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Old July 16th, 2009, 06:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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To shield or not to shield???

Hey guys. I'm building a Tele here and wondering do I need to shield the cavities and back of scratchplate. Im installing EMG Active T Set pickups. I've heard that shielding can affect the tone i get as well. Should I shield all cavities and back of scratch plate or only afterwards if i get too much hum? Cheers Mick G

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Old July 16th, 2009, 10:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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All I know is the ones I've shielded (Tele, Strat and original design) do not hum, while all my unshielded guitars do. I guess it depends on whether you can stand what is to me, at least, a very annoying sound.
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Old July 17th, 2009, 12:54 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I used no sheilding and have no problems with hum or static.
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I have my two work teles shielded and it does tend to cut some of the brightness, but that can be compensated for with the amp.
I will use shielding from now on, with all of my teles I use on stage.
In a studio I use my high quality teles and I don't shield those.
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Old July 17th, 2009, 01:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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These are active pick ups so I think you should be fine.

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Old July 17th, 2009, 07:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Hey guys. I'm building a Tele here and wondering do I need to shield the cavities and back of scratchplate.
If you are building a guitar you should shield. It is only a minor extra step.

If the guitar was already put together I can see the dilemma.

I have read that the lack of hum causes the guitar to sound better.


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Shielding and regrounding your guitar will not signficantly alter its tone, other than that it may sound a bit more alive because faint harmonics that were buried in hum can be heard more clearly when the hum is removed. Also, you will typically be able to play at higher gain levels before hum becomes objectionable. This means more tube saturation and sustaining feedback.
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Old July 17th, 2009, 10:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Are any factory guitars sheilded?
I have never taken one apart that had any...
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Old July 17th, 2009, 11:43 PM   #8 (permalink)
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alot of them have the shield paint in the cavity.
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Old July 17th, 2009, 11:56 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I almost always shield Strats. Floating three pickups on cheap plastic often ends up in static. Otherwise I don't bother unless it turns out to be a noisey guitar.

Active pickups? I don't think I'd worry about it... heck if you're already in there though...
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