PreWired Strat Pickguards...(enonomy class)

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  1. Boltagon

    Boltagon Member

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    Expanding my pallet. Looking for a cost effective option for a loaded pickguard. Checking out GFS and Dragonfire. Anyone tried these? Any others I should be checking out?
     
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  3. Jay Bones

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    I've heard people get the 920D loaded PG's from eBay, and they love them.

    Personally, I know how to solder well enough that I'll build my own...
     
  4. Bickford

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    I have one from gfs that is pretty good. It was around $30 or so with ceramic pickups.
     
  5. onemoretime

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    Depends on how cheap you need to go. I have used the cheap GFS prewired w. ceramics and it actually sounded pretty good for what it was. I tried a cheap alnico MightyMite one time in an SX Strat and it was pretty awful. I actually liked the SX pickups better. A Squier Standard prewired pickguard is good sounding. I have tried a Bullet Prewired and found it too plinky in comparison. Call me crazy, but I have had Squier Affinity Strats and liked their pickups for their vintage slightly thin tone.

    As a step up, these can't be beat:

    920D Prewired w. Fender Tex-Mex new $129 on eBay (your choice of pickguard colors too)
    Highway 1 Alnico III new $109 OBO on eBay (white guards only)

    I looked at a Dragonfire Alnico Pickguard for $59 but decided to go with the Highway 1 for a new build I am doing. I couldn't buy USA Fender Alnico III Pickups, Fender switch, CTS pots and Fender pickguard for $109 so why bother with DIY?

    I've had Tex-Mex in the past and found them to be better than Fender Standard MIM pickups but not really as good as American Standard pickups like the Highway I has.

    There are also a bunch of Deluxe Player take-offs out there on ebay with the Fender Vintage Noiseless pickups. I have had these and thought they sounded great plus the S1 switching gets you more tone flavors. The Noiseless get a bad rap here, but I liked them just fine.
     
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    Strange as it is to say, the Affinity ceramics are perfectly decent.

    If you don't mind hunting for a good used deal you can find USA Fender sets for $50-$75.
     
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