I did a few small projects recently and need to get them up and posted. I have a couple of fairly involved ones coming up and I wanted to get these out of the way. So, here we go.
Lately I've noticed a popping noise when I touch the pickguard (when it's plugged in, that is). I figured it's static electricity, so I wanted to shield the electronics, and while I was at it I figured I'd add a phase switch.
You can see where I have some excess so it all gets grounded together. That overlap also ensures the pickguard shield will touch the cavity shielding as well.
Here's the unshieded cavities, and most importantly, the Don Mare S-Telly neck pickup. Don winds this like a Strat pickup - 43 gauge wire I believe. It sounds a LOT like a Strat. And darned if it doesn't look like a Strat pickup from underneath.
You can see the neck pickup back in place. I went crazy and decided to wrap some tape over the pickup leads. I figured the run though the wiring holes wasn't shielded, so I'd put the shielding right on the wiring.
Part of the idea with the shielding is to make the shield on the guitar like a chassis in an amp - it's all one piece electronically and all connected together and will serve as a ground. I'll have just one ground point, but the whole 'chassis' is at the same ground potential.
Or something like that.
Don makes a 3 tap version of this pickup also. I'm planning an Esquire build using the pickup selector switch to choose each of the taps.