Fender Stratocaster Pickguard Assembly and Wiring

I recently completed assembly and wiring of a replacement pickguard for my 2012 Fender American Standard Stratocaster pending arrival of an EMG DG20 loaded pickguard in early February when new stock arrives. I converted it in 2018 to Brian May specification and you can read about that project here:

I recorded some parts of the process and compiled the embedded video below which has sections speeded up either 4x or 8x. It is intended for curiosity value only and not instructional purposes because there are many detailed videos with commentary on Youtube to show you the various methods of wiring a Strat pickguard. The components I used are as follows:

  • genuine Fender 11 hole modern style White Moto pickguard for three single coil pickups
  • Oak Grigsby 5-way blade switch
  • Three Fender supplied CTS 250 kOhm log/audio taper potentiometers measuring 202, 220 and 259 kOhm
  • Vintage specification single coil pickups hand made by Ade Turner of Adeson Fenton Weill in Burbage, Wiltshire, U.K. DC resistances 6.29, 6.30 and 6.31 kOhm, inductances 2.20, 2.34 and 2.26 H
  • 22 nF tone capacitor supplied with the pots instead of the standard 47 nF variant.