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Username: 71maverick

Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2007 - 8:53 pm:   

I just got my first 2350BL off Ebay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=0 01&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWN%3AIT&viewitem=&item=1101 27885336&rd=1&rd=1

After some tinkering with the truss rod and bridge I managed to set the action to my liking and then solved some wiring issues. I restrung with 10's, cleaned it, colored in the paint chips with a permanent marker (looks fine from across the room...) and now I'm actually starting to play the thing.

I play at some local clubs on the weekends and such and would love to take this guitar with me. My only hang up is that this guitar feeds back worse than any i've ever played. It will stay at home until I can tame the thing.

I read that a foam rubber strip underneath the pickup reduces some feedback and increases double coil stability. What if you put the foam in the cavity in our guitars? What about the spray foam insulation used when installing new windows? Our local hardware store has a product called "Great Stuff".


I know from other posts on this site that potting (or waxing) a pickup will help with unwanted feedback. I also heard elsewhere I could ruin the pickup by trying this without experience. Has anyone tried using silicone and a caulk gun? What about dipping the pickups in the shielding paint you can buy from Stew-Mac? Has anyone actually done this at home?

I put copper foil in the cavities of my 69 Thinline Tele Reissue (with stock single coils) and had fabulous results with reduced hum and feedback. Would it help with feedback on a double coil guitar? My super 70 neck position has what seems to be a plastic cover. I heard interference goes right through the plastic on the top of the pickup. What if I switched it for a metal one after shielding? I realize these ideas may be limited to single coils:-(

O.K. guys, how do you get these things out of the house and into the local bars?
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Username: Tbplayer

Registered: 4-2007
Posted on Monday, May 28, 2007 - 1:09 am:   

hum is a ground problem. feedback...most of the time is due to a microphonic pickup. yeah you can pot them. but it is very easy to ruin the pup. silicone or caulk? never heard if that. it seems to me that the elastisty of those might allow movement. where wax would not. there is a possiblity of a cap gone out of value. have a luthier check it. you can always replace the pup
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Username: Ibanezfreak1960

Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Monday, May 28, 2007 - 2:08 pm:   

hum is also a single coil pup problem.

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