Since we talk about shielding electric guitars so much at Humbucker Soup, it’s very common for us to get questions about acoustic guitars and whether or not they need to be shielded from RF and electromagnetic fields as well. Join us now while we take a look at acoustic guitar shielding and what methods, if any, you might use to accomplish it.
There are many brands of guitar shielding paint & tape available for purchase, and they are both relatively inexpensive. We are going to take a close look at each to see if one is any better than the other when used as an RF filter to reduce the static and hiss present in your guitar signal, especially when using single-coil pickups.
If you’re looking to shield your guitar from RF interference to reduce the amount of hiss present in your signal, we’re about to show you an inexpensive way to make DIY guitar shielding paint that looks great and gets the job done. There are many brands of premade shielding paint available, as well as several metal tapes that work well, as shields.
Let’s talk about shielding single coil pickups to reduce some of the noise that can enter your tone when using this type of pickup
Single coils are well-known for being noisy, and that’s because they are very similar in design to an AM radio antenna. Single coil pickups exhibit many of the same tendencies to collect noise from the air. Humbucker pickups use two coils wound in opposite directions to cancel out the noise, but those pickups are known for having a warmer sound that’s quite different from that of a single coil. Die-hard fans of the single coil may find a humbucker undesirable, and the only option left is to try shielding.
Shielding a Gibson SG Guitar is a strait forward modification that will help minimize interference in your signal
In this post, we are going to take a look at shielding a Gibson SG guitar. The Gibson SG is one of the easiest guitars to shield because they usually have two humbucking pickups that eliminate most of the noise. Continue reading “Shielding a Gibson SG Guitar”
Here’s a quick buyer’s guide on conductive paint that should help if you’re trying to eliminate outside interference.
If you have decided that it’s time to shield your guitar, to cut down on electromagnetic interference, you might be surprised at the number of different products that have sprung up to accomplish that task. The old fashioned ways are still there. You can still shield your guitar with aluminum foil or copper tape, but conductive guitar shielding paint is becoming more and more popular.
Reduce most of the noise in your signal by switching to shielded wire.
If you’d like to know more about how to use shielded guitar wire, this is a good place to start. We’ll help you decide if this insulated wire is the right thing to use for your situation, and we’ll show you how to install it.
Add some shielding to your Tele and enjoy a quieter guitar.
The Fender Telecaster is a legendary instrument, but it can become frustratingly noisy at times, leaving you frantically searching for a way to quiet it down. Noise gates can help keep the noise under control when you are not playing, but when you hit a note, and the gate opens, the noise comes through. We can help by showing you how to add some shielding to your Tele to protect it from the outside interference that causes the noise to occur. We’ll also explain proper telecaster shielding grounding.
A shielded guitar cavity will go a long way towards preventing interference from reaching your signal.
If you live in an area with a lot of electromagnetic interference, you are going to love today’s article on the subject of a shielded guitar cavity. What we’re going to do is talk about shielding the control cavity for maximum protection from interference. It’s not hard to find a guitar shielding kit online, but there are also some excellent DIY methods you can use to get the job done.
DIY techniques that help protect your guitar from noise and interference.
If you get a lot of guitar hum, you are going to love this article covering aluminum foil guitar shielding. Shielding can help protect your guitar from electromagnetic interference, significantly reducing and even eliminating noise.