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EMG Pickups Unveils Two New Passive Prewired Stratocaster Pickguards

EMG Pickups has announced the ST-54 and ST-65 passive prewired Stratocaster pickguards. Both feature a three-ply, 11-hole pickguard with a five-position switch, master volume and tone controls on the neck and middle positions and EMG’s solderless technology. The pickguards are available in both vintage and classic styles and are drop-in ready for easy install.

The EMG ST-65 is loaded with pickups with Alnico 5 magnets for a bright and clear Strat tone, while the ST-54 boasts pickups with Alnico 2 magnets for a warmer and fatter alternative to that classic sound.

The Alnico 2 and Alnico 5 pickups both feature a two-pin connector for easy installation.

The ST-54 and ST-65 passive prewired Stratocaster pickguards are available for pre-order, with a list price of $259.00 each, at

Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.