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Vaughan Loaded Pickguard for Strat®

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$476.00
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The classic 'Texas Strat' setup with a 'Vintage Plus' wiring upgrade and Hot Bluesy 'City Limits' pickups

Super Easy, Solder-less Install

  • Obsidian® 'Vintage Plus' Wiring
  • Tonerider® City Limits Pickups
  • Fully Shielded 3 Ply Black Obsidian® Pickguard
  • High Quality Obsidian® Knobs & Pickup Covers (Parchment)
  • 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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Vaughan Loaded Pickguard for Strat®

The classic 'Texas Strat' setup with a 'Vintage Plus' wiring upgrade and Hot Bluesy 'City Limits' pickups

Super Easy, Solder-less Install

  • Obsidian® 'Vintage Plus' Wiring
  • Tonerider® City Limits Pickups
  • Fully Shielded 3 Ply Black Obsidian® Pickguard
  • High Quality Obsidian® Knobs & Pickup Covers (Parchment)
  • Comprehensive Wiring & Pickup Upgrade

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The Wiring

Vintage Plus 'Gen2' - Stratocaster® Electronics Kit

The new Obsidian® Vintage Plus Gen2 for Stratocaster® has had a complete overhaul to ensure you have access to the absolute in best Stratocaster Electronics. The new upgraded harness retains the traditional five way switching, but improves the tone control layout, smooths out the tone and volume control response, and gives you two volume control 'voices' so you can get your guitar setup exactly how you like it

OBSIDIAN® LAYOUT

Tone & volume controls that make sense. For the 'Gen2' model we have assigned 'Tone control 1' to the neck and middle pickups. This leaves 'Tone control 2' as a dedicated bridge pickup tone control, for balancing the brighter treble in switch positions 1 & 2.

'VOICE' SWITCHING

Match the function of your volume control to your playing style. Match the function of the volume control to your playing style, with a 'Clear' mode and a 'Balanced' mode.

'CLEAR' MODE - Crystal clear tone at any volume level
'BALANCED' MODE - Roll off some highs with the volume control for a smooth transition between clean and crunch

SMOOTH CONTROL

An even tone and volume control taper all the way from zero to ten. Obsidian® tone and volume controls incorporate carefully selected and custom-built components, as well as our own clever mods to smooth out the taper of your tone and volume controls, so you get a more even roll off all the way from zero to 10.

TRADITIONAL 5 WAY SWITCHING

The Obsidian® Vintage Plus for Strat® Gen2 retains traditional '5-way' switching with a high quality Oak® '5-way' switch.

Switch Positions:

1: Bridge 
2: Bridge & Middle
3: Middle
4: Middle & Neck
5: Neck

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The Pickups

ToneRider® City Limits

Fat full Texas neck and middle mixed pickups with a hotter bridge, for deep bass and tempered bell-like trebles. This set is specially crafted for Hot Blues & Rock.

Neck 6.0k / Mid 6.1k / Bridge 8.9k

The City Limits set is designed to offer guitarists a hotter Stratocaster sound with unrivalled versatility. The neck and mid pickups are wound to emulate the sought-after “overwound” late 50’s-style pickups that vintage collectors have found to have a rich piano-like bass and thick trebles – a tone that has become known as the “Texas” sound.  The bridge pickup, however, is a departure from the standard winds and is overwound with lighter gauge AWG43 gauge wire to approximately 9.0kOhms for a more modern soloing sound when used with gain or distortion, without a harsh top end.

Due to advances in string technology and the wider range of modern guitar necks, the City Limits set uses our unique “Modified Vintage Stagger” polepiece magnet array allowing for near perfect string-to-string balance on the greatest range of instruments possible.  Get them in any Strat and find that hotter, fatter Texas tone you’ve been waiting for.

The Look

Choose your favorite pickguard and knob combo.

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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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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