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Pickguard - For Stratocaster® (Modern) - "Juan" Mod

Pickguard - Suitable for Fender® Stratocasters® - Juan Mod

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A HSS plate for the Fender® Stratocaster® - with a twist!

On the face of it, this looks our popular Craggy Mod pickguard, but its actually something a little different. Rather then having a bridge humbuckers paired with a single coil neck, this is actually a plate that takes heavy inspiration from Robbie Robertson and his Last Waltz Strat®!

In short, rather then being a humbuckers in that bridge slot, it’s actually 2 single coil routes, slanted in the usual fashion that a normal bridge pickup would be – and whilst it’s a wonderful nod to an iconic guitar and player, electrically, it gives you so many more options! Either by running the pickups (for simplicity, lets keep calling them bridge and middle!) as standard – but using position 2 on the switch to give you tones closer to a true humbuckers, or you can get wild with it, and fit extra switches to pick between series and parallel wiring, or use the middle pickup as a “secondary bridge” option (a popular one seems to be fitting a single coil sized ‘bucker in there, so you can switch between “proper Strat®” and something a bit more aggressive.

Either way, whichever way you want to go with it, it gives you plenty of option electrically, and as such, the opportunity to a whole new world of tones.

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® that'll let you do some crazy things with that combo bridge/middle routing, then chances are this is the one you want.

Why name it the Juan mod though? - that one, we're keeping secret!

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