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From: rf–(at)– (Rob)
Subject: Re: Strat Shielding Questions
Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 09:57:43 GMT
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>Hi, y’all…
>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!
>Sam Chambers

Hi Sam,

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.



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