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Item # 4031 Custom Gilmour Style Black Strat Basic Pickguard Assembly Kit

The rounded and polished pickguard edge depicted as mounted on completed guitar.
The rounded and polished pickguard edge is only available on the Black or
White 1 Ply 0.120" Acrylic pickguards.

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.  Shown, but NOT included with this pickguard kit are the selector switch tip and our customized '62 style green lettered and numbered knob set.

Basic Pickguard Assembly Kit Components

  • Pickguard - Your choice of one of the following custom manufactured 1 ply 0.120" Acrylic pickguards with the rounded and polished perimeter edge.
    • Black 1 Ply 0.120" Acrylic, Standard 11 Hole
    • Black 1 Ply 0.120" Acrylic, '57 Vintage 8 Hole
    • White 1 Ply 0.120" Acrylic, Standard 11 Hole
    • White 1 Ply 0.120" Acrylic, '57 Vintage 8 Hole
    • We can also substitute any of the pickguards we offer for sale individually, simply write us an email with your choice and we can provide you with a price quote. With most alternate pickguard selections this kit's cost will be less.
  • Custom manufactured stainless steel recessed mini toggle switch mounting bracket.
  • SPDT mini toggle switch for neck/bridge pickup selection modification.
  • Three CTS 250k audio taper split shaft potentiometers.
  • Pickup Selector Switch - CRL 5-way.
  • Sprague Orange Drop Tone Capacitor (Your choice of one of the following three)
    • 0.047 uF (Gilmour Style)
    • 0.033 uF
    • 0.022 uF (Modern Style)
  • Tremolo Arm - Custom manufactured 4-¼" Gilmour style length. Select from the following attachment styles.
    • American Strat (10-32)
    • Import Strat's Metric 5mm (MIM, Japan & some Squier's)
    • Squier Strat's Metric 6mm. This arm will NOT have a plastic tip due to the larger size. See our Custom Tremolo Arm page for details at Item #4027
  • Black Strat wiring diagram with neck/bridge pickup modification.
  • Treble bypass filter wiring diagram.
  • We will provide you with the Black Strat specific wiring diagram via email after order placement (when you order is invoiced).

Basic Pickguard Assembly Kit Description

All of the components listed above are of the highest quality.  We want you to have the best quality parts you can get for your project.  All you have to do is add your favorite pickups, control knobs and switch tip.  With this kit you will perform all assembly, wiring and soldering. We will provide you with the Gilmour specific Black Strat wiring diagram via email once your order is invoiced.

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 router table 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 carbide router bit. The smoothly sanded rounded edge can then be polished with a very soft canton flannel buffing wheel and a polishing compound used exclusively for Acrylic which creates the highly polished and glossy rounded edge.  The pickguards perimeter mounting holes are then countersunk.  It’s a fairly long process to create one of these unique pickguards specifically for our Gilmour style Black Strat project, 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.

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.

Provided you select one of our Acrylic pickguards for your project, what you will receive along with the Acrylic pickguard, bracket and switch, will be a 5" length of 4" wide 3M adhesive backed copper foil shielding tape that you will apply to the back side of the pickguard.  The pickguard will still have the brown protective backing paper affixed to both sides and will require removal prior to your application of the copper foil shielding tape. Tools and supplies needed are an X-Acto knife or equivalent, cleaning cloth such as an old clean and very soft 100% white cotton terrycloth towel or an old clean and very soft 100% white cotton T-shirt (plain shirt NO graphics), pressurized air can and an Acrylic cleaner such as Novus #1 "Plastic Clean and Shine" or Kleenmaster Brillianize DO NOT use any other cleaning products to clean the Acrylic pickguard or you may very well damage it! 

Select Your Basic Pickguard Assembly Kit Options

Pickguard:
Tone Capacitor:
Tremolo Arm Attachment Threading:
Tremolo Arm Plastic Tip Color:
Price: $156.00

Typical turn-around time from order placement to shipment is 5-10 business 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, most of which are usually about the size of the dot in-between the following quotes "." and sometimes small, thin lines. This is not something we consider as defective since they are an effect of the Acrylic casting 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 surprises.

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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