Prewired Strat Pickguard
Don’t settle for some one-size-fits-all generic pickguard. Design your own with the finest-quality materials in the industry. Our Strat Prewired Pickguards are the perfect product for anyone who wants the Fralin Tone, instantly. We use the finest materials available: from CTS® Pots, USA-Made Pickguards, and CRL® Switches.
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Fully prewired and assembled and includes a set of Knobs, a Matching Switch Tip, and Mounting Hardware.
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Prewired Strat Pickguard FEATURES:
At Fralin Pickups, we’re always trying to make you sound better. The Fralin Prewired Pickguard offers the best tone and highest quality available. We use our world-famous pickups with the best ingredients we can get. We hand-wire our prewired pickguard with painstaking attention to detail.
Furthermore, you can customize your pickguard exactly how you want it! With this Prewired Pickguard, you can have the famous Fralin tone and ease of mind. All you need to do is solder a few wires, screw it in, string it up, and you’re off rocking!
- 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
Sound & Look
Choose Your Pickguard
We use the finest quality pickguards available. These are standard USA-Made 11-hole Stratocaster pickguards. The following options are available:
We wanted to use the highest-quality, USA-Made pickguards available. We have Single Ply White (8-hole vintage style), 3-Ply White, Mint Green, Parchment, Black, White Pearloid, Parchment Pearloid, and Tortoise.
Please note: that while we try and make every effort to make sure everything matches, different manufacturers and dye lots can cause subtle differences in hue and tone.
Choose your pickups
With our pickguards, you can choose any combination of pickups you would like. Load in a calibrated set of pickups like our best-selling Vintage Hots or Blues Specials, or mix and match!
Choose your Cover Color
Customize your look further with our Strat Pickup Covers. We have Black, Mint Green, Parchment (Aged White), and White covers available.
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.
We have a ton of add-ons available for your pickguard. Want a baseplate installed on your bridge? How about our Volume Kit? Need new pickguard screws? Just let us know!
Complete your look with a matching backplate for your Strat. We have matching backplates for all of our pickguard colors.
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! Follow the Installation Guide below, or watch the video:
Prewired Strat Pickguard Questions And Answers:
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Can an 8 hole pickguard be used instead of an 11 hole?
Q Can an 8 hole pickguard be used instead of an 11 hole?A
Hey Brian, yes - select Single Ply White or Single Ply Black. That's the only combination we have at the moment, and they are 8-Hole.
I ordered a prewired pickguard , and looking at the Installation instructions, I see there is no body cavity ground wire coming from volume pot. Only 2 ground wires. 1/ to input jack, 1/ to trem spring claw. On present wiring there is a third wire from the volume pot to the body cavity. Also note guitar body cavity has paint shielding. Is this an unneeded ground ,or does a ground wire to shielding cavity need to be added? Thank you so much for yo...
Q I ordered a prewired pickguard , and looking at the Installation instructions, I see there is no ...... Read moreA
Hey Ron, thanks for your question. Some guitars do not come with a body cavity ground, so we omitted it. That said, simply de-solder your existing connection from the pot and re-attach it on the volume pot to ground out your cavity.
Can you wire a pickguard with three single coils with a single tone knob vs the typical two (I.e., 1V1T)?
Q Can you wire a pickguard with three single coils with a single tone knob vs the typical two (I.e....... Read moreA
Hey Keith, yes! Select "Fralin Pickups Wiring" for a master volume, master tone, and blender pot.
Hi, I was wondering if the pre-wired strat pickguard includes shielding on the back of the pickguard to aid with noise? I also plan on shielding my Strat's cavity with copper. In you experience, is this enough to cut out 60-cycle hum? thanks!
Q Hi, I was wondering if the pre-wired strat pickguard includes shielding on the back of the pickgu...... Read moreA
Hey Peter, in our experience, we haven't had much luck with totally shielding the guitar and getting significant results out of it. That said, it shouldn't hurt anything! Our Prewired Pickguards feature shielding on the controls to help "star" ground all electronics. You can certainly add more shielding if you wish.
I wanted to know if getting a split blade only in the bridge was an option. Also, how high is the output relative to the vintage hots and the woodstock. ideally I want a slightly higher output in the bridge as to not get lost in the mix but not an strong enough bump to change the gain structure
Q I wanted to know if getting a split blade only in the bridge was an option. Also, how high is the...... Read moreA
Hey Robert, you can certainly do that. Please do the following:
- Select "Split Steel Pole Strat Bridge Upgrade"
- Use the "notes" field on the checkout screen OR product screen to request the split blade. I would recommend the High Output Split Blade.
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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 Strat Pickguard.
- Our parts and wire lengths are designed to work seamlessly with our Prewired 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.
Amazing upgrade for my MiM Player Strat! I went with the Vintage Hots in the neck and middle positions, and high output in the bridge. The pickups sound incredible and I couldn’t be happier. Install was straightforward and simple even though my soldering skills are basic. I would highly recommend one of these pickguards if you are considering an upgrade.
LOVE my new Strat! I spoke with Lindy and while I thought I might order Vintage Hot Strat pickups, after talking about my guitar and what I want out of it, he recommended the ’54s. He was RIGHT ON and I love how my guitar sounds and plays now. He also recommended the piece of metal on the back of the bridge pickup, as well as the blender pot. I wouldn’t have gotten it with either and I’m so glad I got both!
The pickguard made installation as easy as could be, and I say that having never replaced pickups before.
If you’re on the fence about putting in some Fralins, do it today!
