I am planning to shield my nashville telecaster with self-adhesive copper foil, using the guide at guitarnuts.
Is there anything to be aware of when shielding this type of telecaster, considering that it has a swimming pool route and an ekstra strat-middle pickup? And do I really need to remove the pickups to shield the back of the pickguard?
The pool route should make things easier for shielding as there are less corners and things to worry about.
You might be able to do the pickguard without taking the pickups off, but its easier to just take the whole lot off (make sure you label the pickups so you know which one goes where) and do the whole thing in one go. Then you just need to clear the holes and make sure its stuck down around the edges of the pickup holes.
Last Edit: Jun 7, 2008 8:07:50 GMT -5 by pete12345
It's only an issue on the covered Tele neck pickup if you are combining it in series with the bridge pickup that grounds the strings and bridge plate thru the pickup black wire, or you're reversing its phase. In this case, the case needs to be disconnected and reconnected via a separate wire to the internal ground.
If you're not doing this, it's probably safer from a noise perspective to add the clearance band around the pickup hole for the neck. The wider that you make the clearance band, the lousier the shielding will be.
Remember, the pickguard shield is going to be connected to the internal ground anyway (if it isn't, it isn't a shield).
When I build a Tele, I usually run the separate Tele cover grounding wire anyway. Instructions on doing this are found many places, likely the Duncan site. I don't have a link since once I first looked at the pickup, it was obvious.
I have one also, but I purposely didn't shield it as I use it as a pickup and wiring test fixture (those 8 3-way mini-toggles).
Once again, the QTB for Tele doesn't incorporate the isolation cap because the bridge pickup return wire is also the bridge/string ground.
I think you'll be fine with the neck cover touching the shield. In that case, the wire to the back of the volume pot is superfluous, and might cause a ground loop, but since the only signal on that side of things is noise, I'm not sure that it makes much difference.
Edit - to mention that the isolation cap is probably more important in a tele than a strat, because there is so much more metal that you might be touching at any given time. You've got that big old bridge plate, the neck cover, the control cover, and the knobs themselves. On the strat it's really just the strings and bridge. Also the jackplate, which generally is not isolated anyway.
Last Edit: Jun 9, 2008 13:57:05 GMT -5 by ashcatlt