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How to upgrade the electronics on a Fender Squier Strat and fix faulty shielding


Issue 332 June 13, 2019



The shielding on this budget Strat wasn't doing the job. Dan Erlewine and Elyse show how to fix the problem using conductive paint and a foil pickguard shield. While they're at it, they upgrade the pickups and electronics with a Golden Age prewired pickguard.
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blankIn this Trade Secrets video:
  • checkmarkDon't skimp on mixing: lumps in the paint mean keep on stirring.
  • checkmarkDon't skimp on coats: it's going to take three or four.
  • checkmarkDon't skimp on drying time: it's worth waiting to get it right!
  • checkmarkShielding the pickguard is an essential part of the job.

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