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Gilmour Loaded Pickguard for Strat®

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US$329.00
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US$329.00

The classic 'Black Strat' setup with a Gilmour inspired 7-Way & Overwound bridge pickup, pickguard build. Super Easy, Solder-less Install

  • Obsidian® 7-Way // Gilmour Mod Switching
  • Obsidian® Custom Shop Overwound Bridge Pickup
  • Tonerider® Pure Vintage Neck & Middle Pickups
  • Fully Shielded 1 Ply Black Obsidian® Pickguard
  • High Quality Obsidian® Knobs & Pickup Covers (Parchment)
  • Comprehensive Wiring & Pickup Upgrade

Custom Shop: Build Time 6 - 12 Days

Ships From: ObsidianWire, New Zealand

The ObsidianWire Gilmour loaded pickguard with 1 ply black pickguard and parchment white pickup covers and knobs
The ObsidianWire Gilmour loaded pickguard with 1 ply black pickguard with true vintage pickups and custom 7 way wiring harness
Gilmour Loaded Pickguard for Strat®
Gilmour Loaded Pickguard for Strat®
Gilmour Loaded Pickguard for Strat®
Gilmour loaded 1 ply black pickguard with parchment white pickup covers on a David Gilmour inspired black strat

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Gilmour Loaded Pickguard for Strat®

The classic 'Black Strat' setup with a Gilmour inspired 7-Way & Overwound bridge pickup, pickguard build. Super Easy, Solder-less Install

  • Obsidian® 7-Way // Gilmour Mod Switching
  • Obsidian® Custom Shop Overwound Bridge Pickup
  • Tonerider® Pure Vintage Neck & Middle Pickups
  • Fully Shielded 1 Ply Black Obsidian® Pickguard
  • High Quality Obsidian® Knobs & Pickup Covers (Parchment)
  • Comprehensive Wiring & Pickup Upgrade

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The Wiring

Custom 7 WAY Wiring // Gilmour Mod

This is our dedicated loaded pickguard for the Obsidian® Custom 7 Way wiring harness with '7-way' switching inspired by David Gilmour. It also features improved tone control layout, smoother tone and volume control response, and gives you two volume control 'voices' so you can get your guitar setup exactly how you like it.

The Gilmour Mod:

The sweetest bell like Strat® tone. 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.

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The Pickups

ToneRider® Pure Vintage & ObsidianWire Custom Shop Overwound Bridge

Warm Gilmour Strat® Tones & Searing Leads

The Pure Vintage set from Tonerider is the perfect set for giving you those Vintage Black Strat tones that David Gilmour is famous for , along with a bridge pickup overwound in the ObsidianWire custom shop, that is perfect for those searing clean leads

Neck 5.9k / Mid 6.1k / Bridge 11.8k

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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.

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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Lee Gardner
Parcel tracking

How do I track the parcel as it’s not arrived thanks

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Damion Kuret (Perth, AU)
in one word EPIC !

QUality product, delivered fast, especially in the midst pof the Christmass rush.
This loaded plate was just what i needed. Ive been loving my telecater lately and after installing the 4 way loaded plate, I've finally got everything i want from my tele! Installation was relatively easy, however ive had to reverse the plate position as fender didnt leave me much to work with the wire lengths but the new position is a lot more player friendly in my opinion.
Dont hesitate, get one and then youve got spare bits if needed in the future!!

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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!

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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!

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