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Fishman Fluence loaded pickguard, need help on color

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Etacarinae, Oct 12, 2017 at 10:42 PM.

Which pickguard / pickup color combination for my transparent red strat?

  1. Black guard, white pickups

    1 vote(s)
    16.7%
  2. Black guard, black pickups

    2 vote(s)
    33.3%
  3. White guard, white pickups

    1 vote(s)
    16.7%
  4. Mint guard, black pickups

    1 vote(s)
    16.7%
  5. Mint guard, white pickups

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. I see a red strat and I want a pearloid pickguard. Make it so.

    1 vote(s)
    16.7%
  7. None of the above, something else, which I will detail below

    2 vote(s)
    33.3%
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  1. Etacarinae

    Etacarinae Strat-Talker

    Age:
    35
    145
    May 21, 2017
    United states
    OK, so here is my 2000 American Deluxe strat. She's got kind of a non-traditionally beautiful pick guard / pickup / color combo. I suspect there are other options I might like more, but I kind of dig this.

    Now, I currently have the original vintage noiseless pickups in it. I actually like the sound of them, but I am a sucker for new tech, and I have preferred the sound of the Fishmans from listening to recordings (have not heard them live). I am thinking about picking up a loaded pick guard because the cost is essentially the same as buying the pickups alone, and it's nice to be able to just swap guards. This limits my color options somewhat. I have listed my available options in the poll. I personally am leaning towards a black guard, white pickups - but part of me is saying that a red tortoise guard with white pickups would be worth it, even if it means I cannot go the pre-wired route.

    Strat talk being an oasis of good taste, I look to my fellow forumites for guidance. If the best option is not here, please, pitch it to me! If I am crazy to do the pickup swap, I'll hear that too.

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  2. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 10, 2014
    Initech, Inc.
    I generally don't like black pearl, but I'm thinking leave it.
     
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  3. Etacarinae

    Etacarinae Strat-Talker

    Age:
    35
    145
    May 21, 2017
    United states
    I was afraid someone might say that. That means more soldering for me. I was hoping someone might have some off the wall suggestions like gold or something. I kind of wish the Fluence has a cream / off-white option.
     

  4. vid1900

    vid1900 Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 25, 2016
    USA
    You can usually swap pickguards without soldering. (swapping only the plastic plate)

    Normally on a preloaded pickguard, the only soldering is the Output Jack and the Ground Wire to the spring claw (and some preloaded pickguards come with screw terminals for those 3 wires).
     
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  5. RPKennedy

    RPKennedy Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

    Age:
    60
    Apr 27, 2013
    Oconomowoc, WI
    I'm a sucker for mint green pick guards, but not with WHITE covers and knobs. :eek:
    Either parchment, aged white or cream, like what you have pictured above.
     

  6. Etacarinae

    Etacarinae Strat-Talker

    Age:
    35
    145
    May 21, 2017
    United states
    Me too - but unfortunately the main reason behind the swap is a pickup change - and the Fishman Fluence are currently only offered in white or black. I might have just picked mint and called it a day, but I agree that it does not look great with white. Same with parchment I think.

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    Found an example of white with a mint guard, and it's kind of weird.

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  7. RPKennedy

    RPKennedy Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

    Age:
    60
    Apr 27, 2013
    Oconomowoc, WI
    Ah. I see. Many ways to "darken" white covers & knobs: A soak in coffee or tea etc.
     
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  8. Dick Blackmore

    Dick Blackmore Strat-Talker

    Age:
    48
    427
    Jan 10, 2017
    San Diego
    Mint green is always the answer.
     
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  9. RPKennedy

    RPKennedy Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

    Age:
    60
    Apr 27, 2013
    Oconomowoc, WI
    That's not too bad, as the covers are not screaming pure white.
     
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