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McCready Loaded Pickguard for Strat®

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Inspired by one of the worlds most famous 59' Strats, this is our take on the McCready loaded pickguard.

Super Easy, Solder-less Install

  • Obsidian® 'Vintage Plus' Wiring
  • Tonerider® PURE VINTAGE // OR
  • Obsidian® Custom Shop 'FIVE FIFTIES'
  • Fully Shielded 3 Ply Mint Green Pickguard
  • High Quality Obsidian® Knobs & Pickup Covers (Aged White & Parchment like the McCready 59' Strat)
  • Comprehensive Wiring & Pickup Upgrade

Construction personnalisée : Expédié sous 6 à 12 jours ouvrables

Expédié depuis : ObsidianWire, Nouvelle-Zélande

McCready Loaded Pickguard for Strat®

You Design It, We Build It...

McCready Loaded Pickguard for Strat®

Inspired by one of the worlds most famous 59' Strats, this is our take on the McCready loaded pickguard.

Super Easy, Solder-less Install

  • Obsidian® 'Vintage Plus' Wiring
  • Tonerider® PURE VINTAGE // OR
  • Obsidian® Custom Shop 'FIVE FIFTIES'
  • Fully Shielded 3 Ply Mint Green Pickguard
  • High Quality Obsidian® Knobs & Pickup Covers (Aged White & Parchment like the McCready 59' Strat)
  • Comprehensive Wiring & Pickup Upgrade

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Le câblage

Vintage Plus for Strat® Gen2

  • New 'Gen2' Model
  • Traditional '5-Way' Switching
  • Improved Tone Control Layout
  • Switchable volume control 'Voice'

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


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.


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


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.


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

Les micros

Standard: ToneRider® True Vintage

This set is a classic 59 Strat mixture of a low copper wind around punchy Alnico V magnets, for that classic McCready chime.

Neck 5.9k / Mid 6.1k / Bridge 6.45k

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Premium: ObsidianWire Custom Shop 'FIVE FIFTIES'

Handwound Strat pickups made for chime

The Obsidian Custom 'FIVE FIFTIES' set combines traditional Alnico V magnets and a low wind for a low output set that emphasizes clarity, with chimey Strat® highs. 

Hand wound to order, using a scatter wind process for enhanced dynamics and true Alnico V magnets for classic Stratocaster punch. Completed with vintage style fiber bobbin, and premium wax potted cloth wire.

Neck 5.6k / Mid 5.6k / Bridge 5.9k

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The Look

Choose your favorite pickguard and knob combo.

Need inspiration?

Check out some of our favorite combos Here


Installation de Pickguard chargé sans soudure

Installation sans soudure

Tous les pickguards chargés en Obsidian® permettent une installation rapide et facile sans soudure à l'aide de notre propre électronique Pro-Wired™ sans soudure


Les pickguards chargés en Obsidian ® pour Stratocaster® sont conçus pour s'adapter parfaitement aux corps Fender Strat® modernes avec des pickguards à 11 trous. D'autres corps, y compris Squier, l'importation et les guitares de type après-vente peuvent nécessiter des ajustements au routage ou au placement des trous de vis.

  • Modèle de trou de montage : Modern Fender 11 trous
  • Acheminement de la cavité de contrôle : s'adapte à l'authentique Fender Stratocaster
    D'autres guitares peuvent nécessiter un ajustement
  • Profondeur de la cavité : Minimum 34 mm (1,26")
    Le câblage à 7 voies nécessite toujours une cavité pleine profondeur autour des commandes de tonalité
  • Acheminement de la cavité de ramassage : vérifiez la compatibilité du ramassage avant de commander. Les pickguards chargés de humbucker nécessitent un acheminement de humbucker pleine taille.

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

Shipping Policies

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Matt Fragale (Matthews, US)
Really great

TL;DR: Everything went great and the guitar sounds amazing now. 1000% improvement over the cheap Amazon loaded pickguard I replaced with this.

Used this loaded pickguard as part of my second attempt at rebuilding an inexpensive guitar. I originally used an el cheapo Amazon loaded pickguard and it sounded... I dunno.... not musical. The cheapo Amazon thing had good reviews, so possible I did something wrong or maybe just got a dud, but I couldn't make it work well. My expectations of it were about as low as my confidence in building this thing, but the switch didn't seem to work correctly and the tone controls didn't seem to work well either. It didn't seem like it was working correctly on top of not sounding good. Felt like maybe a ground problem, but I couldn't see anything obvious. Lesson learned about cheap Amazon stuff, I suppose.

Soooo I did more looking around and found these Obsidian Wire loaded pickguards. Watched a lot of videos and did a lot of reading of reviews and such and pulled the trigger.
Loaded this up and wired up the output and the ground wire. Did my set up on the guitar and just wow. It sounds amazing. I mean, obviously choice of pickups is important so if you think you'd be happy with the toneriders as I was, then you can't go too wrong with this set up. Just out of the box, it was perfect. Installation is a breeze and all the bits included are high quality and the pre-wiring is perfect. If you have specific pickups in mind, then I imagine just buying the electronics would also be helpful. Wiring so much cleaner and simpler than doing all the soldering. Not to mention easier to change stuff out if you want.

Also, the description is very specific about what guitars it will fit into. I used this in a 2008 Starcaster by Fender, which was probably purchased from Target for $150 including an amplifier. It was the big box store version of the Squier line, back in the day. The body is not quite full depth, but the routed out control cavities are full depth and this fit fine. The only adjustment I had to make was to fill and re-drill a few (like 4) of the pickguard mounting holes and trim 1mm off the guard where the bridge meets it to allow the vibrato to pivot without contacting it. However, I also replaced the vibrato with something aftermarket so it may have fit the original stamped piece. I don't know since I didn't' try. Otherwise, everything fit perfectly. So, you know... if you have something non-standard, do the measurements and with a little patience and perhaps a power tool or two, you can probably make this work.

On a side note, excellent communication from the company when I had a question prior to shipping. They were helpful and friendly and answered my question in a timely manner. Much appreciated! Great company to deal with and I wouldn't hesitate to purchase from them again. Thanks, Obsidian people!

Lenin Silverio (Fremont, US)
Awesome company, Great Service!

ObsidianWire is an awesome company with great customer service and a very helpful staff.
When I modify or build another guitar I'm definitely coming back.
Do yourself a favor and check them out!

Pickguards Pro-Wired™

  • Installation sans soudure

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  • Conçu pour Strat®

    Conçu pour être une mise à niveau complète pour votre Stratocaster ®

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