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McCready Loaded Pickguard for Strat®

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US$289.00
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US$289.00

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

Custom Shop: Built to Order

Fast Build Time: Ships in 2-4 Business Days

Express Shipping Available: DHL Express

McCready Loaded Pickguard for Strat®
McCready Loaded Pickguard for Stratocaster using mint green pickguard and mixed aged white & parchment knobs & pickup covers.
McCready Loaded Pickguard for Stratocaster using mint green pickguard and mixed aged white & parchment knobs & pickup covers.

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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The Wiring

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

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

The Pickups

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

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