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Lace Sensor Gold Prewired Pickguard 

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The Lace Sensor Gold pickup in this prewired pickguard is designed to provide world class tone. Lace has built these world famous patented pickups si...Click To Read More About This Product

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Less noise, more harmonics, more sustain.

The Lace Sensor Gold pickup in this prewired pickguard is designed to provide world class tone. Lace has built these world famous patented pickups since 1985. Used exclusively by Fender until 1996, Sensor Gold pickups have the same specifications with the same great tone.

Crisp top end and bell-like tone, the Lace Sensor Gold pickup uses the latest technology to provide excellent tone for today's players.

The Lace Sensor Gold has a unique radiant field barrier system that surrounds both the coil and magnets, reducing annoying 60-cycle hum. The patented Lace Micro Combs replace traditional bobbins, yielding a wider tonal range and better string balance than traditional electric guitar pickups.

Unlike ordinary pickups, the Lace Sensor Gold generates 36 separate magnetic "sensing" fields that, in the areas where they contact the string, "read" the strings' vibration. (Regular pickups only generate anywhere from 4 to 12 fields).

The Lace Sensor Gold's Radiant Field Barriers are metal slides that frame the inner core of the Sensors and perform two functions. The first is to shield the Sensor pickup from outside noise and 60-cycle hum. The second is to produce broader, yet more concentrated, umbrellas of sensing field than standard magnetic pickups.

Less Noise, More Harmonics
As compared to standard guitar pickups, the Lace Sensor Gold reads a greater physical area of the string, while picking up less outside interference. This makes the signal-to-noise ratio nothing short of phenomenal for a single coil system. Also, a wider range of harmonic content is read by the Sensor, delivering a more complex tonal response.

Increased Sustain, Truer Pitch
Since it operates so efficiently, Lace Sensors can use much lower energy magnets than ordinary pickups, and this in turn brings about a whole new realm of properties. In regular guitar pickups, the magnetic fields are so strong they physically dampen, or drag on, the strings' vibration, Reducing sustain and actually changing the pitch. But in the Lace Sensor Gold, string dampening is virtually nonexistent. This means your sustain is increased dramatically while the string holds its true pitch for the duration of the note.

Lace includes a warranty card and other useful information regarding Lace Music Products.


SPECIFICATIONS

Sensor Gold Prewired Pickguard

  • Position: neck, mid, bridge
    Resistance: 5.8k
    Peak Frequency: 3600
    Inductance: 2.4 henries
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LaceSensor Gold Prewired Pickguard
 
4.4

(based on 17 reviews)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (8)
  • Good quality (7)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Functional (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (5)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Back-up (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

They sound fantastic!

I purchased this loaded pickguard because I wanted a set of lace sensor gold pups and I wanted a white pickguard so instead of installing them myself this was just a one shot deal!...Read complete review

I purchased this loaded pickguard because I wanted a set of lace sensor gold pups and I wanted a white pickguard so instead of installing them myself this was just a one shot deal! I never gave much thought to trying lace sensors, yet I've tried just about every custom boutique single coil Strat set out there as well as many many pickups from Duncan, dimarzio, etc. The price was really fair so I gave them a shot in my fender American vintage reissue 70s ash Strat. They sound fantastic! Great classic Strat tone, nearly noise free and great when driven! All in all these will most likely stay in this guitar for a very long time. I'm actually thinking about trying some of the other lace offerings. Definitely give these a try!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Little Disappointed

Overall: With all that said i do think you would be better off to just buy the pickups you want and ether learn to do it yourself or just pay somebody to do it...Read complete review

Overall: With all that said i do think you would be better off to just buy the pickups you want and ether learn to do it yourself or just pay somebody to do it and know that everything else along with your new pickups are top notch. This in no way changes my view of Lace Sensor pickups though. I do love them and are awesome in the right situations. Aside from the hum, these golds sounded fantastic and i am glad i got this just for the pickups. Nice change from the Blue Silver Red that had been in the guitar. Still hated having to polish them but i do like the way they sound. I had read that they sounded "Happy" and that's a good description. I'll get the hum fixed but i feel like i shouldn't have to. Just get the Golds.
The Features: Hard to go wrong with a prewired one straight from the factory. Nice and convenient but should have some kind of paperwork or something with it that gives a clue as to what you are supposed to do once you have it in hand. I've wired plenty myself but just wanted to try this as i said for the convenience. A complete novice would still have to look online after purchase. Not much to ask for in my opinion. Piece of paper.
The Quality: This is where it gets disappointing. For one thing, the edges of the pickups are not "finished" like the older Sensors that i have or even the couple of ones i bought just a few years ago. In fact the whole pickup is made different, The edges were rough and i felt the need to scrape that away. This pickguard was a "facelift" for a 20+ year old Strat so looks were a little important to me. Not everything but i fixed it. I finished wiring it up in the strat. Body, Output Jack and Trem Grounds then the Positive to the Output Jack. Very Simple. Plugged it in and there's a slight hum. Not going to say that i can't make a mistake but i felt like i got good solder joints so who knows. That one is up for grabs but i feel like maybe the components other than the pickups are suspect.
Value: As far as that i don't think it is terrible but not including instructions, leaving a portion of it up to the customer to finish the product leaves everything open to interpretation when something isn't right. This pickguard should be ready to go other than soldering the output jack and screwing the ground in to the body. To me that is Prewired. But you do get 3 Golds and a nice new pickguard if all else fails.

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5.0

Great replacement or upgraded!

