What we are offering here is
a unique twist on how Strat® pickup selection
modification switches are mounted and presented.
The concept behind this mini-toggle switch
mounting style reflects on the Gilmour Black
Strat® and it's single recessed mini-toggle
switch but we have taken it a few steps further
for increased diversity.
For our pickup selection
don't utilize push/pull or push/push pots which are quite
typical and uninteresting and we don't mount our
mini-toggle switches in holes drilled in the
pickguard using the standard chrome flat washer
and hex nut on the top side of the
pickguard, that's also very typical and
For this particular
modification implementation we have custom
routed two small 1/8" x 5/16" slots in the
pickguard, custom designed a unique stainless
steel mounting bracket to secure both of the
mini-toggle switches in alignment with the two
slots in the pickguard which is then fastened
securely in place with the volume and tone
potentiometers. This custom mini-toggle switch
mounting bracket provides a recessed or lowered
profile of both switches that only allows a
small portion (approx. 1/4") of each switch
lever to protrude through
the top side of the pickguard. This is the
same kit as installed in our
Fat Strat® Project.
With this unique switch mounting method you won't accidentally bump a toggle
switch with your hand or knuckles while playing,
the profile of the toggle switch levers are just
too low to inadvertently bump. By mounting the mini-toggle switches
this way they are
only activated or de-activated with intent, or when
you want them switched, no accidental pickup
selection changes with this design method.
The HSS pickguards Humbucker
pickup mounting are the standard Fender® 3 hole
Included Components and Component Options
Custom routed with two slots for
(Your choice of one of the following)
- Orange Drop (Your
choice of one of the following).
Mini-Toggle Switches(Your choice
of two of the following).
(Your choice of one of the following
sets of three).
CTS 250K (Audio
CTS 500K (Audio
Switch(Your choice of one of the following).
CRL or Fender® 5-Way.
If you are
selecting your modification kit
with one of the '62 vintage pickguards or '57
vintage pickguard they are unshielded as
provided by Fender. To have the genuine Fender® aluminum '62 pickguard shield or '57 control
area shield included please add it separately
to the right using the appropriate "Add to Cart"
button. The '62 vintage aluminum pickguard
shield is a full pickguard coverage shield.
The '57 vintage aluminum pickguard shield is a
control area only shield.
These shielding's are specific and authentic to
how they were originally built by Fender® during
the respective era with the obvious exception of
the custom modification which allows the
recessed mini-toggle switches to protrude
Select Your Pickguard Kit Options
Some examples of the custom
wiring that can be implemented with this
particular assembly as follows:
The 1'st SPDT mini-toggle
switch can activate the neck pickup which then
gives you two more pickup selections for a total
of 7. You can then have with the neck and
the bridge pickup activated together like a
telecaster, or you can have all 3 pickups
activated at the same time.
The 2'nd DPDT mini-toggle
switch can switch a Humbucking pickup's two
coils from series or parallel. When
selected in series it has the typical full
Humbucking pickup sound, when selected in
parallel it takes on a single coil pickup sound
yet still retains the hum cancelling capability.
This Humbucking pickup could be a single coil
sized pickup which has that full Humbucking
sound but in the small single coil pickup size
package such as the Seymour Duncan SL59-1b
Another option for the one of
the mini-toggle switches would be to use a SPDT
switch where you could switch a tapped bridge
pickup from low output to high output with a
pickup such as the Seymour Duncan SSL-3T or SSL-5T.
With a tapped pickup you can have dual output
level selection options from one pickup
depending on which tap is currently active.
Yet another option for one of
the mini-toggle switches would be to use a DPDT
switch to perform a "Direct-Through"
modification where the volume potentiometer is
by-passed to eliminate any loss of signal it
grabs. The signals from the pickups are
then routed directly to the output jack.
As you can see there are any
number of pickup selection options that can be
utilized, it's up to you and your creativity.
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