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Item # 4003

Custom Double Recessed Mini-Toggle Switch Pickguard Kit
Specifically Designed For Use With The Super 5-Way Selector Switch

What we are offering here is a unique twist on how Strat® pickup selection modification switches are mounted and presented.  The concept behind this mini-toggle switch mounting style reflects on the Gilmour Black Strat® and it's single recessed mini-toggle switch but we have taken it a few steps further for increased diversity.

For our pickup selection modifications we don't utilize push/pull or push/push pots which are quite typical and uninteresting and we don't mount our mini-toggle switches in holes drilled in the pickguard using the standard chrome flat washer and hex nut on the top side of the pickguard, that's also very typical and uninteresting.

For this particular modification implementation we have custom routed two small 1/8" x 5/16" slots in the pickguard, custom designed a unique stainless steel mounting bracket to secure both of the mini-toggle switches in alignment with the two slots in the pickguard which is then fastened securely in place with the volume and tone potentiometers. This custom mini-toggle switch mounting bracket provides a recessed or lowered profile of both switches that only allows a small portion (approx. 1/4") of each switch lever to protrude through the top side of the pickguard. 

This particular kits recessed mini-toggle switch modification kit is the only one of our kits we offer that WILL WORK with a Super 5-Way pickup selector switch and that is it's primary intention in it's design. It's recessed mini-toggle switch mounting bracket was specifically designed to be able to accommodate the Super 5-Way pickup selector switch and two DPDT mini-toggle switches for wiring modification switching.  The Super 5-Way switch is much wider than a standard 5-way switch so certain considerations had to be taken into account in the design.

With this unique switch mounting method you won't accidentally bump a toggle switch with your hand or knuckles while playing, the profile of the toggle switch levers are just too low to inadvertently bump.  By mounting the mini-toggle switches this way they are only activated or de-activated with intent, or when you want them switched, no accidental pickup selection changes with this design method.

The HSS pickguards Humbucker pickup mounting are the standard Fender® 3 hole mounting style.

Completed guitar is shown for reference and illustration purposes only, it is not for sale. Only those components listed below are included in this kit.

Custom Double Recessed Mini-Toggle Switch Pickguard Assembly Kit For Super Switch Projects

An example of the custom wiring that can be implemented with this particular assembly kit as follows:

This particular modification works quite well with the Super 5-Way Pickup Selector Switch and a couple of 4 conductor Humbucking pickups.  The guitar pictured above has two SPDT (on/on) mini-toggle switches with two Seymour Duncan full sized Humbucking pickups; a JB Model TB-4 in the bridge position and a Jazz Model SH-2 in the neck position.  This combination of pickups and switches offers 17 different and unique pickup selection options. Includes Series, Parallel, Phasing and Coil Splitting. 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you are selecting your modification kit  with one of the '62 vintage pickguards or '57 vintage pickguard they are unshielded as provided by Fender. To have the genuine Fender® aluminum '62 pickguard shield or '57 control area shield included please add it separately below using the appropriate "Add to Cart" button.  The '62 vintage aluminum pickguard shield is a full pickguard coverage shield.  The '57 vintage aluminum pickguard shield is a control area only shield.  These shielding's are specific and authentic to how they were originally built by Fender® during the respective era with the obvious exception of the custom modification which allows the recessed mini-toggle switches to protrude through.

Pickguard Kits Included Components and Component Options

  • Pickguard - Custom routed with the two slots for the recessed  mini-toggle switches. (Your choice of one of the following)
    • White 3 Ply, Standard 11 Hole, SSS
    • Black 3 Ply, Standard 11 Hole, SSS
    • Parchment 3 Ply, Standard 11 Hole, SSS
    • Black 1 Ply, Standard 11 Hole, SSS
    • White 3 Ply, '62 Vintage 11 Hole, SSS
    • Black 3 Ply, '62 Vintage 11 Hole, SSS
    • White 1 Ply, '57 Vintage 8 Hole, SSS
    • White 3 Ply, Standard 11 Hole, HSS
    • Black 3 Ply, Standard 11 Hole, HSS
    • Mint Green 3 Ply, Standard 11 Hole, HSS
  • Custom Stainless Steel Recessed Mini-Toggle Switch Mounting Bracket (Two switch type for Super 5-Way).
  • Tone Capacitor - Polyester Film Orange Drop (Your choice of one of the following).
    • 0.047 uF.
    • 0.033 uF.
    • 0.022 uF.
  • Mini-Toggle Switches (Your choice of two of the following).
    • SPDT (on/on).
    • DPDT (on/on).
  • Potentiometers (Your choice of one of the following sets of three).
    • CTS 250K.
    • CTS 500K.
  • Fender® Super 5-Way Pickup Selector Switch.
Select Your Pickguard Kit Options
Mini-Toggle Switch #1:
Mini-Toggle Switch #2:
Tone Capacitor:
Price: $140.00
To add the customized 62 Vintage Aluminum Pickguard Shield:
$25.00 Up Charge

To add the customized '57 Vintage Aluminum Control Area Shield:
$15.00 Up Charge

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