Item # 4031
Manufactured Gilmour Style Black
Strat® Basic Pickguard Assembly Kit
Featuring Our Custom
Fabricated 1 Ply 0.120" Acrylic Pickguards With The
Rounded and Polished Edge
All The Components Included In This Basic Black Strat
Pickguard Assembly Kit - Parchment Accessories Shown.
Close-up detail of the Acrylic pickguards rounded and polished
perimeter edge, shown mounted on
completed guitar. The rounded and polished
pickguard edge is only available on our Black or
1 Ply 0.120" pickguards as offered within this pickguard
Close-up detail of the recessed
mini-toggle switch / neck pickup selector. Notice
the implementation of the mini-toggle switch and the
very small slot in the pickguard that allows the toggle
lever to protrude through.
Also shown are the optional customized
Lettered and Numbered knob set, additional $23.00.
Basic Pickguard Assembly Kit Description
With our Basic Gilmour style Black
Strat pickguard assembly kit all you have to do is add
your choice of pickups, assemble, wire and
solder it all up and your ready to rock-n-roll...
Each of the 5 pickguard selection
options are our own custom manufactured 0.120" Acrylic 1 Ply
pickguards with the Rounded and Polished Perimeter Edge.
They are available in black or white. For a limited time
we also have a reverse angle bridge pickup black Acrylic
pickguard, see full description below.
We offer a number of accessory color
options for this kit. The accessories consist of the
pickup covers, knobs, switch tip and tremolo arm tip. We offer the
standard colors such as white, parchment, aged white and
black. We also offer an option called
"Combination", this combination option is the same as
found on the Custom Shop Relic Gilmour Black Strat
where the knobs are Aged White and the pickup covers, switch tip
and tremolo arm tip are Parchment. To further accurately
reproduce this Relic version we can customize your knob
set with the Dark Green Letters and Numbers for an
additional $23.00. To get a feel for the
combination accessory colors with the dark green letters
and number check out our Black Strat
#6 build project. To accurately reproduce the NOS
version select Parchment for the accessory color.
Each of our 1 ply 0.120” Acrylic
pickguards with the rounded and polished edge are custom
hand manufactured in our shop specifically for each
customer. They start off being cut out of a sheet of
Acrylic with a CNC laser which creates the basic
pickguard shape with all holes and cutouts. We then
create the pickguards round-over edge effect by hand
with a table router where the pickguard is affixed to a
routing template where we trim the pickguard to it’s
final size and create the rounded perimeter edge. From
there the pickguards rounded edge is hand sanded with a
fine sandpaper to remove any tooling marks left
behind by the router bit. The smoothly
sanded rounded edge can then be polished with a special
buffing wheel and a polishing compound used exclusively
for Acrylic which creates the highly polished and
glossy rounded edge. The pickguards mounting holes
are then countersunk, copper foil shielding tape is
applied to the control region and a final polishing of
the entire pickguard is completed. It’s a
fairly long process to create one of these unique
pickguards, but we feel that final product is one that
stands above the typical Strat® pickguard that have been
produced the same way for over 50 years. This
unique rounded and polished pickguard edge is only
available on our Black or White 1 Ply 0.120" Acrylic
pickguards. Pickup and 5-way switch mounting holes are
not countersunk and require round head mounting screws.
feature of this kit is the recessed mini toggle
switch. It's a unique feature that is synonymous
with Gilmour's Black Strat. We manufacture our
switch mounting bracket from a sturdy piece of custom
formed stainless steel that is strong and easily
mountable underneath the volume and tone potentiometers.
It is not a permanent piece of the pickguard, but when
installed becomes an integral part of it. The
function of this recessed mini-toggle switch is to
provide you with two additional pickup selection
positions. This includes the bridge and neck
pickups selected together in parallel with one another
which is similar in tone as a Telecaster and the second
additional pickup selection is to have all three pickups
selected together in parallel.
Basic Black Strat Pickguard Assembly Kit Component
- Pickup covers, knobs, switch tip and tremolo arm
tip options. Your
choice of 1 of the following 5 options::
- Parchment - Select
this option for NOS Black Strat style.
- Aged White
- Combination -
Select this option for Relic Black Strat style
(Aged white knob set with parchment pickup
covers, switch tip and tremolo arm tip)
- Your choice of 1 of the following 2 options:
- Standard - Gold letters and
numbers for the white, parchment and aged white
knob set and white letters and numbers for the
black knob set.
- Green Letters and
Numbers - Custom option where we customize the
knob set - $23.00 additional.
- Polyester Film Orange Drop. Your choice of 1 of the following
- 0.047 uF (Gilmour Style)
- 0.033 uF
- 0.022 uF (Modern Style)
- Tremolo Arm
Custom manufactured 4-¼"
Gilmour style length. Your choice of 1 of the following
attachment threading options:
- 10-32 - American Strat's®.
- 5mm - Import Strat's®.
