PAINT: Pickup Cavity (Conductive)

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    Nope, not Stew Mac.

    What else and where else have you personally purchased conductive paint for pickup cavities?
     
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    I haven't personally but, the friend of a friend told me that he knew someone.... I forget whether friend or family... who had thought about buying a 1975 American Motors Gremlin an when they took it to a mechanic, they found conductive paint on one of the fenders. Or did they find it one one of their Fenders? I forget. Never mind.
     
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    That is beautiful overkill and I mean that in a good way; conductive paint need not be that perfect, but a coat of real metal really eliminates all doubt.

    I wonder which other products are real metal-in-a-solvent?
     
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    Guitar Fetish crap, zero conductivity with the probes from the ohmmeter almost touching, Maybe I needed more coats?
     
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    This might also be a new topic...but...

    Why are guitars not made this way direct from the factory???
    Why is this step not a part of typical electric guitar set-up's performed by guitar techs (or, at least, suggested and quoted)???
     
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    Some do come that way. My 2015 Squier CV50s BSB came with shielding paint, but my Fender MIM 72 Tele Custom came bare.
     
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    I used recycled aluminum foil to shield my cavities ...
     
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    I understand that the cavities must be shielded...but what about the "tunnels" connecting cavities?
    How do they get shielded, or don't they?
     
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    when I use conductive paint, I use a q-tip to do the « tunnels » ;-)
     
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    I you can twist the wires or, better, use shielded coaxial wire in the tunnels. Just use the braided sheath as your ground wire. An excellent source for shielded wire is an old RCA cable or headphone cable. My G&L ASAT came with conductive paint and shielded wire in many places that you wouldn't expect it.
     
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    You can make your own using graphite powder and acrylic paint (somewhere on YouTube). It won't make your meter go 'beep' but it does give very low resistance. Only trouble is is that it is a messy as hell. I won't be doing it again.
     
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    I think he was suggesting using a shielded wire where you'd still need to make good contact between the ground wire and conductive paint on either side of the tunnel. So you'd run the shielded ground wire through the tunnel and affix the exposed gfound wire ends to the conductive paint.

    I didn't use paint on my 72 Custom (I used metal tape). For the tunnels I ran a thin strip of the metal tape through and affixed it to the conductive tape in the cavities thus creating continuity throughout all cavities (you need a multimeter to confirm this). I could have also just used a wire, but since I was already using tape tor the cavities, I stuck with that.

    You'll also want to make sure your pickguard has conductive tape underneath that makes contact with the shielded cavities when closed to complete the faraday cage.
     
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