Soldering Iron


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06-17-2007, 10:04 AM
My Guitar just cut out - one of the wires on the input has come loose, so i need a soldering iron and some solder to re-attach it - but there are many different types of soldering irons and solder. Can you recommend a type of iron and solder that is best to use on a guitar. - the cheaper the better and i live in the UK. Thanks

06-17-2007, 10:11 AM
u can use any kind on guitar stuff, but if u wanna solder something in a computer u need to use the stuff without acid in the metal, i forget the name, rosincore? maybe

06-17-2007, 10:13 AM
Go into rapid - ask for a sodlering iron and some solder ... job done.

no need to get fussy when it comes to fixing wires. Do you know how to solder

06-17-2007, 10:22 AM
yeh soldering is easy, did it when i was at school - i just got confused when i saw the many varieties - i will only use it on my guitar so i can just buy the cheapest then? low quality wont make my guitar sound worse?

06-17-2007, 10:37 AM

You should never use anything with acid on an electric circuit. It really corrodes. Been there, done
Use rosin core, and you shouldn't apply any chemdicals whatsoever appart from what is in the solder.

06-17-2007, 10:42 AM
thanks - so any iron will do and buy rosin core solder?

06-17-2007, 10:45 AM
Rosin core, yes. Some soldering irons are a bit weak but 30 - 50W should do for all your needs.

-edited speling... yuck!

06-17-2007, 07:30 PM
I'd go for a 30w stick, some desoldering braid and a small roll of 60/40 rosin-core solder. It shouldn't cost you much at all.

06-17-2007, 10:44 PM
i think a 15-30 watt soldering iron will do just fine... I believe mine is a 15watt and it works alright for guitar stuff, but i do some circuit stuff too...

But yea rosincore solder is always good, gl

06-18-2007, 07:17 AM
As you are UK based, try this - I use this very one for guitar work and circuit work and it's just fine - never caused me a problem.

06-18-2007, 08:53 AM
I have an Antex one I got from maplins years ago, also bought a tin of flux. Yeah, go for a 60/40 rosin core solder.

06-18-2007, 08:54 AM
Go into rapid - ask for a sodlering iron and some solder ... job done.

no need to get fussy when it comes to fixing wires. Do you know how to solder

Our rapid in Lpool rocks, its bloody huge!

06-18-2007, 09:47 AM
hey man, as far for soldering pickups and wires to your guitar, you shouldn't use the big industrial strength because they are pretty big and hard to work with on the smaller jobs, get a stick iron but don't get the cheap low wattage irons, they take time to heat up, if you stick it to the electronic to make it heat up you'll end up ruining it and the blob of solder won't even melt, so get a high wattage one make sure its hot before you start working on your project and touch it once it should melt it, then you can go from there the electronics should be still fine. i got mine for 10 bucks on sale ( 15 buck regular) its roughly 60 watts and does the job perfectly. make sure the tip is fairly small