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DiMarzio Copper Shielding Tape 24""x3-1/2""

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Put some of this DiMarzio Copper Shielding Tape under your guitar's pickguard and kiss hum goodbye. Also good for shielding pots, wires and interior ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Put some of this DiMarzio Copper Shielding Tape under your guitar's pickguard and kiss hum goodbye. Also good for shielding pots, wires and interior connections in your axe to attenuate radio frequency interference. 2 feet of 3-1/2" wide tape.


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DiMarzioCopper Shielding Tape
 
4.7

(based on 25 reviews)

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  • Easy to use (11)
  • Improves sound (11)
  • Functional (8)
  • Good quality (8)

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  • Concerts (6)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Back-up (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

believe in it

Does what it's supposed to. Don't just stop at putting copper under your overpriced basswood atrocity from Ibanez..no .. actually put it inside the guitars cavity everywhere. Ok done that? run...Read complete review

Does what it's supposed to. Don't just stop at putting copper under your overpriced basswood atrocity from Ibanez..no .. actually put it inside the guitars cavity everywhere. Ok done that? run a wire cavity to cavity and attach it to ground on the volume pot. In each cavity there should be a solder so you "activate" the cavities hum cancelling. Cheap chinese electronics and import pickups will be crystal clear. Also be sure to use copper tape under pickup bases for single coils. Humbuckers it's redundant.

the kid who gave a 1 star did it wrong. I know a ton of guitar companies that swear by this and after doing it myself I am a fan too. The photo attached is before I ran the wire through the cavity. Without the wire it's totally useless to do this unless you like making stuff shiny.

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not what i expected

I'm not sure if I did something wrong here. I put the tape under my pickguard and shielded all my pickups and pots with 1 layer of this tape and when I turned my...Read complete review

I'm not sure if I did something wrong here. I put the tape under my pickguard and shielded all my pickups and pots with 1 layer of this tape and when I turned my amp back on I saw no difference there was still that stupid hum. Maybe if I added more layers it might do the trick but I would not recommend this unless you buy a whole sh** load to put in. It's a great idea but just doesn't work like people say it does.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

As long as you do it right...

By Vancity Guitarist

from Vancouver BC

Comments about DiMarzio Copper Shielding Tape:

... It will help. Doing it right means covering the entire control cavity, and making sure that the pickguard or backplate shielding makes contact with the cavity shielding in a few places. Also, if you shield a strat with tape but leave the 50s wiring entirely stock, you will still have noise. It is essential to wire with a common ground (google "star grounding" if you need more info) in order to fully kill the hum. Also note that if any of your solder joints contact the foil tape they can be shorted. I cover a few inside areas with masking tape for this reason. Used properly, metal tape will reduce noise without changing the sound in any other way. Other types of metal tape will work, but the stuff from Dimarzio and other guitar-oriented suppliers has a conductive backing meaning you don't need to solder to insure a continuous shield. I think that justifies the extra cost, YMMV.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

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Comments about DiMarzio Copper Shielding Tape:

Does what it's supposed to. Don't just stop at putting copper under your overpriced basswood atrocity from Ibanez..no .. actually put it inside the guitars cavity everywhere. Ok done that? run a wire cavity to cavity and attach it to ground on the volume pot. In each cavity there should be a solder so you "activate" the cavities hum cancelling. Cheap chinese electronics and import pickups will be crystal clear. Also be sure to use copper tape under pickup bases for single coils. Humbuckers it's redundant.

the kid who gave a 1 star did it wrong. I know a ton of guitar companies that swear by this and after doing it myself I am a fan too. The photo attached is before I ran the wire through the cavity. Without the wire it's totally useless to do this unless you like making stuff shiny.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A great quality, important component!

By Jeremy

from Beckley, WV

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      Comments about DiMarzio Copper Shielding Tape:

      This is a high quality and easy to use product to help elminate noise from your guitar's electronic components. There is plenty of shielding tape included for one guitar's interior cavity, but for the price I feel like more tape should be included. You can buy a roll of Nashua silver aluminum foil tape or similar from a home improvement store for roughly double the price or a little less, but get a huge amount more (about 50 yards) and it is virtually the same thing. I bought this for use in the more sensitive interior of a guitar for maximum shielding for my pickups, but would choose the foil tape for the inside of an amp head or situations where larger quantities are required. Props to DiMarzio though for taking the time to leave a note in the packaging about the importance of soldering the tape joints to ensure ground! And don't forget to shield the back of your pickguard for as much isolation as possible. Don't even need solder, just make sure that you run the tape all the way to the edges of the pickguard and then cut the tape in the body cavity so that it slightly extends past the top of the cavities edges. Solder free contact and you're ready to go!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good product, not enough of it

