Well, following Lyle Caldwell's thread on shielding my bass went from a buzz saw loud enough to cut thru solid steel (when you took your hands off the strings) to now completely silent. Many thanks! I sheilded everything and star grounded all the ground wires to a common point. Being a bit of a hack at this kind of thing, I used *many* pieces of copper tape. They all connected and overlapped so I had hoped that would be sufficient as I wouldnt be able to do the tack soldering. What is the negative result of not doing the tack soldering? My other question... I've used mini pots on my bass, but instead of the standard setup, I maxed out both the vol and tone pot (as thats how I always use them anyway) and placed them inside the control cavity. Question: If the wiring or part of the pots touches the copper shielding is that going to cause any noise/ or problems? Its dead silent right now, but I could see something touching the sheilded wall... hope that wont cause a problem.