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

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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.

In this Trade Secrets video:
  • Don't skimp on mixing: lumps in the paint mean keep on stirring.
  • Don't skimp on coats: it's going to take three or four.
  • Don't skimp on drying time: it's worth waiting to get it right!
  • Shielding the pickguard is an essential part of the job.

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