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Chris
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18/05/2020 12:06 am  

What's the community's thoughts on shielding tape/paint etc?

Personally I've never bothered until tonight when I had a feedback issue I couldn't resolve, and remembered I had a roll of aluminium tape in a toolbox somewhere. 

Can't say it made any difference, but I'm curious to see what everyone else does?

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Chris


Bill Flude
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18/05/2020 10:04 am  

I've used copper tape and shielding paint.

The only before/after I can offer is from my Mexican Strat - when I got it is only had some foil on the scratch plate - I took it to bits to add the Dave Gilmour switch (switches the bridge pickup on regardless of 5 way position so that you can get all three and also neck and bridge on together) so I added a full covering of self adhesive copper foil and it did improve things so was worth doing.

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Chris
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18/05/2020 10:14 am  

@frocesterbill I've got plenty tape, so I might just go with it on future builds. Quite enjoyed doing a wee bit of "upholstery" in the cavities...


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Bill Flude
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18/05/2020 10:18 am  

The copper stuff i used has conductive adhesive so you just overlap to get electrical continuity and you can solder to it to connect a ground if you need to.

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mark bailey
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18/05/2020 11:59 am  

It is going to be most noticable if you are in a noisy environment (flourescent lights, etc...). I use the conductive paint from stewmac - it takes 3 coats and all day coz you have to wait for it to dry in between coats...

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Bill Flude
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21/06/2020 11:46 am  

I have used some shielding paint from Mahogany Green Luthier Supplies who are based in Ireland - about £4.50 for a small 30ml bottle.

Applied some to a scrap of wood to test - one layer - quite thick but goes on in a smooth matt black layer and wouldn’t trickle through control holes onto the front of a guitar - tested with my multimeter - scratched surface and the scratch showed silver - resistance over 10cm was about 2 Ohms.

Have now used it on my Firebird build.

They are on eBay and do sell bigger bottles.

Website www.mahoganygreen.com

 

 

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mark bailey
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22/06/2020 7:07 pm  

Here is a link to the Stewmac stuff I sometimes use - needs 3 coats to build up full conductivity - - takes hours to dry between coats so no good if you are in a hurry!

https://www.stewmac.com/electronics/shielding/conductive-shielding-paint.html

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23/06/2020 4:49 pm  

I use slug barrier tape...cheap as chips compared to normal copper tape.

It hasn’t got conductive adhesive but if you fold over one end slightly and overlay then put another piece over the top it works a treat.

just another alternative?

lots of edits as I can’t get the url to work correctly!

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