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Unread 12-22-2013, 02:08 PM   #1
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$300 for a pre-wired pickguard worth it?

In my continual pursuit of excellent Strat tone, I have been looking at buying an Am Deluxe pre-wired pickguard to take care of my needs. I really don't know if I can justify spending this much on electronic hardware for my guitar, though. Is it worth it?

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In my continual pursuit of excellent Strat tone, I have been looking at buying an Am Deluxe pre-wired pickguard to take care of my needs. I really don't know if I can justify spending this much on electronic hardware for my guitar, though. Is it worth it?
I feel like for $300 you could get better from a non-Fender brand.
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Unread 12-22-2013, 05:03 PM   #3
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How much do the separate parts cost? An experienced tech should be able to wire a PG in less than 15 minutes; I did my own in less than an hour. How much are you willing to spend for 15 minutes of labor?
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Unread 12-22-2013, 09:23 PM   #4
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My favorite start pickups (Lollar vintage blondes) are $90 a pop. Add those three plus the actual pickguard and pots/wiring/etc, it doesn't sound waaay too off.
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My favorite start pickups (Lollar vintage blondes) are $90 a pop. Add those three plus the actual pickguard and pots/wiring/etc, it doesn't sound waaay too off.
and I can see someone paying that for Lollars. Just not for a Fender Am Dlx guard.


of course, perhaps a more important question at this junction is, will a Fender Am Dlx guard actually fit on a Deluxe Player's Strat?
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Unread 12-23-2013, 01:25 AM   #6
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I wouldn't do it. I'm not really a fan of the pickups or wiring arrangement of the AmDlx strats, but even if I was, I could get all the parts to put that together myself for a fraction of $300. I bet you could get the separate components and put it together for $100-$150.

If you're gonna spend $300 on that, make sure it was professionally removed from the previous guitar, all the wiring is solid and in tact, the leads are long enough, and make sure you really like those pickups.
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and I can see someone paying that for Lollars. Just not for a Fender Am Dlx guard.
Oh whoops! Didn't notice that he had actually stated what pickups they were. Yeah.... $300 is a bit silly.
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and I can see someone paying that for Lollars. Just not for a Fender Am Dlx guard.


of course, perhaps a more important question at this junction is, will a Fender Am Dlx guard actually fit on a Deluxe Player's Strat?
this was my thought was well, since MIMs use metric and what-have-you.
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It should fit fine. Fender is pretty standard in their sizes, unlike others (Gibson/Epiphone). The only Fender's I've come across with parts that aren't compatible are the Chinese made Squier and Modern Player.
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It should fit fine. Fender is pretty standard in their sizes, unlike others (Gibson/Epiphone). The only Fender's I've come across with parts that aren't compatible are the Chinese made Squier and Modern Player.
Gotcha. I thought MIM and MIA weren't compatible in the past, but I haven't looked into doing a straight guard switch in years.
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Guitar Fetish is your friend.

http://www.guitarfetish.com/Pre-Wire...ards_c_25.html

After a certain price point, you're paying for a name. At Guitar Fetish, you're looking at $35 to $50 for the same pre-wired pickguard.

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It all depends on what you're getting, why you want it, and if you can afford it.

If it's what you want, the price doesn't sound too far off, you could easily spend more or less with varying results.
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When you start doing your own building, and especially when you get into equipment fabrication like winding pickups and so on, or have access to that, you start viewing things like OEM products, and what's actually in a name far differently. I would think it interesting to put the two sets of pickups to a blind test and see if there is any discernible benefit or superior sound in one set over the other.

What do you think? Can the $300 Am Dlx pickup set handle the Pepsi Challenge?

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Unread 12-30-2013, 02:03 AM   #14
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So would it be worth it to either get a set of DiMarzio Areas or buy one of the GFS hand-wired pickguards with their pickups in it?
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