wonder why a Strat® that has 3 pickups but yet it
only has two tone controls? What gives?
Well, usually it is the bridge pickup that gives
up its tone control, that's standard Fender® wiring that's been around since the Strat's
inception. Sure there are few simple
modifications to allow two pickups to share a
tone control or you can even change which two
pickups use the two tone controls, but bottom
line is two pickups have to either share a tone
control or one goes without...
So we've created a
unique solution that gives you individual
tone controls for each pickup along with a
master volume control. Now you can
adjust the tone separately for each pickup
exactly as you see fit for your particular
needs and playing style.
With this unique
custom built pickguard assembly we've incorporated our
very own implementation of 4
recessed mini-toggle switches. By
utilizing Seymour Duncan's tapped pickup sets,
three of these switches toggle each of the three
pickups between a tapped output level (lower
output) or full output, each pickup has it's own
switch for its output level. This gives you a wide range
of tonal versatility, it's like having two
completely different sets of pickups in one
guitar. The fourth switch is for
activating the neck pickup in conjunction with
the bridge pickup or for activating all 3
pickups at once. You'll still have the
typical 5-way selector switch for your normal
pickup selections, it's just that with each
pickup being tapped and selectable is what gives
you the pickup selection versatility. There are a total of 26
different and unique pickup selections to choose
Pickup set selection options
are from the tapped versions that Seymour Duncan
offers; SSL-3, SSL-4 and SSL-5. The middle
pickup will be Rw/Rp (reverse wound, reverse
polarity) for hum cancelling when the 5-way
selector switch is in positions 2 and 4.
The SSL-3 and the SSL-4 have flat pole pieces
and the SSL-5 has staggered height pole pieces.
Here is a link to an
article written in the official Seymour Duncan's
blog about coil tapping or tapped pickups
Each tone control
potentiometer has it's own polyester film
Orange Drop tone capacitor so you can select
which value of capacitor you feel is best for
each pickup position.
Here is a link to a very informative video that
How Tone Capacitors Work
and is well worth watching to
fully understand how tone capacitors effect your
tone and to help you make an informed decision for
the tone capacitor selection in your pickguard assembly.
Control knobs are custom
manufactured machined aluminum as
depicted in the photographs below.
manufactured by Bourns and will have a 1/4"
solid shaft. These potentiometers have the
smaller 17mm case diameter which is required for
this particular 4 control design due to space
If you select the SSL-4
(Quarter Pound) pickups they will not
have plastic pickup covers installed, these pickup
only come as depicted in the photographs below
and only in black and will have "Seymour Duncan"
imprinted on the top. Due to the larger pole
pieces (1/4") plastic pickup covers are not
available for the SSL-4 pickup sets.
Accessory colors are
available in White, Parchment, Aged White and
Black. The accessories will consist of the pickup covers and
switch tip. If you select the SSL-4
the pickups will not accept the plastic covers
and will be black as described above and
the accessory color will be selected for color
of the selector
We offer 24 different
pickguards to choose from in either the standard
11 hole or vintage 8 hole mounting pattern.
Below is a chart of all the available pickguard
colors and patterns. Click on any of the
small images below to display a representative
image of the pickguard and it's edge
characteristic (ply or layers).
Complete guitar shown for
illustrations purposes only, product
availability will be for the complete and fully
loaded pickguard assemblies that will be ready
to drop into your favorite Strat.
If you have any questions
about this pickguard assembly
send us an email.