Aluminum is easier to cut, but much more of a pain to grind down if you don't get it cut out very close to desired shape (it clogs up grinders, wheels, files), here's my custom pickguard...it took 6 hours total to make, I can cut that in half now that I have the right tools (drill press, scroll saw, etc). I had to drill 21 holes and then chamfer 19 of them for the screws... the edges had to be grinded down to a slanted angle, I used a metal wire brush accessory on the dremel to burnish the metal for a cool, almost pearloid look to it (shiny diamonplate would look horrible glam, not to mentiion every scratch and fingerpring would show.
Last Edit: Jul 21, 2007 2:02:17 GMT -5 by strathappy
Post by strathappy on Jul 22, 2007 21:46:28 GMT -5
Well the guy that started this thread said he was building a guitar so I assumed he would be pretty hands on and want to build his own.
I checked out your link and it says "Plastic guards rely on aluminum foil backings where ours do not because they are solid aluminum. You will notice less feedback and clearer tone due to a solid ground. " I did notice the tone sounds better, and I do have less feedback actually, which in my case is a bad thing, hahaha...but how does it create a stable ground, I thought aliminum was no good for grounding??
Sorry, you almost slipped through a crack there.......
I thought aliminum was no good for grounding??
Aluminum is fine for carrying electrical signals (or power, some houses have aluminum wiring), but it's harder to work with. You almost can't solder it, it dissipates heat too quickly, so you have to make physical contact between pieces, and hope for the best.
Shielding-wise, many members here have done the "Quieting the Beast" job with aluminum foil, and reported great success. If you've got it, use it with confidence, given the foregoing.
You will notice less feedback and clearer tone due to a solid ground.
Hmmm, a pickguard made of solid aluminum will deliver "clearer tone"? I think that'd be subject to the listener's interpretation. Since it can't be easily quantified, it probably wasn't smart of them to make such a statement. ;D But I can say, such a beast won't give you any more protection against hum or buzz, the job requires only so much thickness (not very much!), and anything more is overkill. Squelching feedback would be because it doesn't resonate at the same frequencies as the strings and body/wood. That large a piece of metal will act to dampen any such resonance before it can become feedback. As you noted, this can be good or bad, depending.
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