Construction wise the 3 “real 54” prewired pick guard is meticulously well executed, lots to be learned about technique. The pickups themselves are extremely well balanced all along the frequency spectrum no doubt heavily contributing to it chimey/bell like vintage sound. Takes any type of delay (from Wampler metaverse or Pro Tools) with no eq distortion that I could detect. Also fares well with different types of distortion (Kemper Profiler/ Dr. Z) Anyone running direct to record would certainly love these but they certainly don’t mind being played back through a speaker either. Lot’s of writing ideas live in these pickups!!
I ordered a prewired pickguard loaded with Steel Pole 42s in the neck and middle, and a split steel in the bridge. I am blown away! These pickups totally changed my guitar for the better. My pickguard looks great, and the wiring/soldering is top notch. Installation was easy thanks to the instructions provided by Fralin Pickups. I can’t say enough about these pickups and the prewired pickguard. I’ve always heard that Fralin pickups were good. Now I’m a believer! These are amazing. A perfect blend of P90 and vintage/hot strat tone. Nice mids and low end, without all of the piercing treble that can be a problem with Strats. I’m a Fralin customer for life. I plan on ordering more pickups for my other guitars and basses. Thanks for the amazing work you do!
I got the high output pickups in all 3 positions and I think they’re great. It’s a great combination of clarity, dirt, and body (sometimes strats just sound thin or weak). This sounds like a Stratocaster but totally fixes that problem. In a perfect world they wouldn’t have single coil him but what are you gonna do? The world isn’t perfect but Fralin pickups are as close as you can get.
The pre wired pickguard is the way to go. The wiring is clean and it’s a perfect fit and simple installation. The 54 pickups live up to all of the positive reviews and then some. I dropped these in a Fender Robert Cray hardtail body with and old Fender USA standard neck and the guitar came to life! The custom shop ceramic pickups fender puts into the RC sound like cheap toys next to Lindy’s pickups. All of my guitars have Fralin’s in them and for good reason. A Fralin makes the best organic sounding pickups there is. I’ve tried many of the top ones out there and always come back to Fralin pickups. The 54’s differ slight from the vintage hots. There is more sparkle with the 54’s and expanded frequency range to me ears without and harshness in the top end at all. I love the VH pickups too but it’s nice to have two killer strats with two different sets. I play cleaner tones and fingerstyle only. My amps are a 55 tweed deluxe and a 52 tweed pro and I only use a bit of verb or slapback. If you are a purist like me tone wise, you just can’t go wrong with Fralin’s in my opinion. Top notch for the tones I use!
Ordered a pre-wired strat pickguard for a Fender CS strat that was SSH and I wanted SSS. I ordered a neck and middle Woodstock and a high output bridge pickup with a baseplate. I also ordered a treble bleed kit as well. I really like the tone of everything, very stratty in a late 60’s vibe. I have an all original ’65 strat and the CS is a bit brighter with more mids so I’m glad it’s different. I gig the CS and this will work out great.
The only thing I notice is that the treble bleed really dumps the bottom end out, much more than other guitars I have that have treble bleeds (all of them). My ’65 has one (I put it in years ago) and that guitar sound more natural when the guitar is turned down. I notice Fralin sent another cap, maybe it’s to change the treble bleed? I’ll have to ask them.
I got the Vintage Hot Strat pickups in a prewired pickguard, parchment pearloid, with a push-pull tone pot and blend pot. For the tone pot, I have the standard cap (0.02) in the down position and the magic cap in up. My overall impression of the pickups is they are fantastic.
I previously had a Kinman Blues set, which I had for 15+ years. And while they are nice and have very low noise, there was something missing. The Vintage Hots have an extra sparkle that makes them sound what you expect a great Strat pickup should sound like. They are not too bright either, but have an upper midrange presence and tight bass that goes well with my amp, a Fender Tweed Bassman modified with 6V6 tubes. I also played them through a bunch of boutique amps at my local guitar shop and they sound excellent in those amps as well.
It took about two and a half weeks from my order date to receive the pickguard. Installation was easy as I’m pretty handy with a soldering iron. One issue I did have was the tone pot didn’t seem to do anything. I emailed them and got a call almost immediately. After talking to them, I took photos and sent them in. There was a wire missing from the tone pot to the switch for which they apologized profusely. I missed it too when I looked. They offered to pay for shipping to repair, but I said I could do it. They then gave me 15% off my next order, which I will gladly take as I want to build up a telecaster.
Overall build quality was excellent and service was excellent. The blend pot acts somewhat like a tone pot in that blending the neck pickup in cuts some of the highs down on the bridge pickup. The magic cap does this as well for the bridge pickup. The only thing I would change would be to have the magic cap in the down position. I don’t use the tone pot much except on the bridge. I may change this next time I change strings.
I am very pleased my choice of pickups and pickguard and highly recommend Fralin.
Received my pre-wired tortoise shell pickguard, with Vintage Hots installed. I installed it, along with the custom output Jack, on my MIM Strat. Great instructions which made the installation very easy. I plugged it into my Twin Reverb amp, and WOW! Absolutely beautiful tone! The clarity is awesome! Each of the five positions sound great. The blender knob opens up more tonal variety.
I have Fralin pickups in my American Deluxe Tele. Those pickups are awesome, as well.
Many, many thanks to Lindy and his associates for taking the time to answer all my questions in assisting me to select the best pickups for both guitars. Received a lot of compliments on the tone of both guitars!
I ordered vintage hot single coils ( prewired ) for a stratocaster that I built for my son. They sound amazing ! Happy son, happy dad