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    what?
    Tone Member

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    Re: Metal Pickguards and Tone/Shielding

    you can get custom cut pickguards at www.sharpconcepts.com
    they're a lil pricey, tho...

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  • some_dude
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    Originally posted by the_Chris
    This may be a dumb thought, but wouldn't pickguards and aluminum,copper etc. make hum worse? Wouldn't it act almost like an antenna for bad frequencies?
    It's wired to ground, not the output. Anything it attracts won't have a way to get into the amp.

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  • Gearjoneser
    Gear Ho

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    On my blue strat (H-S-S), I have the Fender CS engine turned aluminum guard. They aren't cheap at $50, but I like the look of it. What you do with an aluminum pickguard is to line the back of it with one layer of sticker paper, or stripe it with black electrical tape. This kills all microphonic posibilities, especially with your JB or my C-5.
    Because it's aluminum, I'd imagine that by itself, it blocks out noise, too. Because it's metal, and running alongside the body, I think it adds a little bit of attack on the notes, kinda like a maple fretboard would do, but it doesn't add any brightness, tonewise. Just make sure to use the sticker paper or electrical tape because highgain tones can vibrate the aluminum guard, causing microphonics. That'll make it perfect.

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  • That90'sGuy
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    This may be a dumb thought, but wouldn't pickguards and aluminum,copper etc. make hum worse? Wouldn't it act almost like an antenna for bad frequencies?

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  • Jeff_H
    Dean Hardtail Fanologist

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    $10 is just for the pickguard shield...it goes under whatever pickguard you choose. I don't know if callaham does custom work, but send him an e-mail and ask him....I'd bet he would be able to do something about altering the shield he has. If not, it's pretty thin, I would bet you could dremel out the bridge position to make it work.

    If you want custom pickguards....go to www.pickguards.com

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  • big_black
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    Do they do custom pickguards? I need a guard with one humbucker, tone, volume, and a place for mini switch. $10 dollars sounds pretty cheap for a metal pickguard.

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  • Jeff_H
    Dean Hardtail Fanologist

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    Yes..there are some shielding mods that you can do to greatly reduce the 60 cycle hum. I'm not sure about anodized pickguards, but I purchased a metal pickguard shield from www.callahamguitars.com (under the strat parts page, $10 bucks I think) and then did a wiring mod from www.guitarnuts.com (go to modifications, then wiring then quieting the beast).

    Eliminating the ground loops from the wiring scheme + the pickguard shield really almost eliminated the hum from my strat...I've been very happy. Instead of buying the pickguard shield if you're on a budget, you can use spray adhesive and aluminum foil to completely cover the back of your pickguard....it's supposed to work just as well.

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  • big_black
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    Metal Pickguards and Tone/Shielding

    Do copper, anodized, or other metal picguards offer additional shielding for single coils? Do they affect or add to the over all tone and susutain? I have been thnking of trying on on my strat. It has one JB in it, but I split it. It can be kind of noisy at times. Does anyone make brass briges for tremed strats? I am just looking for something different that will alter the tone of my strat, i do someting to it every six months.
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