Customizable Prewired HSS Strat Pickguard

(11 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.


Customizable Prewired HSS Strat Pickguard INFO:

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Customizable 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!

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!


CUSTOMER REVIEWS

11 reviews for Customizable Prewired HSS Strat Pickguard

  1. Randall Taggart (verified owner)

    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

  2. Chris Rose

    Can’t install, unfortunately, it does not fit my Fender Pro HSS. The bridge pickup is way too big. For the route

  3. Kyle Wolowiec (verified owner)

    Love it! Sounds amazing. Love it. Might get another one in the future.

  4. Blake Minklein (verified owner)

    HSS Pickguard!

    I already knew that I love LF pickups, I have bought them a few times before. This is the first time getting a complete pickguard and it was totally worth it. The sound is amazing, the quality is amazing and I would definitely buy another one when the time arises!

  5. Kaleb Herndon (verified owner)

    Exactly What I Wanted

    I purchased a prewired H/S/S pickguard with 2 vintage hots and a big single 42. I have never liked HSS setups on guitars because I don’t think that most humbuckers go well in them. They are nearly always too compressed or hot for my style of playing. I also didn’t want a normal SSS because I never use the single coil bridge, even with a baseplate. Too noisy. So I got a big single to try and capture the uncompressed sound and feel of a single coil but the silence of a humbucker. It sounds perfect. I just told the Fralin company what my guitar was made out of and let them choose the wind. I had a set of player strat pickups in it and these blow those out of the water. I used to have to “tame” my strat with the tone and volume knobs to get rid of that ice-pick sound. Now, I usually don’t roll the tone down because there simply is no ice-pick. At all. Gone. It just sounds like a glassy, chimey, airy strat. I really couldn’t be happier. I also ordered during the covid-19 crisis and they still had very impressive turn around times. Highly recommended.

  6. Timothy Wirth

    Exactly What I Wanted

    I purchased a prewired H/S/S pickguard with 2 vintage hots and a big single 42. I have never liked HSS setups on guitars because I don’t think that most humbuckers go well in them. They are nearly always too compressed or hot for my style of playing. I also didn’t want a normal SSS because I never use the single-coil bridge, even with a baseplate. Too noisy. So I got a big single to try and capture the uncompressed sound and feel of a single coil but the silence of a humbucker. It sounds perfect. I just told the Fralin company what my guitar was made out of and let them choose the wind. I had a set of player strat pickups in it and these blow those out of the water. I used to have to “tame” my strat with the tone and volume knobs to get rid of that ice-pick sound. Now, I usually don’t roll the tone down because there simply is no ice-pick. At all. Gone. It just sounds like a glassy, chimey, airy strat. I really couldn’t be happier. I also ordered during the covid-19 crisis and they still had very impressive turn around times. Highly recommended.

  7. Brandon Lund (verified owner)

    Astonishing!

    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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Alex

    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!!!

  11. Pekka Viljanen (verified owner)

    Extremely great pickups and prewired pickguard.

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