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Pardon my ignorance

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Wootenjr304, Jan 23, 2014.

  1. Wootenjr304


    Jan 10, 2014
    What's the shiny stuff on the back of my pickguard? I switched out pickguards and the old one had the material on the back but the new one doesn't. Is this stuff necessary ?
  2. Runnerman

    Runnerman Registered Bass Player Supporting Member

    Mar 14, 2011
    Shielding for the electronics cavities probably. If no hum, no problem.
  3. Huge

    Huge Hell is full of musical amateurs. Like me.

    Dec 2, 2005
    Silvery stuff? Shielding tape. It's necessary if your bass hums, but if it doesn't you should be okay.

    I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm mistaken. :D
  4. Wootenjr304


    Jan 10, 2014
    It's a p bass if that matters. So nothing is gonna get damaged without this stuff?
  5. Shielding on pickguards doesn't really offer any shielding benefit. It is there to ground static discharges from the plastic.

    Whether or not it is necessary depends on whether or not you have issues with static.