      By dawalk

      from Minneapolis, MN

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      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

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        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about DiMarzio Copper Shielding Tape:

        Bottom line it works. Pretty easy to use. I wish the adhesive was conductive but its easy enough to solder the pieces together. One pack isn't enough to get a good covering. I would get 2 maybe 3 if you've got a particularly large area your covering.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Works well

        By James Shifflett

        from Fairfax, Va

        Comments about DiMarzio Copper Shielding Tape:

        I used this on a Strat that had very hot pups and very noisy. There was an amazing difference after shielding all the electronics with this tape. It takes a little while get all of it in there, but its worth the time. I can even sit near my computer now without sounding like Frankensteins lab.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Copper shielding

        By snak eyes

        from Sedalia MO.

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        Comments about DiMarzio Copper Shielding Tape:

        This is a must have for any electric guitar! I work in a local music store and use this stuff alot. Im the "guitar guy". I encounter a lot of people who bring their guitars in because its noisey. And 90% of the time its because the electronics are shielded poorly or not at all. Just line your control cavity with the copper tape and the back of the control cavity cover and your in business. If you have a strat style guitar you can cover the back of the pickguard and inside the body cavity. You will eleminate white noise, static, radio interference and noise from your wiring in your home. Youll be surprised how quiet your guitar will be after putting this in your guitar. And all this time you thought it was your guitar itself or your amp. (think again) It comes with instructions on how to properly shield your guitar. Try it out!!!!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Made a Heck of a Difference

        By Seth-gYhd4

        from Dayton, NV

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        Comments about DiMarzio Copper Shielding Tape:

        This product made such a significant difference on my Dean with active pickups that I did the same on all of my guitars. I just filled the pickup cavity and put it on the back plate. If you have florescent or neon light in your house or where you play or have an annoying buzz when the volume on your guitar is maxed out that you need this.

         
        5.0

        Reduce the hum

        By Travscout

        from Dallas TX

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        Pros

        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

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          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about DiMarzio Copper Shielding Tape:

          If you have a Strat buy two, One will just be enough for the main cavity. Be sure to ground, and to clean the cavity before application. Reduces hum and interference

           
          5.0

          The Good Stuff Man

          By Dalton

          from Pennsylvania

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          Comments about DiMarzio Copper Shielding Tape:

          This is the good thick stuff! I recently purchased some copper tape from amazon for a shielding project and it was soooooooooo thin that alot of what I tried to use got wasted when I cut a piece and peeled the back and it bunched up like scotch tape! This Dimarzio branded tape from Musician's Friend is the good thick stuff like what you get from good suppliers such as StewMac. Be careful when you shield a cavity though because you will get small little razor cuts on your fingers from the edges of this stuff. My fingers are pretty rough & tough and I still get wee little paper-cut like slices on my fingertips but they generally aren't bad cuts, just annoying. Be aware and don't run your finger straight down the edge of this tape because this is the thick "metal type" tape that you want for a great shielding job!

           
          5.0

          Great and easy to use

          By Basehead

          from New York, NY

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              Comments about DiMarzio Copper Shielding Tape:

              I used this to shield my basses cavity when I swapped out the pickups. Easy to use and works to help eliminate noise.

               
              5.0

              I would buy this product again.

              By none

              from Manchester, Ohio

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              • Functional
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                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about DiMarzio Copper Shielding Tape:

                Purchase this to shield the cavity of my guitar.

                 
                4.0

                Thr Right Stuff

                By Rolow

                from NC

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                • Just barely enough for one cutout or one pickgua

                Best Uses

                  Comments about DiMarzio Copper Shielding Tape:

                  This was my first attempt at making a Faraday cage to capture and ground out that awful hum that came with your single coil pickups. This product is made for the job. If you get another foil, make sure you have a conductive glue! Another copper foil tape may be ten time the amount you need and you'll spend much more money than you need to spend. Each package is just enough for one cutout or one pickguard. Don't waste any! Don't forget to run a grounding wire and you'll be pleased with the reduction/elimination of HUM.

