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Item # 4031-DIY

Custom Gilmour Black Strat® Inspired DIY Pickguard Assembly Kit

Featuring Our Custom Fabricated 1 Ply 0.120" Acrylic Pickguard With The Rounded Edge
With This Kit You Will Complete The Sanding And Polishing Of The Pickguard Perimeter Edge

 All components included in this Black Strat DIY Basic Pickguard Assembly Kit. Pickguard shown with brown protective backing paper affixed.

Close-up detail of how the Acrylic pickguards rounded perimeter edge should look once you have sanded it smoothly and polished it to a high gloss shine. Shown mounted on completed guitar for illustration purposes only.

Black Strat Recessed Mini-Toggle Switch/'62 Green Lettered & Numbered Control Knobs

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 Green Lettered and Numbered knob set, additional $25.00.

A black Acrylic pickguard after we created the rounded perimeter edge, this is how your pickguard edge will look unsanded and unpolished.

DIY Basic Pickguard Assembly Kit Description, Sanding and Polishing Instructions

With this DIY (Do It Yourself) basic Gilmour style Black Strat pickguard assembly kit you will perform the final sanding and polishing of the pickguard's rounded perimeter edge.  We have already created the rounded edge and countersunk all the perimeter mounting holes, so once you have finished sanding and polishing the pickguard's rounded edge 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 Acrylic 1 ply 0.120" pickguards with the rounded 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 edge are custom 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 perimeter 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 here is where you will hand sand the pickguards rounded perimeter edge with a fine sandpaper to remove any tooling marks left behind by the router bit.  Typically you should start out using a 220 grit sandpaper and then work your way to a 400 grit sandpaper, you will want to dry sand the perimeter edge, it is actually best NOT to do it wet since water will damage the brown protective backing paper. It is best to leave the brown surface protective paper affixed during the sanding of the perimeter edge. The smoothly sanded rounded perimeter edge can then be polished to create the glossy rounded edge effect. You will decide how you want to shield the back side of the pickguard, shielding tape is not included in this kit, you can use either copper or aluminum foil adhesive tape, both are effective. Be sure to apply any shielding to the back side of the pickguard before you remove the brown surface protective paper from the top side of pickguard, this will prevent any damage or scratches to the surface.  Only remove the surface or top sides brown protective paper when all other steps are complete. The pickup and 5-way switch mounting holes are not countersunk and require round head mounting screws. 

To clean and polish the surface of your Acrylic pickguard you will need the following are items; 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" or Kleenmaster BrillianizeOn occasion you may wish to remove some fine scratches from an Acrylic pickguard and the Novus #2 "Fine Scratch Remover" is the perfect 1'st step cleaning product choice for this task followed up with Novus #1 or Kleenmaster Brillianize. The Novus #3 as a first step and then Novus #2 as a second step are good for polishing the finely sanded perimeter edge to a high gloss. For world-wide distribution and Acrylic cleaning product availability contact the manufacturers directly at Novus or Brillianize DO NOT use any other products to clean the Acrylic pickguard or you may damage it, use only products specifically approved for cleaning or polishing Acrylic.

A significant 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 by adding in the neck pickup to the current selection of the 5-way selector switch. 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 Option Selections

  • Pickguard - Your choice of 1 of the following 5 custom manufactured 1 ply 0.120" Acrylic pickguards with the rounded edge. Pickup and selector switch mounting holes are not countersunk and require round head mounting screws.  Shielding is not included.
    • Black 1 Ply 0.120" Acrylic, Standard 11 Hole
    • Black 1 Ply 0.120" Acrylic, '57 Vintage 8 Hole
    • Black 1 Ply 0.120" Acrylic, Standard 11 Hole - Reverse Angle Bridge Pickup (Limited Edition)
    • White 1 Ply 0.120" Acrylic, Standard 11 Hole
    • White 1 Ply 0.120" Acrylic, '57 Vintage 8 Hole
  • Accessories - Pickup covers, knobs, switch tip and tremolo arm tip options. Your choice of 1 of the following 5 options::
    • White
    • Parchment - Select this option for NOS Black Strat style.
    • Aged White
    • Black
    • Combination - Select this option for Relic Black Strat style (Aged white knob set with parchment pickup covers, switch tip and tremolo arm tip)
  • Knob Style - 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 - $25.00 additional.
  • Tone Capacitor - Polyester Film Orange Drop. Your choice of 1 of the following 3 options:
    • 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 2 attachment threading options:
    • 10-32 - American Strat's®.
    • 5mm - Import Strat's®.

Fixed DIY Basic Black Strat Pickguard Assembly Kit Components - No Option Selections For These Items

  • Custom manufactured stainless steel recessed mini toggle switch mounting bracket.
  • SPDT mini toggle switch for neck/bridge pickup selection modification.
  • Three CTS 450G series vintage style low rotational torque 250k audio taper split shaft potentiometers.
  • CRL 5-way selector switch.
  • Black Strat® wiring diagram with neck/bridge pickup modification. We will provide you with this wiring diagram via email when your order is invoiced.


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 is now 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.

Select Your DIY Basic Pickguard Assembly Kit Options

Knob Style: 
Tone Capacitor: 
Tremolo Arm Threading: 
Accessory Color: 

Price: $157.00 to $182.00 (Your price depends on knob style selection)


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Typical turn-around time from order placement to shipment is up to 21 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.  We cannot accept any of these pickguards in return where you desire us to perform the final sanding and polishing of the perimeter, this is a project that you need to realize to completion, it's not that hard.

This item is an assembly kit where you the customer are required to perform final assembly, wiring, soldering and testing to complete the kit.  In the event you encounter an issue with the completed assembly we do not provide a troubleshooting service to assist you in figuring out what may have gone wrong.  All parts included with any kit have been tested for fit and function prior to packing to ensure that everything will operate normally when the kit is completed correctly.  You are required to have the necessary electrical, wiring and soldering skills/experience along with proper tools required to complete this project per the provided instructions. If you are not experienced with the required assembly, wiring and soldering and testing you will want to consult a trained professional to complete your project.

Occasionally we find very small cosmetic imperfections in the surface of our Acrylic pickguards, typically they are small bubbles or spots 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 but not a single one was ever too bad that we could not use it 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 surprises.

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 break it.


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