Stratosphere pickguards..any reason NOT to use one?

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  1. Kris Ford

    Kris Ford Senior Member

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    They look pretty good.

    Have you tried contacting them about the fitment of the guard?

    Hearing the info straight from the horses mouth may be your best bet.

    Let us know how it turns out if you go that route. :cheers:
     
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    I haven't cause I despise the company in general. Everything is way to expensive. Pickguard priced seem like a decent price. It should be legit. They basically take flawed Fenders and part them all out for insane body and neck prices. I prefer Warmoth regardless, even if more expensive.
     
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    Many folks that take up fixing their Strats overlook the importance of the pick guard.

    Unlike Gibsons in general, Strat pickups are mounted to that thin piece of plastic and hang in open space underneath..

    Unlike wood, the plastic will pick up vibrations from the strings and your amp and transfer them to the pickups.

    This is a part of what gives the Strat a unique tone..

    So choosing the right formula, thickness, number of plys, etc. is of VITAL importance if you want the magical Strat Toanze to pour out of your new investment...

    The wrong molecular structure of the polymers or improper ply lamination could result in a dreaded tone turd!

    Choose wisely.....
     
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    Just decided to get the Fender piece, in white: (got the half shield too!:thumb:)
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    And the Pure Vintage Accessory kit...in Eggshell..to have the subtle differences in white:
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    Thought long and hard about it, and I just want to let time do the aging...
    Like this look, but with a black body:
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    So they buy Fender "seconds", break them down and part them out? Didn't know that.
     
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    That's what I know about them. And for redic prices
     
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    Agree on their prices for necks and bodies. Might as well just buy a used custom shop strat and save yourself a lot of time and trouble.
     
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    LOVE IT!:laugh2:

    Glad I could given Chasen his laugh for the day! It's like a badge of honor! :cheers2:
     
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    DarrellV 1 Year old and 8K this month or bust! Premium Member

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    Good choice! :applause:

    And the toanez are guaranteed from the factory for 30 days!:thumb:

    If you're not happy with the sound of it, you can return for a full refund! LOL! :rofl:
     
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    Bud, I heard that the communication is non-existent..

    All and all, good, bad or otherwise..seems best to stick to Genuine Fender parts..not worth it to save a couple bucks IMO.
     
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    I see, I wasn't aware of their bad communication hmmmmmm.........:hmm:

    I would play it safe also and stick with the Fender. I like to customize, but drilling new holes just to replace an existing pick guard isn't my thing.

    If, for instance I wanted a guard with a look that wasn't offered OEM, I'd just send the original guard to someone like http://www.pickguardian.com/ so he can make an exact fit with no hole drilling. I'm pretty OCD like that.

    Post some pics when your all done with it! Love to take a look! :thumb:
     
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    Will do! As for parts, check this place out if you haven't: http://darrenriley.com/product-category/fender-parts/
     
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    That was my experience. Last year I purchased a a set of the German made Schaller locking tuners ($70) from them for one of my Strat's. One slips. Didn't even ask for a free replacement, emailed them to see if I could purchase just one as opposed to buying a whole set, or if they knew where I could. Never got a response.

    Once they had money it's like they fell off the face of the planet.

    That was my first and last purchase from them, but they will get a lot of bad advertisement from me.

    FVCK EM
     
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    I buy from them all the time, just bought 3 allparts necks from him in the last month, I have also gotten their pickguard before. I don't like the color of the mint green but the aged white is nice. I buy through the bay and they send any communication but I can see when my parts are shipped and they always arrive in South Carolina within 3-4 days. Shipping is a little high but they deliver on time.
     
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    FYI no drilling needed for pickguard. Just put in a screw and turn.
     
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    I wound up getting the Fender 57RI guard, and it is perfect.
     
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