups available, with the highest-quality parts on the market. You can customize your pickguard exactly how you want it, and we’ll make it to your specifications.


  • The ultimate “Build Your Own” Stratocaster Pickguard
  • USA-Made pickups & electronics for superior quality
  • Hand-wired with USA-Made vintage cloth lead for a traditional look
  • Fully customizable – from appearance to function
  • Features a variety of Push-Pull mods for a personalized tone
  • Hand-assembled signed and dated by our pickguard craftsman
  • 10-year warranty on materials and craftsmanship


Choosing Your Pickups:

With our pickguards, you can choose any combination of pickups you would like.

A significant amount of thought is required when choosing pickups for an HSS Prewired Pickguard. Humbuckers and Single Coil pickups are two different pickup designs and require different pot values to work nicely together. For more reading on this, check out our article on this subject here: How to Mix Single Coils and Humbuckers

Here are some helpful questions to ask yourself:

  • Which position do I use the most? Neck or Bridge? You can start there to determine your tone.
  • What do I want out of each position? Clean Neck sounds? Dirty Bridge sounds? Vice Versa?

Here are some popular combinations:

  1. Blues Special Neck & Middle, Pure P.A.F. Bridge
  2. Vintage Hot Neck & Middle, Pure P.A.F. Bridge
  3. Vintage Hot Neck & Middle, Big Single 42 Bridge


We use the highest-quality pickguards available, only from Allparts®. 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


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


Most prewired pickguards are going to have a Master Volume, Neck & Middle Tone, and a Bridge Tone. You can customize this by adding a Blender Pot in Tone 2 or a Push-Pull Pot to split the Bridge Pickup. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, type what you would like the “notes” field on the checkout screen.


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!

A note on Coil Tapping: We can coil tap your bridge pickup for you. The location of the Push-Pull Pot will be in the Tone Pot 1 Position. We will include a Partial Tap Resistor if we deem it necessary The Slug Coil will be sent to ground (Tapped) when you pull up.


Lindy Fralin Strat Knob Covers


Fralin Pickups Matching Backplates

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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.


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!

5 reviews for Customizable Prewired HSS Strat Pickguard

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Lund (verified owner)


    2017 American Professional Strat. The Tim Shaw single coils in it were pretty legit, but I wanted a Strat with a humbucker, so I decided to convert mine with a new loaded pickguard. I shopped it for a while and actually played a Duncan loaded Strat, but when a friend let me play his ‘87 Strat with Fralin Blues Special single coils in the neck and middle, I knew that was the sound I wanted. Once I installed the pickguard (easy install if you’re even kind of good with a soldering iron), I was instantly stunned about what those pickups did. Articulate notes and undertones come out in a good way! Add some gain and the single coils range from a warm and fat clean to a lightning sizzle with a turn of the volume knob. I chose the 8.2K Pure PAF, thinking that a little lower output humbucker would play better with the output of the single coils. I love what that pickup does. If I am gained up, there are moments that the Strat will get a Les Paul-like growl. If a player wanted to go with a higher output humbucker, I do not think you could be dissatisfied with the outcome. I’m very pleased with my purchase. This modification to my $1400.00 Strat makes it feel and sound like a guitar that came out of the custom shop at twice the price. I even called and spoke to a representative at Fralin with a few questions about the choice of capacitors and that guy was awesome. (Sorry I don’t recall his name.) The experience was great all together. I’ll definitely do business with Fralin again!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paul Daly (verified owner)

    Simply the best pickups I have used, really love them…they sound great with some overdrive, nice crunch if you need to and clean up really nice. I have single coil blues specials on the neck/middle with modern PAF on the bridge for the Strat. Also did a blender on tone 2 with push/pull on tone 1. With the Tele I have blues specials on on both bridge and neck. I get compliments all the time on the overall tone for both guitars. If you are on the fence, get off the fence and go for it you will not be disappointed.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Dziallo (verified owner)

    The Hiwatt of pre-wired pickguards
    Amazing work. The only problem I had was the height adjustment screws for the humbucking pickup were too long and the pickguard would not lay flat. Some trouble removing the screws from the pickup, but once that was done and shorter screws were installed it was all good.

  4. 5 out of 5


    Hello there,
    I have a set of Vintage Hots and a Standard Humbucker on my Stratocaster. Absolutely great pickups!! My luthier is an official dealer of yours and we have used all the recommended specs but I think that the humbucker sounds kinda muddy.. Do you happen to have any ideas about what can we do in order to fix that? Thank you very much, greetings from Greece!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Pekka Viljanen (verified owner)

    Extremely great pickups and prewired pickguard.

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