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    I get a lot of electrical noise in my house, so I decided to shield my Warwick today. Took out the pickups and knobs, lined all with aluminum foil, and grounded each cavity. All the noise is 100% gone whether I'm touching the strings or not. This was the cheapest and easiest mod I've ever done, and yielded the most night & day results. Go figure.

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    Default Re: Aluminum shielding

    Heavy gauge aluminum foil is a go-to if you don't have access to copper foil.

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    Default Re: Aluminum shielding

    I used cheapo Reynolds wrap.

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    Default Re: Aluminum shielding

    Cool. Good info. And like you said, Reynolds Wrap is cheap.

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    Yeah, definitely a perfect alternative to copper tape if you ground it reliably. What method did you ground it with?
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    Default Re: Aluminum shielding

    Warwicks have a pair of large springs under each pickup. I put the end of a ground wire underneath a spring in each pickup cavity, then soldered the other ends to the tone pot. For the control cavity, the pots are in direct contact with the foil.

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    Default Re: Aluminum shielding

    Does aluminum cause any bleed of higher frequencies due to Eddie currents? (I know it's probably much less of a problem with a bass than an electric guitar.)
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    Default Re: Aluminum shielding

    On my bass, it had little to no affect. I usually hear about any high end loss, but it may be affecting frequencies I’m not occupying.

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