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Golden Age Hotwired Pickguards

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Golden Age Hotwired Pickguards White

White

Item # 2990
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$199.50

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Golden Age Hotwired Pickguards White/black/white

White/black/white

Item # 2991
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$203.50

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Golden Age Hotwired Pickguards Black/white/black

Black/white/black

Item # 2991-B
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$203.50

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Golden Age Hotwired Pickguards Pearloid/white/black/mint

Pearloid/white/black/mint

Item # 2992
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$219.00

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Golden Age Hotwired Pickguards

About This Item

Authentic Golden Age® sound, with extra bite! With genuine CTS pots, CRL switch, Orange Drop® cap, Switchcraft jack and push-back wire.

We hand wire these ourselves here in Ohio, for the best upgrade you'll ever make!

Classic Alnico 5 tone and a HOT bridge pickup for plenty of punch.

These prewired guards are loaded with Golden Age single coil pickups, wound to vintage specs with 42 AWG coil wire. Staggered Alnico 5 polepieces deliver authentic tone and the hot bridge pickup adds plenty of punch.

    Includes
  • Golden Age single-coil pickup set: neck, middle, and HOT bridge positions
  • 250K-ohm CTS control pots (3)
  • CRL 5-way lever switch
  • Orange Drop® capacitor
  • Knobs (3)
  • Mono Switchcraft output jack
  • 0.100" thick pickguard with conductive shielding underneath

All this is then hand wired to a shielded pickguard using 22 AWG vintage-style push-back wire. Pickguard mounting screws are available separately.

Position Polarity Ohms
Neck South 6.0K
Middle North 6.0K
Bridge South 7.6K

Single-ply pickguards    
(black and white)
0.080" thick    
(2.03mm)
8 mounting holes
Laminated pickguards     0.100" thick    
(2.54mm)
11 mounting holes


Use our Prewired Tremolo Claw to make it
even easier to wire up your new guitar!


Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

New pickups and new sound, with Golden Age Prewired Pickguards

Erick Coleman responds to a tech call emergency: "This guitar sounds bad, and I'm supposed to record with it tomorrow night!"

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5.0

Awesome pickups!

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Wired this into a Squier Affinity. It was easy to install and sounds fabulous.

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New life for an old Squire 2 Strat

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This was my first major guitar overhaul and I could not be happier in terms of the convenience and the result. Like any "one size fits all" product it required a bit of trimming for a proper fit on a '92 Korean made Squire 2. New screw holes needed as well. No biggie. Much better sound and good quality electric components to replace the old pots and switch on their last legs. Bravo!

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Golden Age prewired Pickguard - Item #2991

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WOW !!! My (formerly 'mushy' sounding) MIM Strat has come alive !! It is now clean, articulate, and well balanced across all strings and fret positions. It now sounds like what a Strat is supposed to sound like; biting yet not harsh, deep yet not mushy, clean yet not clinical. I was a bit skeptical about replacing the pickups because nowadays everything seems to be focused on 'hot' and 'super-hot' and 'metal' ... that isn't my style, I like the beautiful tones of a clean electric guitar with the option to go dirty if need be.

These Golden Age pickups deliver the goods. And kudos to StewMac for their excellent products and terrific customer service.

Highly recommended

5.0

WONDERFUL TONE

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I've got a classic vibe squire strat, plays great, comfy neck and a good acoustic tone,but plugged in didn't get the acoustic tone. I purchased a model 2991, ordered on wed. On my front porch friday(fantastic shipping). I spent a pleasant hour on sat. Morning installing this pickguard, restrung the guitar and i've had trouble putting it down since. The dynamics of this guitar are fantastic. Now it twangs, clangs and roars . It transformed an upgraded student model guitar into an instrument that rivals (to my ear anyway) the tone of any strat i have ever heard. Great job stew. Mac. You have a great product here.

5.0

Great sound, great quality

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This is an excellent product and it is great value.
The sound is top-notch, I am really surprised by these pickups.
Soldering is professionally done.
May I suggest to add a version with a megaswitch which could turn the rather useless mid position with the "tele-like" neck+bridge parallel sound.

5.0

What a difference!

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As a quick weekend project with my son, we upgraded a 20 year old Mexi Squire Strat with new tuners and this fantastic pre-wired setup. Was a breeze to install and the sound has great depth and character - rivals any of my other much more expensive guitars. What a difference!

5.0

Great Sound...

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I wanted to convert my Mexi-Strat from HSS to SSS pickup config. My Mexi-Strat was well-built, but the sound was not very tight or bright enough. Also the Strat came with the Floyd Rose setup. I put these pickups in and now the guitar sound much better. Tighter and punchier. Great job in the details. Putting the guitar together was cheaper than a custom-made Strat. Well worth the money.

5.0

Great Budget Pickguard

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This pickguard is phenomenal for the price! You may not think $200 is a "budget" pickguard, but think again. This is the best value pre-assembled pickguard I've personally seen. The quality, aesthetics, and most importantly the sound are simply outstanding.

5.0

Golden Age Great Tone

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I dropped this pick guard into my Highway One Strat. The installation was fast and easy. This is my workhorse and main gigging Strat. I really like the tone of this set. The alnicos on the Highway One were very edgy and bright. These are more rounded with great vintage tone. The middle position is woody with just enough quack for clean studio type work. I played my guitar for hours and I am satisfied with these pickups. Plus, the pick guard arrived a day early!

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I like it

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I am not an experienced guitar player, (I'm actually a keyboard player) so I don't know what a "vintage" strat is supposed to sound like. That said, I thought it was certainly louder, nice quiet controls that feel good, and it seems a bit more "bitey" than it did before. I am only worried that I *think* it sounds better because I *want to believe* it sounds better because of the cash I spent on it! But the solder connections were great, so it certainly seems well built. It fit my MIM strat beautifully. The pearloid looks beautiful! I did not have any problems with the switch or hole alignment as others have pointed out.

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