Fixed Basic Black Strat
Pickguard Assembly Kit Components - No Option Selections
For These Items
manufactured stainless steel recessed mini toggle switch
- SPDT mini toggle switch for
neck/bridge pickup selection modification.
CTS 450G series
vintage style low rotational torque 250k audio
taper split shaft potentiometers.
- CRL 5-way
- Black Strat® wiring diagram with
neck/bridge pickup modification.
- We will provide you with the
Black Strat® specific wiring diagram via email after
order placement (when your order is invoiced).
LIMITED TIME OFFER
- REVERSE ANGLE BRIDGE PICKUP ACRYLIC PICKGUARD
For a limited time we are
offering a reverse angle bridge pickup in our Black
1 Ply 0.120’' Acrylic pickguard's with the standard
11 hole mounting pattern. Typically the bridge
pickup on a Strat is rotated at a 10 degree angle
in reference to the other two pickups where the treble E string pole piece
is closer to the
bridge than the bass E string pole piece. This unique pickguard's reverse angle bridge pickup is rotated the opposite
10 degree angle where the bass E string pole piece
closer to the bridge and the treble E string pole
piece is further away from the bridge. This would
create a bridge pickup tonality the same as what
Jimi Hendrix would of have experienced since he
played a right handed guitar strung up and played left handed.
This results in a reverse-angled bridge pickup with
more high-end bite on the bass strings and a warmer
sound on the treble strings.
the tone of the middle two strings will essentially
go unchanged since there is very little change in
their position relative to the bridge.
NOTE: A very important
aspect to consider if selecting this reverse angle
bridge pickup pickguard is that you need to have a
Humbucker bridge pickup routing in your body or the
large “swimming pool” pickup routing to accommodate
the reverse angle of the bridge pickup as it sits down into
your body cavity. A typical SSS (3 single
coil) routed Strat® body
will not accept this reverse angle bridge pickup
without customization to your body with a router in
the bridge pickup region.
The production run of these reverse angle bridge
pickguard's is limited to a quantity of 42 and once
they’re gone there won’t be any more.
Your Basic Pickguard Assembly Kit Options
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Typical turn-around time from order placement to
shipment is up to 14 days. Holiday work-loads
sometimes may increase turn-around time, but keep in
mind, we don't waste any time in getting these prepared,
packed and shipped on their way to you.
By purchasing this assembly kit
you acknowledge that you are aware that some Strat® bodies are NOT 100% compatible and some pickguard perimeter
mounting holes may need adjusting on your body.
Each pickguard is custom manufactured for each customer
and cannot be exchanged or refunded.
Occasionally we find very small cosmetic imperfections in the surface of our
Acrylic pickguards, typically they are small bubbles or
and sometimes thin lines.
This is not something we consider as defective since
they are an effect of the Acrylic casting / handling process.
Unfortunately we cannot determine if any Acrylic
pickguard is going to have any of these imperfections
until the entire pickguard manufacturing procedures are
complete, so there is no way to pick and choose a
"perfect" pickguard for a project beforehand. For the
most part it's a non-issue and inconsequential and we
will never let any pickguard go out that we feel has any
undesirable characteristic that is obviously
unacceptable. We've made over a thousand of these
pickguards and some have these characteristics and no
one has yet felt the need to complain. With that
being said, we just felt it was best to make sure you
were aware of these possibilities to avoid any
Some import Strat's (MIM,
MIJ), Squier's or "Look-Alike" Strat® bodies may
not be 100% compatible with the pickguard
perimeter mounting holes and some adjustment may
be needed on your body. Our custom manufactured
Acrylic pickguards have the exact same perimeter
mounting hole pattern as genuine American Fender® Strat® pickguards, so as long your body mounting
holes line up with those, then you should not
experience any problem.
Acrylic pickguards and back
plates are more fragile than the typical vinyl
ones most are familiar with. Always use the
utmost of care when installing components into
an Acrylic pickguard, never tighten any fastener
too tight and never tighten any perimeter
mounting screw any tighter than just to the
point where the screw barely snugs the pickguard
or back plate down to the surface of the body.
Never flex or put undue pressure on any part of
the Acrylic pickguard or back plate or you will
Occasionally you may find the need to clean
your Acrylic pickguard and the following are
items you will need; an old clean
and very soft 100% white cotton terrycloth towel or an
old clean and very soft 100% white cotton T-shirt, pressurized air can and an Acrylic
cleaner such as
Novus #1 "Plastic Clean and Shine"
use any other cleaning products
to clean the Acrylic pickguard or you may
damage it. On
occasion you may wish to remove some
fine scratches from an Acrylic pickguard or back plate and the
#2 "Fine Scratch Remover" is the perfect 1'st step
cleaning product choice for this task followed up with
Novus #1 or Kleenmaster Brillianize.
For world-wide distribution and Acrylic cleaning product availability
contact the manufacturers directly at