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    Installng new pickups...technical question

    I have what i call an "Ebay special" guitar that i got on there which i plan to well...massacre in an attempt to learn how to do stuff with. Its a basic entry level guitar from Winter guitars and i am currently in the midst of switching the pickups here. My question is....

    Is there a specific type of solder that i want to use for this?? And or a specific wattage for the soldering iron??

    Luckily wiring diagrams and stuff are bountiful on the internet and its fairly basic stuff. Also, if shit goes sideways on me...its a project guitar that i got specifically to learn this shit on. LOL

    Any feedback would be awesome!

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    Use the regular soldering irons that radio shack sells for 10 bucks..

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    Rosin - Standard 60%-tin/40%-lead Rosin Core Solder, Diamter 0.62. I think that is somewhat standard issue\accepted use (what I've used in guitar electronics and automotive applications).

    Anyone else use anything different with better results?

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    Any regular old solder and any regular old soldering gun works just fine. Don't over think it man, not a big deal. I've used all different types and it really doesn't matter from my experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAMPA VH View Post
    Any regular old solder and any regular old soldering gun works just fine. Don't over think it man, not a big deal. I've used all different types and it really doesn't matter from my experience.

    What he said.


    I recommend that you buy a cheap soldering "rod". (Not a "gun", which has a trigger grip and, usually, a little light) That way you'll appreciate a nice gun when you buy one.







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    i like to scuff the bottom of the volume and tone pots with sand paper or a file to give the solder something the really grab onto.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick S View Post
    i like to scuff the bottom of the volume and tone pots with sand paper or a file to give the solder something the really grab onto.
    That's always key too. Sometimes the solder won't completely stick and a good sanding does the trick.

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    This is what I do for soldering to the back of a pot, but I think it pretty much applies to guitar soldering in general (except maybe for the widest tip part):

    -use the widest tip you have for the back of the pot
    -let iron (40-45 watts) heat up. when solder flows onto it, its ready to go.
    -tin (tinning is applying a thin layer of solder to every surface to be soldered) tip before using it for the first time and keep it wet throughout process. dry tip wont work
    -scuff up back of pot
    -put flux on pot
    -tin back of pot
    -put flux on wire
    -tin wire
    -put flux on pot and wire again
    -put solder on tip until a tear drop forms (doing it this way prevents the need for a 3rd hand!)
    -put wire on pot
    -put tip on wire and pot
    -solder will flow onto both
    -remove tip but hold wire on pot for a sec or two
    -unplug soldering iron
    -your done

    *NEVER use a soldering gun, only a soldering iron. If in the process of tinning the back of the pot you leave too much solder behind, remove the excess with copper solder braid.

    Also, check each connection with a multi-meter before moving on. You'll save yourself ALOT of headaches, trust me. You can't tell if a connection is sound by looking at it.

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    i just recently tried solder that was lead free for the first time. i noticed it doesnt bind as easily as the lead/rosin core solder. but, it is certainly better for your health! either way, dont breath that stuff in if you dont have too. good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by the breadman View Post
    *NEVER use a soldering gun, only a soldering iron. If in the process of tinning the back of the pot you leave too much solder behind, remove the excess with copper solder braid.

    Interesting. I've been using a gun for years. The guy who trained me used one and I was told to be careful because the extra heat could fry the pot, but I've never even seen that happen. Is there another reason I shouldn't use a gun?







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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullwinkle View Post
    Interesting. I've been using a gun for years. The guy who trained me used one and I was told to be careful because the extra heat could fry the pot, but I've never even seen that happen. Is there another reason I shouldn't use a gun?
    Just use a small caliber and it shouldn't do too much damage.

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    i always used an iron because its easier to get in and out of smaller places. but ya, a low powered gun should be ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dino5150 View Post
    Just use a small caliber and it shouldn't do too much damage.
    I just walked right into that one didn't I?







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    Quote Originally Posted by Dino5150 View Post
    Just use a small caliber and it shouldn't do too much damage.
    Hollowpoint rounds get the job done fo sho!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullwinkle View Post
    Interesting. I've been using a gun for years. The guy who trained me used one and I was told to be careful because the extra heat could fry the pot, but I've never even seen that happen. Is there another reason I shouldn't use a gun?
    Yup. A gun can demagnetize a pickup if put too close to it. Don't know how, but that's what I was told.

 

 

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