Planet Tone HSS Custom Loaded Pickguard Design Center
Planet Tone HSS Custom Loaded Pickguard Design Center
Planet Tone HSS Custom Loaded Pickguard Design Center
Planet Tone HSS Custom Loaded Pickguard Design Center
Planet Tone HSS Custom Loaded Pickguard Design Center

Planet Tone HSS Custom Loaded Pickguard Design Center

Regular price $200.00
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Handmade and wired in the USA to order!!
See description below and design your custom pickguard today!
Custom Setups begin at $195
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Welcome to the Planet Tone Custom Shop! Here you can design your own prewired pickguard and we will professionally assemble and solder the components based on your specifications. See Customer Care page for turnaround times. Rush service is available for urgent deadlines. 

Information on the options available:

1. Planet Tone Pickup Choice

  • Choose from our large selection of Planet Tone hand crafted premium American pickups.

2. Pickguards

  • Fit 11 Hole American Standard Stratocasters from 1963 to Present.
  • Fit 11 Hole Mexican Standards Stratocasters from 2002 to Present

3. Accessories

  • Accessories = knobs and switch tip

4. Switching:

  • American –> CTS potentiometers, American switch
  • Metric –> Alpha potentiometers, alpha switch
  • 5 way switching
  • 7 way via mini toggle
  • 7 way via push/pull

Note: 7 way switching includes neck/bridge and neck/middle/bridge switching options plus standard 5 way switching options.

5 way and 7 way VTT assignments are as follows:

  • Volume = master volume
  • Tone 1 = neck
  • Tone 2 = middle & bridge

5. Capacitor Type 

The higher quality the capacitor the smoother and warmer the tone.

  • Poly Cap = Traditional
  • Orange Drop = Upgrade
  • Oil Filled = Best Choice
  • .047 caps = Used in Les Pauls etc.,allow more low end frequencies
  • .022 caps = Traditionally used in Strats®, allow less low end frequencies

6. TBX Tone Control

  • Fender TBX Tone Control = Treble Bass Expander at middle and bridge

7. Treble Bleed / Volume Mod

  • Treble Bleed / Volume Mod is used for minimizing volume or treble bleed when rolling back your volume.
  • As you roll back your volume your guitar retains more of the high end tones

Note: This mod can brighten your guitars tone overall by a very slight amount

8. Wire Type

  • Modern hook up wire = Used by Fender® today on standard guitars
  • Vintage Cloth push back wire = Used by Fender® Custom Shop

Note: Wire type has no effect on tone and is purely cosmetic.

9. Screws

  • Standard sized screws are used and available in black, gold and traditional steel.

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Andrew W.
United States United States
I recommend this product

HSS Loaded Pickguard for Squier

Wow! Being new to electric guitar, I picked up my Affinity Squier strat and used it for about 6 months with the stock electronics, I wasn’t too impressed and knew I wanted an upgrade. Then I ran across planet tone products on YouTube and figured I would give it a shot. The difference made to the sound coming out of my amp is just insane! Tone, quality, volume all blow me away! Thanks Jose!

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Brian M.
United States United States
I recommend this product

A pickguard of Joy!

Got this to replace my stock mim pickups in my beautiful wine red strat. I have had the new pickguard in for a month now ( 57's in neck and middle, Fullthrottle in the bridge with split coil switch and 7 way switching). I am blown away by the sound of all positions and am amazed at the versatility of this particular HSS setup. Jose is great at his craft and a pleasure to deal with. I am very grateful to him for all that he offers and at a price that makes his product the ultimate value. Which is why I ordered Poundcakes to ugrade the first guitar I ever bought.

Ryan O.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Great Loaded Pickguard

Took several weeks to arrive but well worth the wait. I spec'ed out an HSS pickguard with 59 overwound singles and the Aggressor humbucker for a partscaster poject. The 59's are super clear, dynamic, and ballsy. I've never heard anything as close to that SRV tone as I get with these pickups in position 4. And the Aggressor is at least as good as a JB I have in another guitar, and it sounds amazing for high gain lead tones. Also, I'm terrible at soldering but Planet Tone made it idiot-proof (on my end just had to make three connections, one to trem claw and two to the jack.) They were even helpful enough to help over messenger/phone to make sure my install was a success - great customer service!