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Customized Pickguard For The Fender® American Elite HSS Strat®

Our Own Custom Manufactured Acrylic Pickguards or Customized Genuine Fender® Pickguards

Give your 2016 and newer Fender® American Elite HSS Strat® a new look with one of our replacement pickguards. You no longer have to be stuck with a mint green or tortoise shell pickguard that Fender® uses to build the American Elite Strat®.

In 2016 Fender® introduced the new American Elite Strat®, but unfortunately they only offer them with a Mint Green or Tortoise Shell pickguard.  This is where we come in and can customize any genuine Fender® pickguard to fit this new Elite HSS Strat® or we can fabricate one of our custom manufactured Black or White Acrylic 1 Ply 0.120" pickguards that have the Rounded and Polished Edge just like those we use to build our complete Gilmour style Black Strat® pickguard assemblies. 

We do NOT use any cheap import pickguards where you will have compatibility issues, only true genuine Fender and true Fender® spec with our custom manufactured Acrylic pickguards.

The American Elite Strat® has a new double action truss rod adjusting wheel located at the heal of the neck which requires a special feature in the pickguards neck pocket cut-out, so we have created a special routing jig to perfectly create this unique feature in any pickguard.

The Fender® American Elite HSS Strat® has the push button "Passing Lane" switch located in-between the two tone controls. We can locate this switch in this original location or we can relocate it to the position depicted in the photographs to the right which we feel is a better location, this is referred to the "Alternate" location in the option selections below.  No modifications, re-wiring or soldering are needed if you select to relocate this switches location, however it will require a little moving of the wires around the switch mounting block. We will secure the "Passing Lane" switch mounting block to the back side of the pickguard. You will only need to un-mount the switch from your original pickguards switch mounting block by the removal of 2 screws and remount the switch into place on the new pickguard.

The shielding on the two Acrylic pickguards that we manufacture will have control region only copper foil shielding.  All the other pickguards which are genuine Fender® will have full coverage aluminum foil shielding.

All of the pickguards offered here are ONLY for the 2016 and newer Fender® American Elite HSS Strat® that has the Shawbucker bridge pickup and N4 pickups in the middle and neck positions.  Our custom manufactured Acrylic HSS Elite Strat® pickguards have the bridge Humbucker pickup cut-out specifically dimensioned for the slightly shorter in length Shawbucker only.  The Humbucker cut-out on this pickguard is 2.700" x 1.475". Most of Fender's® other Humbucking pickups are approximately 0.10" longer.

Click here for detailed information on the creation of one of our custom manufactured Acrylic pickguards.

Pickguard Selection Options And Pricing

The Following 2 Pickguards Are Our Custom Manufactured Pickguards

  1. Black Acrylic 1 Ply 0.120" w/Rounded and Polished Edge: $150.00  DISCONTINUED
  2. White Acrylic 1 Ply 0.120" w/Rounded and Polished Edge: $150.00


The Following 4 Pickguards Are Customized Genuine Fender®

  1. White 3 Ply: $77.00 NOTE: The two single coil pickup mounting holes are countersunk, the N4 pickup mounting screws will work, but may sit slightly down in the countersunk hole. N4 pickups have proprietary mounting screws and cannot be changed to match the pickups mounting holes in the pickguard.
  2. Black 3 Ply: $80.00
  3. Mint Green 3 Ply: $82.00
  4. Aged White Pearl 4 Ply: $85.00 NOTE: The Aged White Pearl pickguard has a 2 screw Humbucker mounting, you will have to mount your Shawbucker using this 2 screw method. Shawbucker's are designed to be mounted using 2 or 3 screws - Pickguard Details


Passing Lane Push Button Switch Location Options

  1. Fender's® Original Location (Between the two tone controls, the same as it originally came from Fender®)
  2. Alternate Location (Between the volume and middle tone control, as depicted in the two photographs on the right)

Our Acrylic pickguards are custom manufactured on an "as ordered" basis and the genuine Fender pickguards have to be customized for the unique features required of the American Elite HSS Strat, so give us up to 45 days to get your order complete. Because these pickguards are custom manufactured specifically for you, they do not qualify for return, exchange or refund.

Custom Fender Elite HSS Strat Pickguard
Complete guitar shown for illustration purposes only, this purchase is for a pickguard ONLY.

Custom Fender Elite HSS Strat Pickguard

Depicted above in the two photographs is a 2016 Fender® American Elite HSS Strat® in Mystic Black with our Black 1 Ply 0.120" Acrylic HSS Pickguard with the Rounded and Polished Edge with the "Passing Lane" push button switch relocated to our Alternate Location.

Complete guitar shown for illustration purposes only, this purchase is for a pickguard ONLY.


Custom Fender Elite HSS Strat Pickguard

Above: Close-up illustration of the rounded and polished edge on our Black 1 Ply 0.120" Acrylic pickguard.

White 0.120'' Acrylic Pickguard With Rounded And Polished Edge

Above: Close-up illustration of the rounded and polished edge on our White 1 Ply 0.120" Acrylic pickguard.

Pickguard Humbucking Pickup Cut-Out Dimensions: 2.700" x 1.475"
Pickguard Humbucking Pickup Mounting: 3.100"
Shawbucker Pickup Dimensions: 2.600" x 1.375"
Pickguard Selection Options
Pickguard Selection:
Passing Lane Switch Location:
  Price: $77.00 to $150.00 Each


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 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.

Occasionally you may find the need to clean your Acrylic pickguard and the following are items you will need; 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 Brillianize DO NOT use any other cleaning products to clean the Acrylic pickguard or you may damage it.  On occasion you may wish to remove some fine scratches from an Acrylic pickguard or back plate 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. For world-wide distribution and Acrylic cleaning product availability contact the manufacturers directly at Novus or Brillianize.


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