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Golden Age Hotwired Pickguards

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

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Golden Age Hotwired Pickguards
  Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
2990 White Yes

2991 White/black/white Yes

2991-B Black/white/black Yes

2992 Pearloid/white/black/mint Yes

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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.

  • 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
  • .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    
8 mounting holes
Laminated pickguards     0.100" thick    
11 mounting holes

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

New pickups and new sound, with Golden Age Prewired Pickguards
New pickups and new sound, faster than you can string a guitar!
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Golden Age Hotwired Pickguards
Golden Age Hotwired Pickguards
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5 4-08-2012
Great pick-ups!

I've installed the Golden Age Hotwired Pickguard on my assembled guitar. The sound is simply fantastic! Assembly is fast and easy. Nice and fast service by StewMac, as usual. My band mates where amazed by the new sound of my guitar!

Francesco C.  Milano, Italy
5 2-17-2012
My Falcon Flies Again !

When I mentioned to the Guitar tech at my local music store that I was hoping to restore my 16 year old Peavy Falcon Custom, He simply said "StewMac,type into your computer." I did it and thanks to a prewired Golden Age pickguard ( that I actually held in my hands a day and a half later!)I don't have to pretend that I know how to rewire a strat style guitar and a sad bird with badly broken wings is soaring again !

R.J.Mitchell  Gatineau, QC Canada
5 5-04-2011
Great Upgrade

I never fully realized the differences between American made guitars and their cheaper made Asian counterparts. I get it now, after actually comparing what came out of my brand new Squier CV 50's Strat to this Golden Age Hotwired Pickguard. Adding this product to the Squier was simple as advertised, cosmetically pleasing, and has given this budget Strat a tone that is even better than that of my Fender AVRI 57 Strat. Good Stuff. PS....My 5 way switch works great without any rework.

Freddie D  South Florida
3 4-30-2011
Not good enough

The only sounding pickup was at the neck.

After some time trying to see if the wires were set up wrong, i discovered that the little copper pieces that touch each other when you select a position, were not even touching.

They're not bended enough to touch, or at least to do it continuosly. The only pickup that was working was the neck pickup, the bridge pickup was intermitent, and the middle didn't work at all.

I had to bend inside that copper pieces a little more than they were, now the pickups sound as they should, but i'm not still confident. That made me go and look for a better quality pickup selector. I have a 1985 strat with the original piece and has never given me problems.

Apart from that, the wiring seems to be in really good shape, and as far as I could test, the neck pickup sounds really good.

The aditional wiring is easy and you can be rocking in no time, as long as the pickup selector works. I wouldn't mind paying a bit more for a decent one in the next pickguard kit, just to avoid buying another piece that i shouldn't buy again.

Alfredo Rocha  Mexico City, Mexico Read my reviews (16)
5 3-30-2011
My experience with stew/mac.

extremely quick shipper,very good product I will defiantly use Stewart McDonald again.

gaw  GEneseo,IL.USA
5 10-22-2010
comment upgrader une pauvre strat

J'avais envie d'upgrader cette gratte,et les potars se sont mis à craquer vraiment plus fort que d'habitude,c'était l'occase.
Au niveau son c'est vraiment bien : beaucoup de pêche,des graves ample,des aigus cristallins,pas de soufle ni crachouillis dans le selecteur de mic(contacts dorés)
les réglages de tone sont progressifs,pas de soudures à faire, seulement j'ai dû rabotter un peu le pick guard au niveau du manche pour qu'il passe sous la touche(un coup de dremmel) et c'est fait!
Alors je sais pas si ça te tente, mais saches que rapport qualité prix c'est vraiment bon à mon avis.
En plus ils m'ont livré en10jours,sympa!

Marc Ceccarelli  Strasbourg,FRANCE
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