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Redo cavity shielding on a bullet tele

Discussion in 'Squier Tele Forum' started by bbqSANMA, Nov 23, 2020.

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  1. bbqSANMA

    bbqSANMA TDPRI Member

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    Hi all, I am new to the forum and I have a question =)

    I just bought a new FSR bullet red sparkle. It is a solid build and I really dig the color but when I opened it up, I found the shielding paint was very rusty and seems poorly done. I haven't measured the connectivity though (I ordered a multimeter but not arrived yet).

    I know shielding paint or copper tape are two common solutions. I prefer the copper one personally so I can do the work inside the house. The question is whether it's ok to put copper tape on top of the original paint?

    Conceptually I don't think it's gonna be a problem as both materials create a conductive compartment. Maybe I will sand down the old paint a bit so the surface is smooth.

    What do you think? Any suggestion is appreciated!
     
  2. schmee

    schmee Doctor of Teleocity

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    Should be no problem, don't worry about it. Tie the shield to a ground point and bring the tape over the edge onto the top of the guitar a bit. Then make sure a shield on the pickguard contacts that also for good shielding.
     
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    Shield only control cavities. Never shield pickup cavities.
     
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    Boreas Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I suspect it may be "rusty" due to red overspray. If the giitar isn't noisy, I wouldn't bother. You may get odd continuity readings on the stuff. It doesn't necessarily make it bad. Mist of mine get poor continuity with brand new paint from the factory.

    But, this didn't keep me from installing copper tape on top of the paint. Didn't make it any quieter, but I sleep better at night.
     
  5. bbqSANMA

    bbqSANMA TDPRI Member

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    Thank you guys!
     
  6. tubelectron

    tubelectron Tele-Afflicted

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    You also have the alumium tape solution : cheaper and as good as copper...

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    But it's me, OK ? :D

    -tbln.
     
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    bbqSANMA TDPRI Member

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    Nice work! Yey, you're right and I've seen people using regular kitchen tin foil to cover their cavity.
     
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