Questions about changing a Tele Pickguard???

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by larryb, Aug 17, 2019.

  1. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Age:
    50
    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    I just ordered a pack of pearloid pickguards to dress up my favorite guitar...

    Here is a pic of my '72 Tele Deluxe

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    I thought it would be a simple mod; remove knobs, screws...and switcheroo..
    Then I saw this video and now I am wondering about the Copper Shielding tape and it's purpose? Is it a must or this guy just showing off...LOL?

    PS: I don't do any work on my guitars, except restringing....so this would be my first "real" mod:oops:

     
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  2. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    It will help with noise, @hcsterg does this to all his guitars, I believe. Should be easy to do and something that won't have any negative effects on your guitar.
     
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  3. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

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    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    Thanks Henry!
     
  4. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

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    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    It is realy easy: Just glue the foil to the pickuard rearside and ground it. I would even shield the cavities of the guitar with that foil or -alternatively- shielding laquer.
    One of my guitars is still without this little mod and it gets very little playing time because of that.
    So it is is wise to shield an electric guitar. Any kind of background noise is more tameable with that.
     
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  5. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    It's a tin foil helmet for your guitar! It works pretty good for single coil guitars, dunno how important it is with buckers.
     
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  6. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Age:
    50
    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    Thanks guys...sticking some tape on seems easy enough
     
  7. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    If the pickups and loom are attached to the pickguard so it all comes out, then you may want to shield the cavity as well.

    I think, but am not sure, that it helps with humbuckers as well, as this shields the pickups from ambient electrical pollution/noise.
     
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  8. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

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    Shielding the pots and wires makes a big difference even with humbuckers.
     
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  9. Scooter127

    Scooter127 Synchromatic

    727
    Feb 25, 2019
    USA
    This!

    Shielding the guts can make a big difference.
     
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  10. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Hi larryb,

    Yes, Henry is right :cool:: I shield all my solidbody guitars... It's not very complicated and rewarding.

    I use aluminium adhesive foil - cheap and perfect : the roll below cost me 10 Euros for 100mm wide and 100 meters long...

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    As an example, I changed the pickguard below, and I shielded the cavity and the guard underneath - as usual ;) :

    [​IMG]

    But it's me, OK ? :D

    A+!
     
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  11. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

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    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    Thanks man....WOW...that is a lot of shielding.LOL;)
     
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  12. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015
    fROMOHIO
    If the cavities don't look like they're about to be launched into space then you're not truly finished ;) I've wound up w/ the practice of soldering a ground lead from the shielding tape to string ground as well, it's easier to accomplish w/ copper tape or brass sheeting than aluminium or shielding paint though.

    It's not usually a necessity w/ humbuckers for me, but it certainly shouldn't hurt anything & it'll look cool and feel like you did more :)
     
  13. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Yes... :confused:. You notice that the cavity shielding has lips all around to make contact with the pickguard underneath everywhere. Doing this, I try to achieve (as best) a Faraday cage.

    You won't protected against magnetic hum fields (i.e. coming from a transformer - I recently made the bad experience with my Serial Tone Killer amp project :mad:) but it will be the final weapon against electric hum fields (i.e. coming from neon lights, light dimmers, that are often found on stage, etc...) if the Faraday cage is closed at best though.

    A+!
     
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  14. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Age:
    50
    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    Thanks...you all have convinced me of the importance of cavity and pickguard shielding....

    I am taking all your advice very seriously;)

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  15. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

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    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Shielding is hugely important, especially with single coil guitars. For as cheaply built as Dano guitars were, they had the best shielding I've ever seen in a guitar.
     
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  16. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Yes - particularly the lipstick pickups that are completely encased, so ideally shielded...

    A+!
     
  17. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Thanks ! ;) But OK : I must confess that I'm "a bit obsessed by hum fight", if I can say so... :D

    A+!
     
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  18. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

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    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    It goes far beyond the pickups. The guitars are wired with braided coax, and the control section is encased in a copper foil box.
     
  19. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Age:
    50
    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    Stupid question? If shielding is so important, why isn't every guitar foiled at the factory???:confused:
     
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  20. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    My guess is same reason most guitars aren't set up well, many use inferior pots, etc.: Customers don't want to pay for it.
     
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