The directions for "Quieting The Beast" references a Star Grounding, in which several wires are attached to a ring terminal. The illustrations give the appearance that the placement of that terminal is soldered to the backside of the shielded pickguard. Am I reading this wrong? My question is, if using the aluminum foil shielding method, how would I attach the ring/star grounding to aluminum foil? It seems like a ring connector between a pot and the shield would accomplish the same thing but am wary of the dreaded ground loop.
I am sure many of you answer the same questions over and over for newbs like me, and want I thank you in advance for your help and patience.
Post by mattmayfield on Jan 15, 2008 10:30:55 GMT -5
What I did once with foil is to put the ground on a ring that then goes around one of the pot shafts. The pressure of the nut on the pot from the top of the pickguard keeps it pressed onto the shield and in electrical contact.
I don't bother changing the ground wiring anymore, though. My thought is that the whole guitar circuit is star-grounded anyway at the "-" lead of the output jack, and internal ground loops make no appreciable difference. Maybe something you could measure with extremely delicate equipment, but nothing even Eric Johnson could EVER hear.
Post by mattmayfield on Jan 15, 2008 10:59:44 GMT -5
FWIW: I don't bother with the star grounding because I'm taking my life into my own hands and am not using capacitor protection. (I don't use an amp; I'm assuming/hoping my PodXT Live will get zapped and break the circuit before I do.) If you do it my way you'll defeat the capacitor, which is probably not what you want!