Prewired HSS Strat Pickguard

    (24 genuine reviews)


    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.






    Please Select Options Above To Display Add-Ons.

    Add A Cover To Humbucker?

    Customize your look further. Matching screws included.

    Add Resistors To Single Coils?

    Optimize your tone by adding (2) 500K Resistors to the Single Coils. This keeps all pickups balanced, tonally.

    Left Handed Pickguard

    If you want your pickguard Left-Handed, we can do it! Selecting this option removes all Push-Pull Pot modifications.

    Volume Pot Push-Pull Mods

    Add an extra dimension of tone by modifying your Volume Pot with a Push / Pull Pot. Please use the “Additional Information” field below to tell us how you want it to work. Choose between the Bright Switch and the Engage / Disengage Volume Kit.

    Tone Pot Push-Pull Mods

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

    Pickguard Upgrades

    Choose a few Add Ons like our Baseplate and Volume Kit to add functionality to your Prewired Pickguard.

    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.

    Include Plastic Knobs

    These knobs work on Split Shaft Pots only.

    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. Not available in Left-Handed configurations.

    Output Jack

    Need a new Output Jack? We have Switchcraft and Pure Tone® Output Jacks in stock. Output Jacks are shipped loose and need to be soldered by the customer.

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    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

    Lead Time

    A Lead Time of 3-4 Weeks is just an estimate. Lead Times are subject to change depending on the current shop capacity and size of the order. We will always try to complete your order quicker than the stated lead time.

    Prewired HSS Strat Pickguard INFO:

    Want to learn more about our Prewired HSS Strat Pickguard? Here's all the information you'll need:

    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.


    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


    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!


    Available Knob Colors


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

    Fralin Pickups Matching Backplates






    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.





    • 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.




    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? Ask it here. Your Question will be publically visible.

    If you want to ask a Private Question, please contact us through our Contact Us Form.

    If you have multiple questions, please call us at (804) 358-2699.

      I'm contemplating a blues special/blues special/P92 combo. Is that possible and any feedback on whether that would be a good way too work in some P90 tones?
    1. Q I'm contemplating a blues special/blues special/P92 combo. Is that possible and any feedback on w...... Read more

      Hey Roger, this should be a great combination! The P-92 is a great way to get a cleaner, more "polite" P90 tone.

    2. I am a bass player and at this point can’t actually play guitar. I do own an American Strat that came as a “Roland Ready”, with a setup to connect a synth and a thin pickup right at the bridge. I plan to remove all the electronics and set aside for whenever/if-ever I sell this. I wasn’t to do one of your HSS pre-wired pick guards, but I feel like I need a consult before I order as I do not know much about what would be best for what I thi... Read more
    3. Q I am a bass player and at this point can’t actually play guitar. I do own an American Strat that ...... Read more

      Hey Richard, give us a call anytime to have someone walk you through the options!


    4. I need help before I pull the trigger and order hahaha... help! Long story short, I have a Mexi Strat (SSS) I LOVE, but it just can't hang(for obvious reasons) with my Ibanez guitars (Dimarzio Tone Zone/Air Norton setups) in a live setting I'm looking for suggestions (I can't find any higher gain stuff on the web) on prewired pickguard/combos that could allow me to finally play this guitar live. Thinking Yngwie/Paul Gilbert tone, but able to pull... Read more
    5. Q I need help before I pull the trigger and order hahaha... help! Long story short, I have a Mexi S...... Read more

      Hey Kyle, I think it would be smart to think twice before going with us over DiMarzio. They specialize in very high gain pickups, while we specialize in more of a Vintage output. While we have High Output pickups, they are going to be a bit smoother than what you're used to. That said, if you were going with a SSS pickguard, I would certainly recommend our High Outputs with a Baseplate on the Bridge (500K pots). If you were going with our SSS ... Read more

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    24 Genuine Reviews for Prewired HSS Strat Pickguard

    1. Andrew Elstein
      Verified Buyer

      Fantastic pickups. Love the Real 54s, this is my second set. Bridge pickup sounds amazing. Just what I was looking for to upgrade my 2007 American Deluxe HSS Strat. Excellent service to help me make sure I got the electronic set up exactly how I wanted it. The bridge pickup matches output well with the neck and middle pickup. Fantastic “Fender” Strat sound where the neck pickup has a clean, articulate sound but still has that tubular vintage sound I love so much. The bridge vintage PAF sounds fantastic with just a little bit fuller sound over a single coil. However, still very clear ,chimey, and articulate like I was looking for. Only gripe from me is the pickup covers do not match color wise as close as I would like, but not a big problem at all as still looks great. Thank you for another fantastic loaded pick guard.

    2. Robert Jackson
      Verified Buyer

      Holy smokes, changed my strat like night and day, a whole new guitar. I don’t know why Fender doesn’t just come with Fralin Pickups, such a no brainer. Definitely would recommend, to everybody! I now have 2 strats and 1 tele with Fralin Pickups, best investment ever, I couldn’t be happier.

    3. SD

      Absolutely incredible!

      I love my loaded pick guard. I went with the HSS variant with the vintage hot single coil in the neck, the blues special in the middle, and the modern PAF in the bridge. I also added the coil split, the two tone push pull, blender pot, and treble bleed circuit.

      As a result, my Strat is now the most versatile guitar I have ever owned, and it sounds amazing!

      The blender pot is a revelation for me. I love being able to select the two outside pickups, or all three at once, and blending in how much.

      Highly recommended!

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    • 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.
    • 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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