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Active Pickup Guitar

Haywire Custom Shop X- Light-Blonde Active Pickup Guitar + Bound Custom Ebony Neck + Block Inlay + New EMG SA Pickups + 7 Sound Switching for more sound options and any active pickup guitar combination.


image Haywire Custom Guitars Custom Shop Active Pickup Guitar
Haywire Custom Guitars Custom Shop Active Pickup Guitar

Active!  Custom Shop X-Light Butterscotch Blonde guitar with Bound Custom Ebony Amber tinted Neck and Block Inlays + NEW Active EMG SA Set of pickups connected to a 7 Sound Switch for any conceivable 3 pickup combination, in addition to an actual Working Bridge Tone Control. Purple Pearl Guard. This guitar also includes: a full fret level, full fret crowning and polish, a setup with dialed in intonation and action setup. The 9V battery compartment conveniently and invisibly located below tremolo plate in back.

This active pickup guitar is: Setup for 9-, 10- or 11-gauge strings. (With 10’s installed on it now).

If you love a specific artist’s tone and you know that they have a signature model, and it’s the right guitar for you we can build it.
We can create anything in our South Carolina Custom Shop,
 built by a small team of dedicated luthiers and techs. Sometimes they take the shape of artist signature models, Relic’d vintage-style and sometimes just limited-edition guitars. For the most part they are one of a kind-each slightly different. Body routed for HSH configuration, which is able to accept universal pickup settings and various pick guard styles with different cutouts. The body underneath the pick guard is the part of the guitar that is routed. this body is routed for HSH configuration, and able to accept universal pickup choices and various pick guard styles with different cutouts. For example, if you want a S-S-H, or H-S-S, S-S-S, H-H and S-H configurations. The body rout already cut, will accommodate all of these configs. All that is necessary is to decide which pickup configuration, then add the pickups to a guard to accommodate the pickup selection YOU need. Then drop back into your guitar with 3 perfectly fitting pickup slots.

This guitar oozes vintage vibe and tone, and the parts and electronics are completely upgraded from top to bottom.
We designed this player-friendly guitar for the ultimate combination of tone and feel.
Our take on the classic look, but all of the playability you’ll love in this superb updated instrument.

Our custom shop builds for Pro level players all over the world. We love Reverb, but is not our main sales outlet.
We have to maintain a presence just as our competitors do so as not to become invisible. It’s how business is done in the cyber world now. We use no paid advertising specifically to keep costs down for our customers (guitar players)-You.

This gently used active pickup guitar is a most affordable U.S.-built model.
The durability, craftsmanship, consistency and light weight have made our guitars perfect for Pro Players.
Haywire Custom Shop has partnered with many musicians over the years known for playing our custom guitars with design models that feature all of that artist’s favorite custom specs. You can try them too! In between custom builds we’ll build guitars, necks and designs we’d like for ourselves with any extra parts in the shop…. And this is guitar is a result.
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Butterscotch Blonde Color+22 fret Maple +Amber 12″ Radius Neck Bound includes Block Inlays, Ebony Board design with Light-5.8 lb. total weight.

Description: Haywire Custom active pickup guitar: Color is Butterscotch with Purple Pearl Guard and aged pickup covers.

Fender and Warmoth Substitute Necks will fit perfectly.

“Building satisfied players one Haywire Custom guitar at a time!”

Great Tone and Sustain with lots of resonance.

The New set of Active EMG-SA Pickups has very easy 9-volt battery access under tremolo plate in the back of guitar Modified with-all new hardware, Neck is fully Bound.

New Custom 22 fret Bound Maple Neck and Noiseless EMG SA Pickups + more

A working Tone Control on Bridge Pickup and a 7 Sound Switch Added Between the two Tones pots to obtain any conceivable 3 pickup combination you want and need as a player.

 New tuners, strings and full setup just completed.

7 Way Switching included and installed (see description below).
And Active EMG pickups are included:

Turning the volume control applies varying amounts of a specially tuned high frequency filter to the selected pickups. Now each pickup has the ability to produce a stronger, fuller tone and 50% less noise. They correct the problem of high frequency losses, provides auto-adjustment of tone at reduced volumes and improves audio taper between 1 and 10.

We hear you.


In MOST Fender Stratocaster guitars the tone control doesn’t work for the bridge-only pickup on a Stratocaster.

It works on a few, approximately 1% of Stratocaster guitars whether made by Fender or by Squier, or Affinity, Fender Japan, Fender Taiwan, Fender Mexico, American (circa 1991) or Fender China and more have no tone control on the bridge pickup. The tone controls do work for the other four switch positions.


