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Item # CS-66

Custom Built Fully Loaded Complete Strat® Pickguard Assembly
Fender® Custom Shop '66 Relic Strat Pickup Set

We custom build each of these complete Strat® pickguard assemblies in our shop by hand for every customer based on the unique specifications selected below.

Includes everything ready to drop in to your favorite Strat® by simply hooking up the hot wire (audio) and ground wires.  This pickup set is available in very limited quantities and comes directly from the Fender Custom Shop, they are not your typical retail packaged pickups, these '66 relic Strat pickups were originally wound specifically for a completed '66 Relic Strat. Middle pickup is NOT Rw/Rp. We're not creating an entire relic pickguard assembly, it is just the pickups that were relic'd at Fender so the pickup's pole pieces are darker due to the aging process Fender used.  Includes genuine Fender pickguard, knobs, switch tip along with top quality CTS potentiometers, Orange Drop polyester film tone capacitors and a CRL pickup selector switch. 

The standard 11 hole pickguards are fully shielded as they come from Fender. The '57, '62 and '65 vintage pickguards require a separate aluminum pickguard shield which is to be added extra if so desired. Use separate "Add to Cart" buttons found below for addition of these pickguard shields.

We offer a few assembly selection options for your pickguard to appeal to your particular Strat® body color.

Pickguard Assembly Specifications / Options

  • Pickguard Selection Options: 
    • Standard 11 Hole, 3 Ply Black (B/W/B)
    • Standard 11 Hole, 3 Ply White (W/B/W)
    • Standard 11 Hole, 3 Ply Parchment (P/B/P)
    • Standard 11 Hole, 3 Ply Mint Green (M/B/M)
    • Standard 11 Hole, 1 Ply Solid Black
    • '65 Vintage 11 Hole, 3 Ply Eggshell (E/B/E)
    • '62 Vintage 11 Hole, 3 Ply Black (B/W/B)
    • '62 Vintage 11 Hole, 3 Ply White (W/B/W)
    • '62 Vintage 11 Hole, 3 Ply Mint Green (M/B/M)
    • '57 Vintage 8 Hole, 1 Ply White
    • '57 Vintage 8 Hole, 3 Ply Black (B/W/B)
  • Pickup Set: Genuine Fender® Custom Shop '66 Relic.
  • Pickup Selector Switch Options:
    • CRL 5-Way.
    • CRL 3-Way.
  • Potentiometers: Three 250K CTS Audio Taper.
  • Tone Capacitor: Film Orange Drop Polyester Film Capacitor Options.  Here is a link to a video that explains How Tone Capacitors Work.
    • 0.047 uF
    • 0.033 uF
    • 0.022 uF
    • 0.1 uF
  • Control Knobs/Switch Tip/Pickup Covers Color Options:
    • White
    • Parchment
    • Aged White
    • Black
  • Pickup Tone Controls:  With standard Strat® wiring and with the bridge pickup does not have a tone control, only the middle and neck pickups have a tone control.  However, we offer 5 alternate pickup tone control selections to choose from to enhance your tonal shaping.
    1. Standard Strat® wiring: Separate tone control for the middle pickup. Separate tone control for the neck pickup. No tone control for the bridge pickup.
    2. Separate tone control for the bridge pickup. Middle and neck pickups share a tone control.
    3. Separate tone control for the neck pickup. Bridge and middle pickups share a tone control.
    4. Separate tone control for the bridge pickup. Separate tone control for the neck pickup. No tone control for the middle pickup.
    5. Separate tone control for the bridge pickup. Separate tone control for the middle pickup. No tone control for the neck pickup.


We don't have any fancy or creative word play to work up a catchy description for these '66 relic Strat pickups other than they were wound by the Fender Custom Shop for a 1966 Fender Strat as a completed guitar.  If you think you'd like the tonality of a '66 Strat then give these a try.  UPDATE: April 15, 2020 - There is only one set of these pickups remaining available. They were specially offered to us by Fender since the '66 Relic Custom Shop Strat was no longer being built.

Fender Custom Shop '66 Relic Strat Complete Pickguard Assembly
Representative photograph.  '57 vintage, 1 ply, 8 hole pickguard, with aged white accessories. 

Fender Custom Shop '66 Relic Strat Complete Pickguard Assembly
Representative photograph of a completed pickguard assembly. Does not depict actual pickup set being offered here. Shown as a similar product representation as a completed assembly may appear.

Fender Custom Shop '66 Relic Strat Complete Pickguard Assembly
Representative photograph of controls wiring.

Important Note:  If you are selecting your pickguard assembly to be built with one of the '57, '62 or '65 vintage pickguards they are unshielded as provided by Fender. To have the genuine Fender® aluminum '62 pickguard shielding plate or aluminum '57 control area shielding plate installed please add it separately below using the appropriate "Add to Cart" button.  The '62 vintage aluminum pickguard shield is a full pickguard coverage shielding plate.  The '57 vintage aluminum pickguard shield is a control area only shielding plate.  These shielding's are specific and authentic to how they were originally built by Fender® during the respective era.

Body Ground Connection:  Most of the modern American Strat® bodies (not vintage re-issue Strat's) have a ground wire connection inside the conductive paint shielded control cavity that is fastened down to the body with a small wood screw.  Click here for an illustration of this body ground connection. Most Mexican Strat® bodies we have encountered do not have this body ground connection.  Unless your bodies control cavity is shielded and you plan on connecting a ground wire from the electronics to the shielded control cavity then select "No" for this option. If you select YES for the "Body Ground" option and do not have the solder lug (ring eyelet) and mounting screw to attach this wire to your body, then you can add it to your order here -->

Select Your Pickguard Assembly Options

Accessories Color:
Pickup Selector Switch:
Tone Capacitor:
Pickup(s) Tone Controls:
Body Ground Connection:
Price: $275.00
Use the following "Add On" options for upgrades to the basic pickguard assembly.
To add the full coverage aluminum pickguard shielding plate for the '62 or '65 vintage pickguard. $17.00 Up charge.
To add the aluminum pickguard control area shielding plate for the '57 vintage pickguard. $7.00 Up charge.
Upgrade with a customized set of '62 Style Green Lettered & Numbered Control Knobs: $28.00 Up charge. 


Typical turn-around time from order placement until your complete pickguard assembly will be ready to ship is up to 28 days.

All custom built pickguard assemblies sales are final. No returns, refunds or exchanges due to the unique nature of the customized options you select for your particular assembly. Each pickguard assembly is custom built on an "As Ordered" basis for each customer with your specific and unique assembly options selected at the time of purchase. All pickguard assemblies are completely tested to ensure 100% correct operation.


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