Getting rid of the excess noise from a Strat is the goal, not the 60 cycle hum. Shields up! 60 Cycle HumRemember this: Single coil pickups have 60 cycle hum. It’s just there, enjoy it. It’s Unique!
Humbucking pickups are single coil pickups wired in series to ‘buck’ the 60 cycle hum.
The pickguard should have a nice piece of aluminum or copper shielding on it’s backside, make sure of that, as it takes care of a LOT of excess noise!
Coating the cavity of your electric’s body with lead paint and foil might not be something that you HAVE to do!
Use that extra money you saved to upgrade your electronics instead!
- Check the Shielding of your cables. Check your pedals. Check your amp. Check your tubes, make sure they aren’t going microphonic (tap on them with the amp at a medium volume with a pencil eraser, if there is a moderate rattle or sound, change it out!).
- Allow the character to come out of the pickups and the natural feel of the guitar to define the sound.
- Change out your pickups to Noiseless or something like that if you ‘have to have’ absolute silence in your setup.
- Make sure your electronics on the inside of your guitar are well grounded.
Excess noise would be the only reason to shield the inside of your guitar.
Know the difference between excess noise and 60 cycle hum.
For a look at Shielding a Strat, check out my post on Shielding your Stratocaster or Telecaster!
Just please be sure, be sure, be sure, be sure that you actually want to slap that paint on the inside of your guitar. It scares me, maybe not you though.