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ID: 042 — Stratocaster HH White Upgrade

Our AweSome products will exceed your desire for Quality, Usefulness and Value.

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T4 Upgrade Wiring

T4Plus VT-3 Upgrade Wiring

Product Description

This 3-ply White Pearloid American HH Stratocaster guitar upgrade gives you 68 or 102 pickup tones.

Now you can Soup Up your Stratocaster to get more pickup tone power and also increase your creativity and versatility with dozens of additional fresh new pickup tones.

Your stock Stratocaster is designed to give you a modest and inadequate 5 pickup tones. Don't you think it's worth a few dollars more to get a Grand Canyon Wide range of Blues, Jazz, Metal, Surf, Country — plus the dozens of new and different pickup tones your stock guitar simply cannot produce?

This EZ-Install high performance upgrade gives you the ultimate in performance at the lowest cost.

Customer Comments:
"After installing this upgrade in my guitar, I stayed up all night playing it." — Alvin Sears

"I am SO pleased with the upgrade on my Stratocaster. The standard 5-way blade switch is an 8-pack of Crayolas when compared to your upgrade which is the 98-pack with built in sharpener. I now have colors I didn't even know I wanted. Do I need EACH of the additional tones? No, of course not; but there are many new tones which, now that I have heard them, I cannot live without. The next time I buy a guitar, your products will be that guitar's first upgrade!" — Branden Garner

Special Update: This upgrade now includes Treble Bleed circuitry plus high quality mylar tone control capacitors (with a superior linear frequency response) for unequaled versatility. This upgrade gives you "American Pro Stratocaster" performance from your stock guitar.

Instruments That Can Be Upgraded

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Want MORE Versatility?

This upgrade let you do the following things:   More... >

(Things you CANNOT do on your standard Stratocaster!)

This EZ-Install AweSome upgrade for your Stratocaster gives you complete and total control over your pickups.   And because you can independently control each pickup, you can turn each one on in normal-phase or reverse-phase, and you can also put them in parallel-connection or series-connection with one or more pickups. The bottom line is that you can get more pickup tones from your AweSome upgraded Stratocaster that currently gives you only a few pickup tones.

This unique upgrade also gives you the Signature Sounds of ALL guitar gods of every headliner group since the 1940s.

When used In The Studio, your AweSome upgraded Stratocaster will have an incredible spectrum of more unique pickup tones that are impossible to produce with a "stock" instrument.

When used On Stage, your upgraded Stratocaster will give you incredible Signature Sounds that nobody else can easily duplicate. And over time, you can even "morph" your Signature Sounds to keep your fans interested in what you offer.

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Upgrade Options

Which option do you want?

To Install This Upgrade

  1. For no pickups option: You connect your pickup wires to the green solderless terminal strip (see picture)
  2. Connect your output jack wires to the marked wires of our Volume-Tone Control.
    (don't forget to connect the bridge ground wire to the output jack ground wire)
  3. Mount the upgrade and start exploring all the pickup tones now available to you.

Using This Upgrade

This upgrade uses our T4-Switch.   More... >

How It Works

There are two "groups" of switches:
    (SW1, S5B, SW2)         -and-         (SW3, S5N, SW4)
(control bridge coils)                         (control middle and neck coils)

Here is how the switches are used:

Switches SW1, SW2, SW3 and SW4 are ON-OFF-ON switches used to turn an individual pickup coil Off and On. The middle position of each switch is Off. The down position turns the pickup On (in normal-phase) and the Up position turns the pickup On (in reverse-phase).

When you use these four switches (with S5B and S5N in the Down position), you get 29 different pickup tones from the combinations of four pickup coils being Off or On (either in normal-phase or in reverse-phase). It is also due to the combination of the pickup coils being in a Parallel circuit.

Switches S5B and S5N are ON-ON (a.k.a. ON-NONE-ON) switches that are used to put select pickup coils into a Series circuit when in the Up position. When Down, the select pickup coils are in a Parallel circuit.

Here are two things you must remember when putting pickup coils into a Series circuit:

First, putting two pickup coils in a Series circuit creates a "Compound" (i.e., Humbucker) pickup that gives you about 8 to 15 percent More output (think Heavy Metal/Jazz tone).

Second, because the pickup coils are in a Series circuit, BOTH pickup coils that are in Series MUST be On (either in normal-phase or reverse-phase). Any non-Series circuit pickup can be either Off or On (either in normal-phase or reverse-phase).

What Each Switch Controls

Switch SW1: Turns on (south bridge) pickup coil #1 (down is normal-phase, up is reverse-phase, center is Off.)
Switch S5B: Puts both (bridge) pickup coils #1 and #2 into a Series circuit when Up. Both pickup coils MUST be On.
Switch SW2: Turns on (north bridge) pickup coil #2 (down is normal-phase, up is reverse-phase, center is Off.)

Switch SW3: Turns on (south neck) pickup coil #3 (down is normal-phase, up is reverse-phase, center is Off.)
Switch S5N: Puts both (neck) pickup coils #3 and #4 into a Series circuit when Up. Both pickup coils MUST be On.
Switch SW4: Turns on (north neck) pickup coil #4 (down is normal-phase, up is reverse-phase, center is Off.)

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You can hear the difference

This page has MP3 audio clips to let you hear the result our T4-Switch upgrade offers you.

What You Get

Select one of these options.

Special Notes:

  1. If your instrument contains any of the following items, our product does not include them; personality cards, greasebucket circuit, passing lane switch, S1 Switch, push-push mini switch, TBX or mid boost circuit or any special controls beyond the standard 3-way or 5-way switch.
  2. Some models (e.g., Squier, etc.) may require additional mounting holes be drilled.
  3. For instruments that have 8-hole pickguard mounting screws, we only have 11-hole pickguard mounting screws. Drilling a few extra holes is needed to mount our upgrade product. This is a small tradeoff to get such an incredible range of pickup tones after your upgrade.
  4. Instruments with Floyd Rose or other non-standard tremolo bridge require pickguard material removal for proper fit.
  5. Elite models with double action truss adjustment wheel at end of neck require pickguard material removal for proper fit.
  6. Covered humbuckers may require additional pickguard material removal for proper fit and may require additional height adjustment holes be drilled.
  7. Coil tapped pickups must be connected as standard 2-wire pickups.
  8. Custom upgrade does not include Treble Bleed
    PRO upgrade includes our Professional Treble Bleed

Tools You Need

You need the following tools (not supplied with purchase).

30-Day Return Policy

We accepts all returns. You get a 30-Day Return Guarantee on all ALL your upgrade products. You can use your Upgrade for 30 days. If you don't agree this is the greatest product ever, return it for a refund — no questions asked. Buyer receives full refund in their original payment method (see our website FAQ for warranty details.)

Buy This Upgrade

Because you get a 30-day Return guarantee, you can buy this upgrade with confidence. You have nothing to lose except your lack of creativity.

(ID: 042ap) Stratocaster HH White Pearloid PRO Bare Upgrade,
T4-Switch, VT-2 Volume-Tone control, gives you 68 pickup tones.
(ID: 042bp) Stratocaster HH White Pearloid PRO Loaded Upgrade,
T4-Switch, VT-2 Volume-Tone control, gives you 68 pickup tones.

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Shipping Details

Shipping: All products are shipped via United States Postal Service. Allow 7-10 days for delivery.
Details: Shipping generally occurs within three business days of payment.
Saturday, Sunday and postal holidays are not business days.

Other Information

Ask questions before purchasing. Purchaser assumes all risk of liability with respect to the installation and use of these products.

This switching system cannot be used with active (battery-powered) pickups or pizeo pickups.