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Stratocaster single coil mayhem- shields ??

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by electricfactory, May 23, 2011.

  1. electricfactory

    electricfactory Supporting Member

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    Would appreciate hearing about your experiences with using Strat pickguard shields[ aluminum, copper shield plates installed under the pickguard] to tame single coil pickup noise- has this REALLY worked for you ? And which worked best, aluminum or copper ?
     
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    I just installed a gold anodized aluminum pickguard on my MIM strat, and it greatly reduced hum.
     
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    I had one installed by Klein pickups when they built my S-5 loaded guard and the system runs very quiet.
     
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    Can't speak to a strat...but I recently just did this on a jazzmaster and it cut out the noise entirely. The guitar was so noisy before I did the shielding it was unusable. I am very happy with the guitar now!
     
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    dirk_benedict Supporting Member

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    Also, I might add, that you need to shield the entire cavity...just rigging up the pickguard won't do much for you. The idea is to basically construct a metal cage around all the wiring.
     
  6. electricfactory

    electricfactory Supporting Member

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    Please elaborate, what did you use to do the job ?
     
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    How does this affect tone? John Suhr said somewhere around here that aluminum pickguards are a tone killer. What about other metals?
     
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    I gave up and went with Dimarzio Areas. I have seen shielded paint with copper tape on the underside of the guard with it connected to the cavity
     

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