From rf–(at)–ybernex.DOT.net Fri Mar 20 13:56:37 CST 1998
Article: 25429 of rec.music.makers.builders
From: rf–(at)–ybernex.DOT.net (Rob)
Subject: Re: Strat Shielding Questions
Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 09:57:43 GMT
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>I bought a new pickguard for my Strat, and noticed that the new pickguard
>doesn’t have as much shielding on the back as the original Fender
>I have enough self-adhesive copper foil to cover the entire back of the
>Now for the questions:
>1. Should I cover the entire back of the pickguard with foil?
>2. The tape isn’t wide enough to cover the pickguard in one piece.
>Assuming that I shield the entire pickguard, do the foil strips have to be
>electrically connected, either by touching at the seams or by soldering a
>small wire between the strips of foil?
>Thanks in advance.
>By the way, I want to say thanks to all those who participated in the
>”Worst Luthiery Mistake” thread. Not only was it entertaining, but it was
>a big help to those like me who are considering taking up luthiery as a
>hobby. It’s always helpful to learn from the mistakes of your teachers!
Forget patching strips of copper foil (the edges would hafta get
soldered to maintain continuity).
Instead, get some Heavy Duty aluminum foil and a can of 3M spray
contact (or any kinda spray craft cement). Lay the pickguard face down
on an opened up paper grocery bag (not newspaper!) and spritz a light
mist of cement evenly over the p/g back; carefully lift up the p/g and
place on a new, clean, opened up paper grocery bag; CAREFULLY place,
and press, a torn off unwrinkled sheet of the foil onto the p/g; use
an Xacto knife, or single edge razor blade tip, to trim out the p/u
and control holes (cut from the p/g back side). There you have it!
It’s easier done than said.