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'74 p bass shielding?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by dukeandrews, Feb 14, 2014.

  1. dukeandrews


    Jan 24, 2014
    I searched the topic and couldn't find anything. If this has been covered before, I apologize. Anyway, I am putting a different pickguard on my '74 P and was wondering if it would be beneficial to use shielding paint on the controls cavity while I have the pickguard off.? I can't tell if there is already shielding paint in the cavity. Did Fender use shielding paint from the factory? This is my first vintage bass so I don't want to mess it up. Thanks.
  2. Bassisgood4U

    Bassisgood4U Banned

    Jan 30, 2014
    Shielding paint is better(I assume this because high end companies use it), but I wouldn't permanently modify any vintage Fender. You can use copper foil instead.
  3. dukeandrews


    Jan 24, 2014
    good call. Do I have to order it over the internet? I tried GC and they didn't know what I was talking about and acted like I was speaking a different language.
  4. aphexafx

    aphexafx A mind is a terrible thing.

    Dec 10, 2013
    Denver, Colorado
    Designer - Big Machine Electronics
  5. Bassisgood4U

    Bassisgood4U Banned

    Jan 30, 2014
    hardware store
  6. dukeandrews


    Jan 24, 2014
    I have heard of people using aluminum foil. Is this true? Or should it be copper?
  7. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    My two cents: I have a '74, '75 and '77 now and have owned and worked on probably 50 of them over the years. None of them came with shielding, nor did any of them ever need any. Always have been very quiet basses. The only thing the factory did was stick that 5" piece of adhesive foil between the jack and controls on the underside of the pickguard. Unless you have another wiring or component problem, you shouldn't need anything else.
  8. Klonk


    Apr 28, 2011
    Will shielding a P bass modify the sound characteristic in any way? I have a Fender CS 59 P that sounds great (to me) but in some rooms will have noise related to the power/lighting in there. Should I shield it, or will it sound different afterwards?
  9. dukeandrews


    Jan 24, 2014
    It doesn't have much (any?) noise. I was just wondering since I already had the pickguard off. Just trying to be efficient. I'll put some foil in there and see if it makes any difference.