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Best place for loaded strat pickguards?

Gasp100

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If I keep my USA Fender Strat I will most likely want to upgrade pickups. I actually like the pickups a lot (the bridge is quite nasaly and would benefit from a tone control mod) but not as deep, refined and doesn't get the amazing note seperation that my CS strat does.
So, first off any recommendations for pickup swaps? I want to retain all the beautiful strat tones from the neck down to position 4, but I could honestly lose the bridge pickup tone to a beefed up humbucker tone for leads/overdrive (the cleans need to be decent, sort of twangy and the 4 position quack needs to be retained).
I can solder, but I don't have much time these days so a loaded pickguard is looking pretty interesting. Plus, the current config has 500k pots which seem pretty hot and a little brittle with this guitar so if I can find high quality stuff prewired with nice upgraded pups on an 3 ply white or off white guard that fits a USA strat that would be awesome.
An S-S-H config would be awesome as well (H in the bridge).
Thoughts?
 

Psh511

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I know Klein pickups sells loaded pickguards and he has a number of options to choose from (I own a S-5 set and they are killer)...also acme guitar works sells loaded pickguards with a number of different pick-up options....
 

Gasp100

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I know Klein pickups sells loaded pickguards and he has a number of options to choose from (I own a S-5 set and they are killer)...also acme guitar works sells loaded pickguards with a number of different pick-up options....
Excellent, I will check them both out! I recall some issues with Acme fulfilling requests for a while when they were moving or something? Is that still an issue? I should really just learn to do this myself, but I just don't have the time (or patience). Pup swaps are easy, I don't like messing with the pots/caps though.
 

K-Line

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+1 on Klein. He is a great guy to work with and his pickups are all that and more. I spent a good deal of time with Chris at the guitar show in Arlington. He had many to demo and I was very impressed. He now has some of my business without hesitation. His S-5 set is very tasty, think John Mayer scooped goodness.
 

ducatisteve

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I got a Klein loaded pickguard (with the S-5's) and it is fantastic. Make sure you know how to work with braided coax, though! I have found that if you decide on almost any pickups, you can find a pickguard pre-loaded with them, from Klein to DiMarzio to GFS.
 




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