I'm having a hard time getting a larger switch and the wires into the small cavity of my Yamaha. Is there any adverse effect to stripping back an inch or so of the the rubber shielding from the pickup to make a little breathing room?
What kind of pup is it, single or hum bucker? Probably won't matter on a hum bucker, but if there is a metallic component in the rubber which provides shielding (not likely) that could open you up to interference/hum. Or is it a form of potting meant to reduce squeal?
The biggest worry might be: What is going to touch the coil?, and are you really going to gain that much room by removing it? If room is really that tight, it may be more a matter of physical damage to the coil from other components/wires, etc that will be pressed against it.
I am unfamiliar with the rubber coil shield in a Yamaha, so you may get a better answer from somebody else. Can you post a pic?
I have a stock single and a GFS Lipstick. No shielding in the rubber itself. I need more space on the switch side of the leads so I dont think the coils are involved really, I just wondered if having the "hot side" of the pickup lead more "exposed" would cause an alarming increase in signal noise or just something slight.
It shouldn't make any difference at all, they way you describe it. I'm still not sure what the rubber shield does. We're not talking about insulation on the wires, are we? That would be a horse of a different color.
Any noise you might pick up will not be affected by rubber shielding. A QTB is the most useful mod to reduce unwanted noise.
Last Edit: Jan 22, 2008 14:32:56 GMT -5 by ccso8462