It was just a design that was only meant to please the inventor, Mr. Leo Fender.

Leo wanted a pickup position that sounded similar to a steel guitar. So now in Fender guitars the bridge pickup selection has no tone control wired to it whatsoever and no one at Fender Corp. since then has seemed to notice. They have failed to hear what guitarists for years have asked. Can we simply have a tone control on our bridge pickup? YES.
Recessed Heel Crest added for:

  • Faster playing neck
  • Improved access and hand comfort
  • Smoother note bending
  • Easier play with less stress on fingering hand
  • Cleaner, sharper notes
  • Improved, responsive hand-tapping
  • Effortless sweep arpeggios
  • Excellent for trills and hammer-ons
  • High-Speed pull-offs

New from the Haywire Custom Guitars-Custom Shop

USA-Custom Shop 7 Sound Stratocaster Switch Translation:

The quick Run-Down:
Here’s what you’ll get after we added the 7 Sound Toggle Switch between the Tone Controls:

On this guitar you’ll have two choices, now missing on your stock Strat.
Here’s what you’ll get after we added the 7 Sound Toggle Switch between the Tone Controls:

USA-Custom Shop 7 Sound Switch Translation:

NORMAL Position 1 of the 5-way selector switch activates the bridge pickup alone by engaging the toggle switch at this point it will activate the neck pickup giving you the bridge and neck pickups together.

Likewise, with the 5-way selector switch in the second position with the bridge and middle pickups activated, a flick of the toggle switch adds the neck pickup to the equation which gives you ALL of the pickups together. Two choices now missing on a stock Strat.
5-way switch pickup selections PLUS Your 2 new selections:
The quick Run-Down: Here’s what you’ll get after we added the 7 Sound Toggle Switch between the Tone Controls:
(toggle ON for the first two selections as follows:)
Toggle ON Position 1-Will give you tones and sounds reminiscent of the “Byrds” Rickenbacker tone.

Toggle ON Position 2-Will make all three pickups available at one time.
(Toggle off for following normal switch controls as follows:)                                                              
position 1 Bridge pickup alone bridge + neck in parallel  
position 2 bridge + middle pickup in parallel all three pickups in parallel
position 3 middle pickup alone
position 4 middle + neck pickup in parallel
position 5 neck pickup alone

All setups, 4 axis neck alignments, installs, intonation, action modifications Custom Shop Pix, info, custom work, artwork, setups, fret levels, crowning, fret polishing, electronics, testing, QC and pickup Designs by:
Haywire Custom Guitars Inc.-South Carolina, USA

This guitar body has a very warm and crisp sound. It is built light and resonant for sustaining notes. The Active circuit keeps it clear with a good strong signal all the way down. You can add extra bass with the tone controls. Very quiet with no ground noise or hum. Overall, a great choice for many styles and genres-Studio or Live. Because of its very light weight, it is extremely and comfortable to play all night long.

Custom Shop Axes-without the Custom Shop Prices! Haywire Guitar Custom Guitars-Home of the “Gig Ready” Guitar! This Haywire Guitar comes with one year warranty on our workmanship from Haywire Custom Guitars. Call or write with any questions you may have call Rick: 843-347-5742

The EMG Active pickups :

The SA Set combines the attributes of the early Strat™ sounds with added mid-range response and higher output, giving the pickup “bell-like” and pinch harmonics with increased sustain. This active single coil set, loaded with Alnico V bar magnets sounds bright and airy, with a rich bottom end. With internal shielding and a low impedance preamp, you get virtually noiseless pickups without sacrificing a true single coil tone. The Alnico 5 bar magnets allow for the output to remain balanced during big string bends that makes for a beautifully articulate tone. The creamy mid-range warmth creates subtle blues tones that are clear, strong and expressive. Experience the reason why players like David Gilmour, Steve Lukather, Larry Carlton… have relied on EMG single coil pickups in the studio and on the stage for years.

For a better, cleaner Low and High sound spectrum:

1-error-correction of signals with enhanced clarity

2- preserve high end frequencies

3-improved taper when rolling back your volume control

Your Guitar is now more functional with Haywire Custom Guitars Innovations added.

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About the Author:

Mr. Rick Mariner Owner and Founder and CEO of Haywire Custom Guitars Inc. He is a member of The Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans (A.S.I.A.) as well as a guitar player. Rick holds a bachelors degree from University of Md. and a Masters degree from George Washington University. Rick developed his exclusive 8 – Point “Gig- Ready” guitar process that allows for Custom Guitars that are “GIG-READY”. With Rick’s many years of development and guitar set-up experience, Haywire Guitar shop “Builds satisfied players… one Haywire guitar at a time”.

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