By Jersey Dan

from Freehold NJ

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Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Lace Sensor Gold Prewired Pickguard:

      Purchased this for a strat build and sounds great! Awesome vale, recommended...

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Sweet sounding pickups

      By Marc

      from Reston, VA

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      Pros

      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Lace Sensor Gold Prewired Pickguard:

        Screw holes on the pickguard do not line up with the American strat. I had to force them in at angles and in one case had to drill a new hole. The selector switch towers a hole 1/4 inch above a standard fender switch, which can cause my hand to hit it when I'm playing. Also it didn't come with any extra wire to hook it up our ground it. Now that I've got my complaints out of the way, THESE PICKUPS SOUND AMAZING. They are dead quiet and wired very neatly. Also the price was right so my complaints are small. I would buy this again just for the pickups alone.

         
        5.0

        GREAT SOUND

        By Duke

        from Andover NJ

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        Pros

        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts

          Comments about Lace Sensor Gold Prewired Pickguard:

          Great sound and electronics are done great. I screw hole off.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great tone- lousy pickguard

          By Odie251

          from Texas

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          Pros

          • Functional
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Lace Sensor Gold Prewired Pickguard:

            As other have noted the holes on the pickguard didn't line up on my guitar. Rather than drill holes I dropped the assembly out of the lace pickguard and put them in the pickguard already on my strat. It actually matched my guitar better using my original pickguard anyway. I used the recommended pup heights that came with the setup. As far as tone goes I am completely satisfied with sounds I get. They are dead quiet. I ordered these looking for the LACE tone and I was not disappointed.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            They sound fantastic!

            By Roy

            from Baltimore Maryland

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            Comments about Lace Sensor Gold Prewired Pickguard:

            I purchased this loaded pickguard because I wanted a set of lace sensor gold pups and I wanted a white pickguard so instead of installing them myself this was just a one shot deal! I never gave much thought to trying lace sensors, yet I've tried just about every custom boutique single coil Strat set out there as well as many many pickups from Duncan, dimarzio, etc. The price was really fair so I gave them a shot in my fender American vintage reissue 70s ash Strat. They sound fantastic! Great classic Strat tone, nearly noise free and great when driven! All in all these will most likely stay in this guitar for a very long time. I'm actually thinking about trying some of the other lace offerings. Definitely give these a try!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            EASY INSTALL SOUNDS KILLER GREAT UPGRADE

            By NICKLEFRET

            from NH

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Lace Sensor Gold Prewired Pickguard:

              EASY INSTALL,,KILLER SOUNDING PREWIRED PICKGUARD THIS WAS THE LAST UPGRADE TO MY SQUIRE,,,NEW NUT,,,NEW LOCKING TUNERS,,NEW TREM BLOCK AND SADDLES,,,NEW PUPS,,LACE,,,ALL TOTALED INCLUDING COST OF USED SQUIRE,,UNDER 4 BILLS,,PLAYS AND SOUNDS LIKE 1500 GUITAR,,IF YOU CAN FIND A MEX STRAT OR SQUIRE STRAT,,AND DO THESE UPGRADES,,YOU WILL BE A VERY HAPPY CAMPER,,,MAYBE HAVE A FEW $$ LEFT FOR TUBE AMP,,CARRY ON AXE SLINGERS !!!!

              (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Replacement OK

              By JRandell5296

              from Dayton, NV

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Not Functional
              • Poor Quality

              Best Uses

                Comments about Lace Sensor Gold Prewired Pickguard:

                First ordered did not work. ... replacement seems OK, though mounting holes did not work for either. OK for me, as I did not like the plain white color anyhow...

                (5 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                ..finish could be better..

                By the BillyGoat

                from @ Seattle Center

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                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Need To Drill Holes
                  • Poor Line-up

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Lace Sensor Gold Prewired Pickguard:

                    ..this pick guard is sold as a 'drop-in' to any Fender Strat.. it is not. Mine had to have 9-10 new holes drilled to set it into place.. not really happy about that. I needed to have some neck work done so I just took the whole 'mess' down to my shop and had them do it all.. can't respond to the fidelity now.. I haven't played it.. or heard it.. even seen it set up as yet... I'm hoping the sound will be better than the 'fit' I had after receiving it.. disappointed.
                    I will re-post after I receive it back from the shop. Yea, I could have done the set-up myself if not for the fret work. However, needing to re-drill holes.. and fill the old ones.. is lame come-on Lace! this is an expensive set-up! get with it!

                    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Lace gold upgrade

                    By commonmanband

                    from TN

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Upgrade
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality
                    • Improves Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Lace Sensor Gold Prewired Pickguard:

                      This was my 1st experience with Lace p/u's. I am very impressed with the sound and the workmanship of the pickguard. I see reviews where people were distressed over the lack of documentation. The website has everything you need, besides that, the output is wired to the center tap on the vol pot just like every other guitar out there. No big deal, really

                      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      I like them

                      By Anotherbill

                      from Ohio

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Functional
                      • Good Quality
                      • Improves Sound

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Lace Sensor Gold Prewired Pickguard:

                          This arrived without instructions as others have mentioned, but they are on the LACE website. 2 wires plus a couple grounds. I installed mine with AMP quick click connectors on the jack,and on both my old pickguard, and the new LACE setup. If I would ever want to throw my original setup back in, it will be as easy as changing strings and 12 screws. The screwholes did not quite match up. I have an American Standard, so I was expecting everything to match. My hum is noticably better, and the output is stronger. It still has that distinctive Strat tone. I think I will like these, and I doubt if I will ever want to put my originals back in.

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