Like many guitar players, I've experienced the very annoying buzz you get, especially with a distorted sound, when your guitar is not properly shielded.
Actually, most guitar aren't shielded at all !
So how to make your guitar absolutely noiseless, you ask ? Simple.
Thanks to Mr Faraday, we know how to stop interferences from getting caught in your pickup signal.
A FARADAY CAGE !! w00t, go science !

You will need basic tools and supply:

          - A guitar (duh)
          - Hands (duh)
          - Adhesive Aluminum/Copper Tape (I went with the copper tape, it's classier ;p ).
          - Soldering iron
          - Multimeter - This is crucial. Without it, we don't know if we did a good job.
          - Phillips Screwdriver to remove the screws from the pickguard)
          - Scissors
          - Ruler
          - A laminated card (to flatten the tape)

Please forgive me for any translation mistake, but feel free to correct me !

Step 1: Removing the electronics

First, we have to remove the strings, and then the electronics, to be able to work properly. If we get messy, things could end up worse than before (MORE BUZZING). We don't want that, do we ?

Once the strings are removed, unscrew your axe's back plate, in order to desolder the ground wire connected to your stop-tail/vibrato. Note: This is not necessary, but things get waaaay easier if we do this.
If you don't have a back plate, like me, you might want to unscrew the front plate (pickguard).

If your jack is not in the same cavity as your pickups, etc... Desolder and remove it. Same thing, not necessary, but it helps.

WARNING: Write down the position of all wires you desolder, as well as the position and direction of the pickups, if removed from the guitar/pickguard/whatever-they-were-attaches-to.  If not, you might not put it all back together properly, and your guitar won't sound like it used to.
<p>I know this is an older thread but just thought I would throw this out there - <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K5RKD00?psc=1" rel="nofollow">https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K5RKD00?psc=1</a></p>
<p>i did exactly what you said, and there was still significant hum</p>
<p>Hi nice job.</p><p>It does appear that you have created a ground loop. By having the pots touching the foil and wire grounds on the backs of the pots it makes a loop.</p><p>You can look up ground loops on the internet</p>
<p>I shielded my Rickenbacker bass about 35 years ago, and used a few tricks that I learned working in the Aerospace business for the last 40 years or so. One important thing is to remove the wire going to the bridge from the electronics. If the AC outlets you're amp is plugged into aren't wired correctly, and you touch your lip to a mic you can get hurt really bad - it can even kill you ! It has happened to musicians in the past. Zapped - dead on stage! Don't believe me - look it up. I've done about 50 or 60 guitars in the past years, and they've all been AMAZING ! I can stand about 6 inches in front of my amp with my guitar facing the speakers with the volume up and not even feed-back a little. I can hear a difference in the tonal quality of my guitar also. And never any EMI-RFI interference - nice and clean always. Another little trick I use is to use solder lugs on the pots instead of soldering wires to the back of the pots. Makes it easy if you have to replace a pot and not have to put a lot of heat on the pot. I run a wire from all the lugs to a crimped solderless lug and use small screws to attach all the ground wires to the bottom of the electronics cavity. I also shield the hole where the output jack is, along with the cavities around the pickups. I use adhesive backed copper tape on the whole box I build in the guitar, and found that if you use a pencil with an eraser you can rub the tape into the corners of the cavity really easily. I'm hoping to send along some photos of the basics I use. and a few shots of my studio. Hope I can get them downloaded ok. Thanks for letting me ramble on a bit. Also back around 1975 I built a professional quality audio and video recording studio and I've learned some neat stuff over the years, and I'll try to pass on some of that info in another posting.</p>
Great tutorial! If you want to take it one step further, try replacing the output jack wires with shielded audio cable. It's about $8 a spool at Radio Shack, and it does wonders for quieting hum and other noise that regular shielding may not fully eliminate
<p>Knobs can be more safely removed by wrapping a towel or t-shirt around the pot stem beneath the knob and pulling up. This way it applies pressure around the whole knob, and also no sharp things to scratch the instrument or you.</p>
Where did you get the copper tape?
I got it from StewMac.com, but I know some hardware stores sell that stuff.

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