We’re proud to offer the most versatile customization options for prewired pickguards and loaded control plates available anywhere. We wire everything in-house to your specs and can create unique combinations to meet your guitar playing needs. Check out our guard colors and pickguard options as well as prewired possibilities and upgrade information below. Each guard features Dragonfire Pickups in a variety of combinations and provides multiple options to personalize and enhance your build with wiring upgrades, onboard effects, and more.
We offer an extensive selection of pickguard and plate styles in a huge variety of colors and configurations. Scroll to the bottom of this page for sample images for each of our color groups. From guards pre-configured with standard options and limited selections to custom offerings, we build-to-order!
In general, our pickguard styles are designed for Fender Strat 2002 & Newer US & MIM Standard Strat, Tele, Les Paul & Bass guitars. If you have anything else, contact us prior to purchase so we can make sure we have what you need.
Non-standard selections may require body or other modifications or adjustments. Your selections are your own – we will create items per the order specification and it is solely your responsibility to determine your desired options. We’re here to help so just let us know if you need more information.
We hand-wire every prewired guard and customize each build so every single order is created with care and purpose specifically for you. If you can’t find what you want in our template offerings or would rather create a new pickup combination or system configuration, you can select each component separately to create a build unique for your specific needs. Just add everything in the same cart, include a note to let us know, and we’ll incorporate everything together just for your order. We’re looking forward to building you a wired set-up that’s just what you want for exceptional performance!
Start shopping now or keep reading for a basic outline of some of the choices available for prewired guards and plates. Your selections will determine ultimate layout/functionality. Contact us prior to purchase with any questions.
In general, every prewired offers your choice of right or left-handed design, pickguard color, mounting style, neck pocket & trem cut type, as well as model and color of pickups along with switch, pot, wiring and performance style options. Choose to stick with a classic design or explore the possibilities with a fully custom made-to-order build.
We offer an enormous collection of different pickguard colors and styles. Options include standard pickguard materials in multi-ply and single-ply styles as well as custom materials such as mirrors and translucents along with a diverse variety of specialty colors. Many of these materials are designed to vary in pattern, color, and style, providing unique outcomes for each project. Check the product pages for images and samples of available materials along with more information about styles.
Products are designed to work with Fender Standard 2002 & Newer US & MIM guitars. We do not guarantee the fit on any other style, year or model line. Pickguards are not designed to work with Squier, Custom, Light, Deluxe, any Artist-Series, Reissue, or anything else other than Standard. If you have a different model or year, contact us prior to purchase so we can make sure we have what you need.
Most guard styles come with protective covering and pre-applied full-size electronics shielding sheet or tape. Some specialty guards or custom works may not have any covering or may have single or double-sided protective covering with electronics shielding sheet included separately so you can choose whether/how to apply it.
Solderless Connection upgrades offer the option to install a new pickguard or control plate without any soldering by using a specially designed Dragonfire quick-connect wiring box. A jack is included with this option and you must have an existing trem/bridge ground for installation.
Your choice of different switch styles including blade, toggle, mini, momentary and more along with the switch location that will work for you. Switch options are offered in traditional and unique locations as well as in the standard control pot field of play. Be sure to check your control cavity for compatibility with your desired style if you’re choosing something non-standard or new to your body type.
Standard 3-Way Switching (Fender & Upgraded Dragonfire Blade & Toggle Styles Available)
Position 1 = Full Bridge
Position 2 = Full Bridge + Full Neck
Position 3 = Full Neck
Tele 4-Way Switching in standard Tele switch configurations or with specialized two-pickup Strat applications...
Standard Strat 5-Way Switching (Fender & Upgraded Dragonfire Blade & Rotary Switch Styles Available with Additional Wiring Options)
Position 1 = Full Bridge
Position 2 = Full Bridge + Full Middle
Position 3 = Full Middle
Position 4 = Full Middle + Full Neck
Position 5 = Full Neck
7-Way Switching is a wiring modification for three-pickup builds available with push-pull or push-push style volume pot replacement or a mini toggle switch addition. With the 7-Way disengaged, you will have your standard 5-Way Strat selections. 7-Way Switching provides two bonus selections to give you a total of seven different switching position options.
Position 4 (7-Way Engaged) = Full Bridge + Full Middle + Full Neck
Position 5 (7-Way Engaged) = Full Bridge + Full Neck
Other switching styles, such as blend, concentric dual, and switching upgrades are also available along with 2-way or 3-way mini toggle switch controls in on-off, on-on, on-off-on and on-on-on styles for a variety of wiring functionality.
