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post Jul 10 2008, 02:18 PM
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Receintly a friend of mine was trying to replace a scratchy pot in his guitar.
After he was done he had reliability problems with his solder joints.
So I figured id share with you guy what I shared with him.

1. Use rosin core solder.
2. Make sure all points to be connected are clean and pretinned. Tinning a wire or connection is accomplished by applying a thin coating of solder to the wire or connection terminal BEFORE the connection is made. This process prepairs the terminal and, or wires to be joined. I try to leave enough solder on the wire or terminal so that I dont need to add anymore to complete the connection.

2. Touch the two surfaces together and apply heat from soldering iron. (do not overheat thet joint). It will go liquid in a few seconds and bond together perfectly and there will not be an ugly blob of solder hanging off.

You will be amazed at how the soldering process is simplified by tinning the wires first.

I hope this helps someone.
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post Jul 10 2008, 07:50 PM
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Thanks for clarifying man. Soldering can be pretty tricky, specially with the solder gun. Whatever you do DON'T BUY solder gun, only solder pencil iron.


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post Jul 10 2008, 08:07 PM
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Using this technique will be great, but if you need more solder, do not melt it on the solder iron. The pieces you are soldering should be enough heated to melt the solder.


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post Jul 10 2008, 09:30 PM
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Thanks for advices , I suck on soldering sad.gif


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post Jul 10 2008, 10:41 PM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Jul 10 2008, 08:50 PM) *
Thanks for clarifying man. Soldering can be pretty tricky, specially with the solder gun. Whatever you do DON'T BUY solder gun, only solder pencil iron.


yeah, solder pencil is more than enough. I got mine for 12 € and works perfectly !!! I'd like to record some lessons about soldering biggrin.gif (soldering cables, replacing pickups, etc.)


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post Jul 10 2008, 11:16 PM
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Thanks, I will try pretinning the next time I solder. Might ease up on some of the soldering hassle that always occure wink.gif


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post Jul 10 2008, 11:47 PM
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QUOTE (Juan M. Valero @ Jul 10 2008, 11:41 PM) *
yeah, solder pencil is more than enough. I got mine for 12 € and works perfectly !!! I'd like to record some lessons about soldering biggrin.gif (soldering cables, replacing pickups, etc.)


That would be great Juan, I'm sure many people would fin it very useful (me first mate!) smile.gif


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post Jul 11 2008, 07:31 AM
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yeah, I think it will be an interesting lesson, you can save lot of money just knowing few things and having good tools witch would cost less than 20 €


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