Prepped Baseplate

    (26 genuine reviews)

    $12

    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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      Hey folks, If I'm planning on attaching this to the bridge of your Vintage Hots, what should the minimum depth be of the pickup cavity in the body? Thanks!
    1. Q Hey folks, If I'm planning on attaching this to the bridge of your Vintage Hots, what should the ...... Read more
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      Hey Jordan, that's tough to say, but just note that the Prepped Baseplate will only add about 1/8" to the overall height of your pickup. So, if you have a bit of room under the pickup, you'll be fine. It's a pretty low-profile modification.

    2. Can these be threaded for height adjustment? Do you have anything like this for Tele neck pickups, also need to be threaded?
    3. Q Can these be threaded for height adjustment? Do you have anything like this for Tele neck pickups...... Read more
      A

      Hey Charles, this pickup modification is designed for Strat Pickups only and is not threaded as it sits directly on the bottom of a Strat Bridge Pickup. The "mounting holes" are actually clearance holes - wide enough to let the mounting screws pass through. We do not have any other sizes.

    4. Why doesn't it work with bar magnets?
    5. Q Why doesn't it work with bar magnets?
      A

      Hey Jeff,

      This modification is only designed to work with Rod magnets as the Baseplate helps the pickup become a bit more efficient magnetically. It is not designed to work with Bar Magnets as bar magnets generally have their magnetic direction going horizonatal, instead of vertical.

    6. Hi folks. I was about to install my baseplate and noticed there is a narrow strip of what looks like masking tape on the bottom of it. That tape appears to be under the wax. I assume you leave that tape on for installation. Correct?
    7. Q Hi folks. I was about to install my baseplate and noticed there is a narrow strip of what looks l...... Read more
      A

      Hey John, yes - that masking tape isolates the magnets from the steel plate.

    8. Hey folks. I was about to install my baseplate but noticed there is a narrow strip of what appears to be masking tape on the bottom side of it. It looks like wax is over that strip of tape. I'm assuming you keep that strip of tape where it is for installation. Correct? Regards, John
    9. Q Hey folks. I was about to install my baseplate but noticed there is a narrow strip of what appear...... Read more
      A

      Hey John, yes - keep that piece of tape as it helps isolate the magnets from the steel plate.

    10. Hi Would this plate work on a prs silversky bridge pickup? The bottom of the pickups have little tab and can't cover the pickup entirely. Thank you Best Wonseok
    11. Q Hi Would this plate work on a prs silversky bridge pickup? The bottom of the pickups have little ...... Read more
      A

      Hey Wonseok, no our Prepped Baseplate will only work on standard Strat models with nothing underneath.

       

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    CUSTOMER REVIEWS

    26 Genuine Reviews for Prepped Baseplate

    1. Ryan
      Verified Buyer

      Added the perfect amount of low-end and now my Strat is exactly how I want it.

    2. Carl
      Verified Buyer

      I put this base plate on the bridge pickup of my Jimi Hendrix Strat. It has a subtle effect, but does exactly what is claimed and I do, definitely, prefer my bridge pickup this way. The pickup was just a little too bright/thin, for my tastes, without it. For the price it is a Must Try, for anyone. Installation was easy and easily reversible if it isn’t your thing.

    3. Haig Beylerian
      Verified Buyer

      This is a must-have for the bridge in the Vintage Hot set imo. Adds a little bit of body while taming a tiny bit of treble. So you still get that snappy single coil bridge sound with a little less edge.

    4. 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.

    5. 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.

    6. 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.

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