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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Pickguard for "Red Special" Strat Project



Go Buckeyes!
Jul 11th, 2017 04:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm putting together a Strat wired like the classic Brian May Red Special. To do so, I need a non-standard pickguard.

1) Instead of a blade switch, I need to have holes for 6 little switches (on-off for each pickup; phase for each). I can drill my holes if need be, but I can't erase a blade switch hole.

2) Master volume and master tone. Don't need three controls - only two!

3) If possible, a non-angled bridge pickup. All three pickups should be parallel.

Any suggestions on where I could find something like this? Or at least something that meets #1, if not #2 also?



Go Buckeyes!
Jul 11th, 2017 04:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

While we are at it, I've seen both full sized Burns Trisonic pickups available online (from Burns, obviously!) as well as Strat-sized mini Trisonics from a few makers.

Does anybody make a Strat type pickguard that can accomodate the full size Trisonics?



Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Jul 11th, 2017 05:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

Try Pickguardian and submit a drawing with the pickguard style you want to use, then trace your desired holes wanted and their placement. Use a drill bit templates for the hole placement and size, plus the location of your volume/tone pots.
It is best to trace your pickguard with the mount holes, then draw on all other items such as the pickup cut outs and controls.
This way you get exactly what you want with minimal need to alter the pickguard. Don't forget to add the pickup install holes.
They can do it all per your specs, but take your time to ensure the drawing is exact as possible and you'll be pleased.
Best regards, Woody


Nicoma Park, OK.

"Let the music do the talking"
Jul 18th, 2017 10:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

Here you go!

Red Special style pickguard



Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Jul 18th, 2017 01:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

Now I remember where I had seen this setup, Guitar Fetish! Good Find!!!
Although the original poster wanted pretty much the same configuration, for that price, I think he would be remiss not to at least try it out and get a feel for what he is going for. Yeah, I know he wants to use toggle style switches, which are easier to use and possibly having all parallel pickups and not a slanted bridge pup, but for less than $40, well, there you go.... and if he doesn't have swimming pool route, then he will also have to do some router work.
By all means, I would try it out if I were going to want my guitar to perform in that same vein for cheap and maybe latter, upgrade all electronics....
Thanks for posting as I think this would give OP pause to at least try it on for size and tonal options.
Best Regards, Woody



Go Buckeyes!
Jul 23rd, 2017 05:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thank you, RicOkc.

I have seen that one. As Woody says, it might be a nice intermediate option



Go Buckeyes!
Aug 8th, 2017 02:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

Went ahead and ordered the GFS pickguard and wiring kit.


Nicoma Park, OK.

"Let the music do the talking"
Aug 8th, 2017 03:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hopefully that will work for you.

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