Use this page to order a pickup assembly with a humbucker in the bridge and 2 single coil sized pickups in the neck and middle positions. Select from the options below and then add the assembly to your basket. You will find information about each option is at the bottom of the page. The initial price of every prewired assembly is $0, but after you add it your basket the actual price will be calculated. You can view the total price by viewing your basket contents.
Prewired Strat Assembly (H-S-S)
Improve the Tone and Clarity of your H-S-S Strat®
Upon installation of one of our custom wired assemblies, you will notice an improvement in both clarity and character, coupled with more reliability. This is because we use only the finest components you can put into an electric guitar. In addition, you have the option of adding a lot of tonal versatility by selecting from one of our 5 different wiring configurations
- CRL Blade Switches
- Top quality CTS pots and Bourns push-pull pots
- All components treated with Caig DeOxit for long trouble free operation
- Choice of high-end tone caps including Alessandro, Vitamin-Q, V-Cap, and Orange Drop
- Vintage style cloth wire
- Installation Instructions included
Expand any of the sections below to read important details about the various options we offer. You may use these links to Expand All and Collapse All to expand or collapse all sections with a single click
Rothstein Guitars is an AUTHORIZED DEALER for all these manufacturers listed on this page which means any pickups you purchase purchase from us carries the full manufacturer's warranty.
DIAL-A-TAP - This is a very cool way to set up a Strat for Humb-Single-Single operation. The first tone control is a master tone which controls all pickups. The lower pot is a Dial-A-Tap which means you can dial in just the right amount of the split humbucker. It will short out the "screw coil" and leave in the "slug coil" (the slug coil is the one furthest from the bridge).
11 COMBO WITH DIAL-A-TAP- Same as above, only this comes with a neck-on Switch to get 11 pickup combinations. Click here for more details about this.
LONESTAR (Auto-Tap) - This wiring features "auto-tapping" of the humbucker as soon as the 5 way switch hits position 2. Position 1: Bridge Pickup (Both Coils); Position 2: Bridge + Middle Pickups (Bridge Pickup Tapped); Position 3: Middle Pickup; Position 4: Neck + Middle Pickups; Position 5: Neck Pickup. A Super Switch (5 way, 4 pole) is used so you can have two tone controls and still tap the humbucker automatically when you switch to the 2 position. The tone controls use different capacitors rather than sharing one. The top tone control (for the two single coils) uses a .047uf capacitor, while the bottom tone control (for the humbucker) uses a .022uf cap (.022uf is the de facto standard for a humbucker).
ROTHSTEIN "SMART" LONESTAR (Auto-Tap) - - Mod to the aforementioned Lonestar wiring so that the humbucker sees 500K pots and the single coils see 250K. Click here for more details about this.
JIMMIE VAUGHN STRAT w/COIL-TAP - Coil tap is engaged by a push-pull on the first tone control. The first tone control affects positions 4 and 5 of the selector switch only (neck and neck/mid) and the second tone control affects positions 1 and 2 only (bridge and bridge/mid). The only position without a tone control is position 3.
SBE Orange Drop capacitors will be used by default at no extra charge, or for an upcharge you may select between Sozo NextGen Blue Molded, and VH Audio's V-CAP TONE series ultra high-end Paper in Oil. The price will vary depending upon which capacitor you select. Read about our capacitor choices here.
VOLUME KIT / TREBLE BLEED
A volume kit (also know as a "treble retention circuit" or "high-pass filter") is used to prevent the loss of highs associated with lowering the volume on your guitar. We use a 1000 pf Mallory 150 Series Metalized Polyester Tubular capacitor in parallel with a 150K resistor.
Installation is pretty easy as you only have 3 solder connections to make. To make it even easier, we can wire your assembly with pin and socket connectors, thus eliminating the need for soldering. We'll send you a new claw and output jack with pin connectors attached to match up to corresponding socket connectors in the prewired harness. The pins and sockets are color-coded, so all you will need to do is match the colors and connect corresponding male and female connectors. In total, your assembly will include 3 pin/socket pairs, 2 pairs for the output jack and 1 additional pair for the trem claw. Note: When you remove your existing trem claw you will need to re-setup your guitar. If you are not familiar with how to properly setup a Strat style guitar with a floating tremolo, then you should NOT opt for the solderless option.
We are the only company offering pre-wired harnesses with very high quality, noise canceling, THICK copper shielding as opposed to the flimsy aluminum foil that others will use. Read more about our shields here.
Since these are custom ordered, you can choose from a wide array of pickguard colors. By default, all are .09 thick with 11 perimeter holes but we can handle any requirements. We can also special order additional colors by request. We get our pickguards from both Warmoth and WD Music Products, both of who produce very high quality pickguards.
* IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT CELLULOID PICKUARDS - Warmoth's and WD Music's Tortoise pickguards are both made of genuine celluloid like you will see on vintage Fender guitars. This is the GENUINE stuff. Please be aware that celluloid is very flammable, so please keep it away from flames. Celluloid is a solvent based plastic and it tends to shrink over the years. Many vintage Fender guitars are plagued with this phenomenon. Very often the material cups slightly, so that when placed on a flat surface its edges may be raised 1/4" to 1/2" above the surface. Even if they're cupped when they come out of the package, they can easily be screwed flat onto the guitar.
This option refers to the color of the knobs and pickup covers, and available with a matching spring plate as well (marked "full kit"). Choose between black, white and parchment. The price for the knob/pickup cover only combination is $7 in any color, and the "full kit" runs $20.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE
The best things in life are worth waiting for. Each assembly is hand wired and tested one at a time. Demand for our services has grown so our lead time is currently between 3 and 4 weeks.
The copper shield will be embossed with our logo as a method of branding and authenticating our wiring.