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'Black on Black' HSS Loaded Pickguard for Strat®

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The Ultimate HSS Loaded Pickguard for your Stratocaster

Super Easy, Solder-less Install

  • Obsidian® Custom HSS Gen2 Electronics 7-Way // Gilmour Mod Switching
  • Includes 7-Way Upgrade // Gilmour Mod
  • Tonerider® 'THE OVERWOUND' HSS Pickups
  • Fully Shielded 3 Ply Black Obsidian® Pickguard
  • High Quality Obsidian® Knobs & Pickup Covers (Black)
  • Comprehensive Wiring & Pickup Upgrade

Custom Shop: Built to Order

Fast Build Time: Ships in 2-4 Business Days

Express Shipping Available: DHL Express

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'Black on Black' HSS Loaded Pickguard for Strat®

The Ultimate HSS Loaded Pickguard for your Stratocaster

Super Easy, Solder-less Install

  • Obsidian® Custom HSS Gen2 Electronics 7-Way // Gilmour Mod Switching
  • Includes 7-Way Upgrade // Gilmour Mod
  • Tonerider® 'THE OVERWOUND' HSS Pickups
  • Fully Shielded 3 Ply Black Obsidian® Pickguard
  • High Quality Obsidian® Knobs & Pickup Covers (Black)
  • Comprehensive Wiring & Pickup Upgrade

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The Wiring

Premium HSS Strat Wiring Harness - With 7 Way Upgrade

Our all new 'Gen2' HSS Strat wiring harness incorporates intelligent switching to give you the full clarity of your humbuckers AND tame your single coils, more useable tone and volume controls, greater clarity.

INTELLIGENT SWITCHING

Optimized for humbuckers & single coils. When building an HSS Stratocaster, there is a toss-up between choosing 500k controls to retain the life of a humbucker, or 250k controls to balance brighter single coils.

We use Obsidian® Intelligent Switching to give you the absolute best of both your humbuckers and single coils with a wiring harness that will automatically switch between the two.

AUTO SPLIT

A balanced humbucker & single coil combo. Achieving the right balance between your humbuckers and single coils is an important part of hearing the full dynamics of both pickups together. With Obsidian® auto split, your humbucker automatically splits into singlecoil mode when matched with your other singlecoils on the selector switch.
- Requires split coil compatible humbuckers

CRYSTAL CLEAR TONE

Retain clarity at lower volumes. To make your tone crystal clear at lower volumes we include an Obsidian® Custom spec treble bleed mod. This prevents tone 'muddiness' at low volumes by allowing high frequencies to pass along a separate path to your amp, rather than being stopped short by the increasing resistance at the volume control.

7-WAY SWITCH // GILMOUR MOD - UPGRADE INCLUDED

The sweetest bell like Strat® tone. The Obsidian® 7-Way Switch allows you to play your neck and bridge pickups together for the sweetest bell like tones, or even all three pickups together. The switch is built in to your tone control by use of a push/pull pot, so no extra mods are required to your guitar.

CONTROL LAYOUT

HSS Mode: For Humbucker Bridge Pickup + Two Single Coils

5: Neck (250k)
4: Middle + Neck (250k)
3: Middle (250k)
2: Bridge humbucker in split mode + middle (250k)
1: Bridge humbucker in full mode (500k)

* Diagram includes options Gilmour Mod // Neck pickup 'ON' switch

Tone Controls

Control 1: Master Volume (auto splits 250 for Single coils & 500k for Humbucker)
Control 2: Tone Control 1 (Neck & Middle) 250k No Load Pot & 0.022uf Capacitor
Control 3: Tone Control 2 (Bridge) 500k Pot & 0.022uf Capacitor

The Pickups

THE OVERWOUND HSS Pickup SET TRS3 & AC5

With all three pickups slightly overwound on Alnico V magnets, this set is designed to give a little more push.  Combining our Classic Blues single coils with our new Birmingham AC5 bridge humbucker. This set sizzles!

TRS3N / TRS3M / AC5B-F-spaced

Neck 6.3k / Mid 6.4k / Bridge 8.7k

The Look

Choose your favorite pickguard and knob combo.

Need inspiration?

Check out some of our favorite combos Here

The Install

Solderless Loaded Pickguard Install

Solderless Install

All Obsidian® loaded pickguards allow for a quick and easy solderless install using our own solderless Pro-Wired™ Electronics

Fitting

Loaded Pickguards (for Strat)

Obsidian® loaded pickguards for Stratocaster® are made to fit modern Fender Strat® bodies with 11 hole pickguards perfectly. Other bodies including Squier, import and after market type guitars may need adjustments to routing, or screw hole placement. 

