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Pickguard - For Stratocaster® (1983 - Current)

Pickguard - Suitable for Fender® Stratocasters®

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Modern Plate for the Fender® Stratocaster®

This is the pickguard most of us will be familiar with then it comes to working with the Fender® Stratocaster® and it represents the final stages of the plate’s evolution.

Essentially, it’s a slight improvement on the early 60s spec plate, with the only real difference being the mounting screw between the neck and middle pickup routes has been moved move towards the middle pickup, rather than being slap bang in between. Presumably this was done to combat that last trouble area on 60s models which where prone to warping.

Either way, this spec plate came into production around about 1983 and has lasted through until the modern on most USA and Mexican produced guitars (with the exception of a couple of re-issues and signature models which are mimicking guitars from before that period). One thing to watch out for though, and we field countless emails on this one – Squier® and Fender® Japan do not always work to this standard.

No idea why they never switched over to the standard hole pattern entirely (some do turn up, and modern models do seem to be much better for this), but they often turn up with all sorts of weird and wonderful spec plates on them - as always with this, if you’re in any doubt what so ever, check out the Technical Specifications, we made up some detailed diagrams showing the sizes, shapes and screw placement to make matching up plates as simple as we could.

But enough about the history and the manufacturers little niggles – how about a bit about the plate?

It’s exactly how you’d expect a plate for a Strat® to be really, routed out for 3 single coils, a switch (either 3 or 5 way – remember if you’re going historic, the 5 way switch didn’t come into production until the 1970s!) and 3 holes for the pots (drilled out to 10mm to take CTS pots) and the classic 11 mounting holes around the edge.

The plate itself is made for a 3 ply laminate of PVC, purely because it’s the best material for the job. Whilst it’s true to say that various other plastics have been used, most had their draw backs sadly – fine for historical accuracy, but a bit of a pig in day to day life. PVC is heat resistant to avoid warping, its colour fast, so will never change colour as it ages (although, as with most things, it’ll still nicotine stain, it’ll still bleach in the sun if you leave it there for a few weeks!).

So all in all, if you’re looking for a modern spec plate for your Strat® and you’re rocking a cool set of single coils, then chances are this is the one you want.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Squier SE Strat May 29, 2019
Reviewer: Peter Reilly from Shrewsbury  
Most of us guitarists know that getting a new scratchplate can be a bit of an inexact science. There is almost always some degree of having to put the screws back in at an angle, drill out new holes or make some other alterations to get the bloody thing to fit as well as the original. When I ordered a new ivory scratchplate from this site I was fully prepared for this and had my drill and files at the ready to make the required changes.
Lo and behold, when I took the old plate of off and installed the new one it fit absolutely perfectly, no mods required! That's an absolute first for me, so hats off to the guys at Axesrus. You really are doing something right, cheers!

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  4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 For a Fender American Deluxe November 24, 2016
Reviewer: J. C. from Edinburgh, Lothian Scotland  
Just to say a big thank you for being one of the best companies I have dealt with. Emailed to confirm sizes and ended up having a very pleasant and casual back and forth, discussing colour combinations, guitars in general and finishes.

Item arrived very quickly and although I had to very much 'encourage' one of the screws in, it fitted my American Deluxe (2012) perfectly. Good quality scratchplate and gorgeous finish (I ordered the 'parchment' colour).  

Again, thanks for your service and will definitely be ordering from here again.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 89/90 Korean Squier - Almost Fit November 24, 2016
Reviewer: Alexander Bull from Ipswich, Suffolk England  
Just want to say a HUGE thank you for your services recently.

When I emailed for advice the emails I received in reply were more like chatting to an old friend rather than a business. It truely was an 'old fashioned service' which is very uncommon these days.

The Tortoise Shell pickguard is fantastic value for money and the build quality is fantastic - required some fettling and a new hole in the body to fit my Squier, but i expected that.

I will 100% use you guys again and will recommend to all my guitar buddies.

I truely am happy with your products and the service you provided.

Thank You

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
4 of 5 Fender Strat MIM November 24, 2016
Reviewer: David from Bradford, West Yorkshire England  
Ordered an ivory scratchplate to replace the glaring white version supplies as standard. Nice quality item from AxesRus, but some the screw holes were just slightly out of position to be a perfect fit. Some of the screws had to be installed at a slight angle to match the holes, but doesn't look too bad. Overall I'm pleased with it.

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Fender Special Edition Lite Ash Strat November 24, 2016
Reviewer: Chris from UK  
Received my Strat pickguard today and want to say how pleased I am with it. Also surprised to see it is fully screened, the one removed from my strat only has screening around the controls area. Great price compared to Fender

I fitted the pickguard to a Fender Special Edition Lite Ash Strat. This model is no longer available and was only manufactured for a few years. It was made in Korea and I believe subcontracted by Fender to Cort.

Regards fitting, and I was aware of this before I purchased via web research, every thing lined up
regards shape, component and fixing holes except for the neck cut-out. On the standard American strats the pickguard slips under the neck by about 1/4", whereas on the Lite Ash there is no under cut at the neck.

So I put some masking tape on the new pickguard and traced the neck profile using the old pickguard as a template. I then filed out the new shape, it took about 5 minutes and is very easy to do as the material is soft.

I then had a perfect fit.

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