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To shield or not to shield???

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by mickg, Jul 16, 2009.

  1. mickg

    mickg Tele-Meister

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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. 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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    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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    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.
     
  6. Prius

    Prius TDPRI Member

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    These are active pick ups so I think you should be fine.

    Never hurts though.
     
  7. Julian

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    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.


    http://www.guitarnuts.com/wiring/shielding/shield3.php
     
  8. Mike Simpson

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    Are any factory guitars sheilded?
    I have never taken one apart that had any...
     
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    alot of them have the shield paint in the cavity.
     
  10. JohnnyCrash

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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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