  • Mounting Hole Pattern: Modern Fender 11 hole
  • Control Cavity Routing: Fits genuine Fender Stratocaster
    Other guitars may need adjustment
  • Cavity depth: Minimum 34mm (1.26”)
    7-Way wiring always require full depth cavity around tone controls
  • Pickup Cavity Routing: Check pickup compatibility before ordering. Humbucker loaded pickguards require full size humbucker routing.

Control Plates (for Tele)

Obsidian® loaded control plates for Telecaster® are made to fit modern Fender Tele® bodies perfectly. Other bodies including Squier, import and after market type guitars may need adjustments to routing, or screw hole placement. 

  • Mounting Hole Spacing: 150mm from center to center
  • Control Cavity Routing: Fits genuine Fender Telecaster
    Other guitars may need adjustment
  • Cavity depth: Minimum 34mm (1.26”)
    7-Way wiring always require full depth cavity around tone controls
  • Pickups: ObsidianWire Pro-Wired Electronics are generally made for standard two wire pickups.

    For different wire types select the Custom Universal harness. the Custom 4-Way harness requires a three wire neck pickup, or a solder join to add a new wire.

Control Plates (for Jazz Bass)

Obsidian® loaded control plates for Jazz Bass® are made to fit modern Fender Jazz Bass® bodies perfectly. Other bodies including Squier, import and after market type guitars may need adjustments to routing, or screw hole placement. 

  • Control Cavity Routing: Fits genuine Fender Jazz Bass
    Other guitars may need adjustment - Minimum // width 24mm - length 128mm - depth 30mm
  • Pickups: Electronics are made for standard two wire pickups. Other pickups may require modification or soldering.

The Shipping

ObsidianWire Custom Shop Item:

This item is part of our Custom Shop range, built to order, one at a time in Christchurch New Zealand.

Build Time: 5 - 10 Business Days

We aim to build all custom shop orders within 5 - 10 business days (excludes weekends and public holiday). If we expect any delays we will let you know as soon as possible.

Shipping: Ships direct from Christchurch, New Zealand

All custom shop items ship direct from Christchurch, New Zealand. Please allow extra time for International shipping. Check for additional info on our shipping policies below

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Customer Reviews

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James Russell (Chadds Ford, US)
Amazing tone

I really love the look and sound of this!

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Michael A
Squire Strat Upgrade

I purchased loaded pickguard with Tonerider TRS1 Pure Vintage for a Squire Stratocaster (SSS). The installation took about 45 minutes (add time for cleaning/re-stringing). This is a super easy install/upgrade and my guitar looks and sounds great (much improved).

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Chuck (Glendora, US)
Incredible pickguard

So simple to install, fit right into my Strat. Love the Blender feature and a master tone control. So many Fenders lack a tone control for the Bridge pickup. Buying another for a different Strat. Obsidian seems to be the only quality option for solderless Pickguards in Black!

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Sonny (Waltham, US)
A much better electronics package overall

I replaced my 2023 Affinity series Squier Strat's pickup and electronics with this one here and the installation was rather trivial. I did add an improvement to my guitar apart from this excellently packaged, made electronics upgrade for my strat. Specifically, I shielded the electronics cavity and, along with the shielding this Obsidian Wire pickguard comes with, my electronics is now fully shielded! The tones--I went with the TRS4 (Tonerider Alnico 2 blues)--nice, fat, bluesy and yes, like the description says, no distortion even at full volume. I did have to add some insulation to the top of the pickup switch as it was touching my copper shielding but that was trivial. I went with paper insulation. There were three _additional_ ground pins available for use after I connected my guitar output jack so I used it for the tremelo base grounding.

My strat is fantastic sounding now! STRONGLY recommend this product. Compares favorably with my PRS which is multiple times more expensive in price.

Oh--after sales service from Obsidian wire is frikkin excellent! They threw in a guitar output jack for me and I very much appreciated that thoughtful gesture. And the shipping was quite fast, actually. From the time I ordered it in Massachusetts, I got my package, all the way from New Zealand in one week!!!!

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Raymond He (Baltimore, US)
Fantastic Alternative

I'm honestly surprised that obsidian wire isn't a standard! It's super easy to use and very easy to follow.. I would highly recommend for all folks who hate soldering and prefer an easier alternative.

I bought a loaded pickguard with the HSS configuration with a Gilmour mod. I did have to tweak the neck pocket of the pickguard because it was a Squier body with an after market neck. Also had to dremel a litle bit to expand room for the 7 way switch. Overall it was worth it! Connections were easy and very simple. Surprised that this type of connection isn't the standard. The guitar plays like a dream, pickups were fantastic. I ended up shielding the cavity in the body just in case but it seems to have reduced some humming here and there.

Overall, highly recommend!

Pro-Wired™ Pickguards & Control Plates

  • Solderless Install

    Quick & Easy install using with Obsidian® solderless wiring

  • Custom Built

    You choose the specs, and we build it for you, right here in our Custom Shop.

  • Pro-Grade

    World class components and build quality for world class tone and durability