                   
                  5.0

                  good to go

                  By Tom

                  from undisclosed

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                  • Easy To Use
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                    • Concerts

                    Comments about DiMarzio Copper Shielding Tape:

                    stuck it to the cavity for my single coil neck pickup and it all but elimiated the loud hum...the sound man is happy

                     
                    4.0

                    it works

                    By tcz

                    from Norcal

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                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Improves Sound

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                      • Concerts
                      • Noise Reduction
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about DiMarzio Copper Shielding Tape:

                      Yes, it is worth it. Line the cavity if you can, but at least cover inside the plate, trim around, and poke the holes through and replace. Super easy. I got the idea because my Modulus bass came copper-lined inside. It makes the guitar quieter and improves sound quality. However, you can also use the snail-blocking copper tape from the nursery plant store.

                       
                      5.0

                      Easy to use product

                      By Roadman

                      from Lafayette, IN

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                      • Easy To Use
                      • Functional
                      • Good Quality
                      • Improves Sound

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                        • Backup
                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about DiMarzio Copper Shielding Tape:

                        Since it is self adhesive, it is very easy to use. Way easier than aluminum foil and glue. There is exactly enough for a 3 pickup Strat guitar, so plan ahead or you will run out. I would have liked to see maybe 5 more inches in the package. If your guitar has big pickup openings, you might possibly need two kits. I loved the sound of a Strat through my Marshall, but it was very sensitive to noise. This shielding kit made a huge difference.

                         
                        5.0

                        Good stuff, good price

                        By fretless in gaza

                        from southeast michigan

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                            Comments about DiMarzio Copper Shielding Tape:

                            I recently bought a used MIJ Tele that had excessive hum and a nasty crackle whenever you touched the pick guard. Disassembly revealed a lack of shielding, other than someone's attempt to shield the pickups with aluminum foil and what looked like chewing gum holding it in place! I pried all this out, covered the back of the pick guard with this copper tape, and lined all the pickup cavities as well, being careful to insure that the cavities were connected with each other, and with the bridge and the switchplate. Result: No more hum and no more crackle.

                            This tape goes on easy, and adheres well. The important thing is to make sure all the surfaces you want to stick it to are clean and dry. A good wipedown with alcohol will insure that there's no oil or grease left on the surface. Press the tape in, making sure you overlap adjacent strips to insure electrical contact, and burnish it with a rounded piece of wood or some other soft material to make sure it is securely in contact with the surface you applied it to.

                             
                            5.0

                            Solved the problem!

                            By Augdog

                            from Philly PA

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                                Comments about DiMarzio Copper Shielding Tape:

                                Had some serious noise (buzz) issues with my 2003 Fender Jazz Deluxe. Changed pickups and preamp but that didn't work. Should have used this first! Easy to put in and now the bass is silent when its not being played.

                                Wear gloves!! I got a couple small cuts on my fingers during application.

                                (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                1.0

                                not what i expected

                                By guy

                                from Kansas City, Ks

                                Comments about DiMarzio Copper Shielding Tape:

                                I'm not sure if I did something wrong here. I put the tape under my pickguard and shielded all my pickups and pots with 1 layer of this tape and when I turned my amp back on I saw no difference there was still that stupid hum. Maybe if I added more layers it might do the trick but I would not recommend this unless you buy a whole sh** load to put in. It's a great idea but just doesn't work like people say it does.

                                 
                                5.0

                                try it

                                Comments about DiMarzio Copper Shielding Tape:

                                my modulus bass came with a copper-lined back plate, so I got some copper tape (the kind that keeps snails out of your potted plants) and did the back plates of my gibsons. I got a slight (but worth it) increase in tonal quality. (my new strat came with the pick guard lined with what looks like aluminum foil, haven't tried the copper on that though). you might just try the snail tape, which may be a bit thinner, which might matter some.

                                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Copper tape

                                By Jeff-uYs4x

                                from San Francisco, CA

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                                Comments about DiMarzio Copper Shielding Tape:

                                I have an American Strat with custom shop 69 pickups. I shielded the guitar following all instructions, soldering parts together, etc., and it substantially reduced the hum. HOWEVER, the brightness of pick ups was also reduced by about 20%, and I lost the bell-like sound that the Strats are for. So, it is your choice. Use rubber gloves during installation to avoid multiple finger cuts. If you want to do a good job on a Strat you would need two sets of these.

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