Poll: Noise Gate or Shielding?
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View poll results: Noise Gate or Shielding?
Noise Gate
2 22%
Copper Shielding
7 78%
Voters: 9.
#1
So my guitars started buzzing a lot in high gain and often had feedback. Should i get a noise gate or copper shield my Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe? I know the Dimarzio Copper Shielding tape is only $10 but i just want to make sure which is the better route. If you suggest i should go with the Noise gate, please recommend me one. Max budget $100
Last edited by SilverRock113 at Sep 8, 2010,
#2
i sheild all my guitars because i like the least amount of noise as possible also alot cheaper and will be quieter if you plug it in to someone elses rig
#3
What is shielding and how do I go about doing this? Is it pretty effective?
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#4
Quote by xkreedx
What is shielding and how do I go about doing this? Is it pretty effective?

Its basically covering the pots and control cavity with dimarzio copper shielding tape. It has proven to effectively lower the noise the guitar makes through the amp.
#5
Quote by xkreedx
What is shielding and how do I go about doing this? Is it pretty effective?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electromagnetic_shielding

Basically, the copper will keep electromagnetic interference from getting into the control cavity.
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#6
Shielding, without a doubt. Catch a lot of that noise at the source. I did a full shield on my SSS strat (which buzzed like mad) and now it's dead silent (minus the 60hz hum).

You can get enough copper shielding for 2-3 guitars over at Stewart MacDonald: http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Electronics,_pickups/Supplies:_Shielding/Conductive_Copper_Tape.html?actn=100101&xst=3&xsr=16044

You can read about shielding here: http://www.guitarnuts.com/wiring/shielding/shield3.php
I performed the modifications detailed in the PPT on the site: http://www.guitarnuts.com/wiring/shielding/shieldingryandbyrd.ppt

Good luck.
#7
Ok so i am DEFINATELY going with shielding. More specifically Dimarzio copper shielding tape. I heard the copper shielding tape is really sharp and you can cut major arteries if you don't be careful, is this true?. I DO know a really good guitar builder and he is going to do it for me.
#8
If you are using heaps of gain however shielding will not eliminate the hum and feedback.

I know this because I recently swapped how I had my effects running and I ended up with my gate infront of the amp. I ran the gate infront of the amp directly after the guitar to cut out any noise that made and still there was atrocious hum and feedback with high gain. A noisegate in the effects loop of your amp is necessary with high gain amps.
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#9
Quote by Talentless
If you are using heaps of gain however shielding will not eliminate the hum and feedback.

I know this because I recently swapped how I had my effects running and I ended up with my gate infront of the amp. I ran the gate infront of the amp directly after the guitar to cut out any noise that made and still there was atrocious hum and feedback with high gain. A noisegate in the effects loop of your amp is necessary with high gain amps.
That's true. Amps will be noisy themselves and they could even internally oscillate.
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