For controls, select the number, style and position of your pots. We will create guard options as you indicate – some variability is to be expected as these are custom works and not mass produced. Not all hole placements will be compatible with all body routing. Control pots are available for volume or tone in a variety of values, styles & performance options.
1V: Master volume control (no tone control)
1T: Master tone control (no volume control)
2V: Two volume controls (no tone control)
2T: Two tone controls (no volume control)
1V1T: One master volume plus one master tone control
3V: Three volume controls (no tone control)
3T: Three tone controls (no volume control)
1V2T: One master volume plus two tone controls
2V1T: Two volume controls plus one master tone control
4 Mini Pot Array: 3 Volumes + 1 Master Tone, 2 Volumes + 2 Tones, or 1 Master Volume + 3 Tones
Be sure you know what pot positions will work with your body routing.
Position #1: Located at Standard Strat Volume Hole
Position #1.5: Slight Offset between Positions 1 and 2
Position #2: Located at Standard Strat Middle Tone
Position #2.5: Slight Offset between Positions 2 & 3
Position #3: Located at Standard Strat Bottom Tone
Position #4: Offset
For prewireds with humbuckers, we offer Coil Splitting wiring in a variety of ways and engagement types. Coil Splitting (aka Coil Tapping) essentially provides options to split humbucker performance to be more like a single coil to increase your playing variation and sound.
Variable/Gradual Coil Split provides coil splitting via pot control (1 per pickup - up to 3) with the effect amount controlled by pot knob rotation with 0 being full split/single coil and 10 being no split/full humbucker.
Series Parallel wiring upgrade changes how your 4-wire humbucker coils work together, maintaining humbucker performance while providing alternative sound and playing options.
Wiring Upgrades are available and offer a variety of performance-enhancing capabilities.
Blend Pots are small, dime-sized tone replacement pots that utilize a standard pot hole / position and can help blend the volume from different pickups, providing additional volume balance control and response to manipulation.
Bridge Tone Upgrades use a tone pot mod to allow your neck tone control to also control the bridge tone.
From master kill switches to individual pickup kill switches in mini toggle or momentary arcade button styles, a variety of options are available to interrupt or cut signal to your amp for individual pickups or all pickups in a build simultaneously.
A Treble Bleed volume pot wiring modifier allows volume roll with significantly less high frequency loss, subtly allowing a more constant tone throughout the volume range. This mod helps address loss of high-end signal and dark muddiness sometimes experienced in the lower range, thus keeping more of your highs while maintaining volume adjustability.
A variety of tone cap styles and values are available to meet your preferences.
Vintage cloth wiring upgrades to cloth covered wiring may allow for vintage authenticity or enhanced signal performance. Other wire style enhancements are also available.
For Phasing options, we offer your choice of four-wire humbucker or two-wire single coil phasing via mini switch or pot control for in-phase and out-of-phase performance.
Onboard Effects are replacement control pots designed to provide a variety of performance effects including boosters, drivers, shapers, controllers, chorus and more. Passive and active styles including BCU (Band Control Unit), Chorus Deluxe, EXP (Expand to Peak), QDD, Onboard Distortion, QTB, Booster, TBX, Fender Control, VTC, Vintage Tube Overdrive, EX3, & VTB are available.
Most builds offer the option to add a jack in a variety of styles including standard mono, stereo, Switchcraft, barrel and Pure Tone styles. Installation may require that you unsolder the connections, feed your jack wiring through your channel and then resolder. Keep notes prior to unsoldering if you want a reference to reconnect the jack properly. Jacks work with standard cables only and jack sockets accept standard ¼” plugs.
Some body cavities or systems may not be compatible with options available. You are solely responsible for your selections. We don’t judge suitability as we don’t know the nature of your build. Typically, we will not confirm with you prior to production - exercise discretion and ask any questions before finalizing your cart so you can be sure of your choices prior to purchase.
We offer the option to add a matching trem cover to your guard so that the pickguard and cover will be cut from the same material sheet for the closest possible color match.
Tech work may vary in accordance with personal style or preference. Any substitutions made will be equivalent or upgraded versions of your selections.
Orders are processed quickly so please be sure of what you’re ordering before purchase. Some custom items are non-returnable and non-refundable. Be sure to contact us with any questions and read all item descriptions carefully when selecting options. Inspect your order upon receipt. If you have any concerns, contact us immediately to report any shipping damage or other issues. Any removal of protective coverings, use, modification, or other alteration negates any return possibility.
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