Prepped Baseplate

(23 customer reviews)

$12.00

Installing a Baseplate on your guitar will increase the power and bass of your Strat’s bridge pickup. We do all the work for you, all you have to do is follow some simple instructions below for installation.

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Prepped Baseplate INFO:

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Prepped Baseplate FEATURES:

The Prepped Baseplate adds power and bass to your Strat’s bridge pickup. This easy-to-install modification will provide a slight boost in volume and power when installed. You’ll notice more low-mid frequencies. This mod works on our Vintage Hots, Blues Specials, Real ’54s, and High Outputs.

The Fralin Prepped Baseplate can install on most Fender-style Strat Pickups. It will not work on pickups with bar magnets or steel screws. This Baseplate will not work on the following products: Split Blade® Strat, Steel Pole 43 Strat, Steel Pole 42 Strat, Split Steel Pole Strat

Installation

The Prepped Baseplate is easy to install. All you need is the following:

  1. High-Powered Soldering Pencil
  2. Wire Cutter

To install, start by identifying the ground connection of your Bridge Pickup. On most pickups, the ground connection is where the Black Lead connects to (Step 1). Position the baseplate on the back of the Bridge Pickup and line up the ground wire with the ground eyelet on the back of the pickup (see Step 2).

Using your soldering iron, solder the grounding lead to the eyelet, and clip off the excess grounding lead. Be careful not to ‘overcook’ the eyelet. Your iron should be hot enough to ‘flow’ the solder quickly.

Lastly, you’ll need to melt the wax on the baseplate. You can do this a few different ways, but the easiest is to use your soldering pencil to heat the baseplate up enough to flow the wax. Let the baseplate cool and cure.

Lindy Fralin Baseplate Instructions

Prepped Baseplate Questions And Answers:

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2 Questions about Prepped Baseplate

  1. Good morning, I’m experimenting on a squire CV 50 p bass and was wondering if this plate works on a bass or if getting 5% + overwind on your split 51 p bass would be a better choice? Or if both would work? Thanks Mike.

    1. Hey Mike, for one, the screw holes don’t line up exactly. We can drill them out a bit if you want, just let us know in the “Notes” field on the checkout screen. Second, the Baseplate will only work for the single-coil ’51 P-Bass. It will not work on the Split ’51 P-Bass. That said, I believe you’d be best served to go with our +5% Split ’51 P-Bass, no baseplate. The Split-coil action thickens up the tone by default. – Tyler

  2. Do I need to do any other preparation.

    1. Nope, not really – just make sure your magnets are flush with the fiberboard on the back of your pickup. If magnets are protruding out, this mod will not work.


CUSTOMER REVIEWS

23 reviews for Prepped Baseplate

  1. Mike Groten

    Good morning, I’m experimenting on a squire CV 50 p bass and was wondering if this plate works on a bass or if getting 5% + overwind on your split 51 p bass would be a better choice? Or if both would work? Thanks Mike.

    • Tyler Delsack
      (store manager)

      Hey Mike, for one, the screw holes don’t line up exactly. We can drill them out a bit if you want, just let us know in the “Notes” field on the checkout screen. Second, the Baseplate will only work for the single-coil ’51 P-Bass. It will not work on the Split ’51 P-Bass. That said, I believe you’d be best served to go with our +5% Split ’51 P-Bass, no baseplate. The Split-coil action thickens up the tone by default. – Tyler

  2. Travis
    Verified Buyer

    The baseplate does exactly as advertised! Adds about 5-10% more body and also softens some of the high treble in a way that makes the bridge pickup seem more balanced with the rest of a standard set of Strat pickups. Fralin already had it waxed and with masking tape on it which was great. With tone, a little goes a long way and this baseplate was a great addition to my Strat.

  3. John Haas
    Verified Buyer

    Exactly what my bridge pickup needed

    What an incredible little accessory. Where I won’t say it made my strat’s bridge pickup sound like my tele’s, it definitely pushed the tone in that direction and, in my opinion, made the pickup much more usable.

  4. Steve Marcia
    Verified Buyer

    Quality baseplate

    High-quality baseplate, plenty of wax, and shipped quickly. I can’t say I notice a lot of improvement on my new American Strat with stock pickups. I put it on the bridge pickup that was very bright, it maybe helped 5% if any. I’m guessing it really depends on the pickups you’re using this for. I probably wouldn’t do it again knowing how little it actually changed the pickup. I was hoping for a little more lows and the not-so-ice picky top end wasn’t a significant enough improvement for me.

  5. Johnny Sacco
    Verified Buyer

    Works as advertised! Super fast shipping. It’s a subtle change just like it says but that’s probably saved me from buying a new set of pickups. At least for now! Although I’m interested in the High output Strat set.

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