Loaded pickguard vs building your own on a budget.

Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by squierTony, Nov 9, 2019.

  1. squierTony

    squierTony Dr. Squier

    Jul 4, 2012
    MAUD Oklahoma
    Without spending too much money and still waiting to sound good what would your best option be? There are lots of loaded pickguards for under 40 bucks but do they sound good? There are also cheap alnico v single coil pickups for dirt cheap but by the time you buy all the parts your way above the 40 dollars that a loaded pickguard would be.
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  2. corn

    corn Squier-holic

    Feb 27, 2013
    San Diego
    Yes you are correct so, I think you should be the guinea pig and buy a cheap loaded guard and let us know if it’s worth it ,,, :)
  3. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Squier-holic

    Nov 29, 2017
    Newnan ,Ga.
    Squier Strat Standard loaded guard is a great starting point and can sometimes be found under the $40 shipped.
  4. Eddie

    Eddie Squier-Axpert

    Nov 5, 2016
    New York
    I hit up Mike Riley at RRG. He custom wires loaded pickguards for me for less than what it could cost for me to buy the parts alone. He's my hero and I loves him. :)

    Even his basic $65 units sound incredible. Here's Vince Esquire using one of Mike's basic RRG's in his Strat.

  5. Oldguitarguy

    Oldguitarguy Squier-holic

    Mar 2, 2019
    I second that - whiskyjim*rocknrguitars on eBay sells some great loaded pickguards. Great work.
  6. The young guy is great Eddie … but put a curve on the ball cap visor buddy.:D
    Cheers, Barrie.
  7. Eddie

    Eddie Squier-Axpert

    Nov 5, 2016
    New York
    He reminds me of a cross between Adam Sandler and Tony Romo.
  8. fadetoz

    fadetoz Squier-holic

    Jun 29, 2011
    Before I read your post I was just looking at the bill on that hat thinking please bend that thing. What a great player though.
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  9. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Dr. Squier

    Jul 14, 2017
    Maryland, USA
    It really depends on the situation. If you are just putting together a partscaster, and not too worried about the quality, then the $40 loaded guard is the way to go. If you are trying to upgrade a guitar, then the $40 guard is not an upgrade at all. I personally enjoy building pickguards. I can make them exactly how I want them with whatever switching seems cool at the time. And it’s not that expensive. I just checked on eBay for everything you need to build a guard and the total was about $75. Here’s the list:

    $25 G.M. 62’z pickups
    $27 TAOT wiring kit
    $15 Fleor pickguard
    $6 Pickup covers and knobs

    those prices include shipping.

    Here is a guard I just finished up last night.



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  10. Guitfiddlist

    Guitfiddlist Squier-Meister

    Aug 16, 2019
    I picked up a guitar madness PG loaded for the Harmony build I just did. I think it was just under $50 delivered. It has alnico 5 magnets, vintage spec, full size 250k pots and sounds as good as my Strat loaded with 57/62’s. 2BF7BA7E-E75A-4772-BE62-5321E2DDC2D6.jpeg
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  11. Bob the builder

    Bob the builder Squier-Meister

    Feb 25, 2017
    Rhode Island USA
    You can't compare the two unless you are both using EXACTLY the same pups,switches,pots...
    Then it's a matter of who can find them cheaper & what's YOUR time worth.
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  12. squierTony

    squierTony Dr. Squier

    Jul 4, 2012
    MAUD Oklahoma
    I built my own for les than 50.. 20191116_190539.jpg 20191116_222511.jpg
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  13. kjmac

    kjmac Squier-holic

    Aug 14, 2017
    Omaha, NE
    The loaded pick guard I bought for this rebuild was purchased from 920D. It has top quality components, a set of Fender deluxe drive pickups and a tiny toggle switch that enables me to switch on the neck pickup in positions 4 and 5 so I can ultimately play with all three pickups engaged. The quality is outstanding and so is the sound. I think I paid $119.00 on sale for it and I think it's worth it to buy a guard that includes some reasonably good quality pickups.

    Partscaster 1.jpg
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