I'm sure this question has been beat to death, but I want to reduce if not eliminate the hum that comes from not touching your strings (or any other metal part on the guitar).

What I'm looking for here is, realistically, whether or not that bridge ground wire needs to be there. All I've read so far is opinions with no real findings to support their claim (this is the strat without the backplate all over again).

I plan on doing a full shielding as well. It's not a very loud hum or anything I just want something to do while one of my guitars is in pieces.
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Faraday cage, and ground to the bridge. Make sure your solder joints are all in good shape, use contact cleaner if you have to resolder anything.
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