#1
about to change pickups, and want to get the best connection possible.
#2
Use good solder (40/60 rosin core or better) and use flux to make sure the tip is clean, to ensure the best posssible connection. Try not to let solder get into the electronics cavity.
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#6
A good tip... Sorry if you already know this, im not trying to insult ur intelligence...

What I do is hook the wire around the area u want (through the little hole) put the solder on top of both, then hit the solder gun on top of both of them, ittle melt the solder onto the gun first but if u hold the gun against where the wire touches the pot, ittle suck into that, giving it a nice solid connection.
#9
you dont need flux if you have rosin core solder....it has flux built-in

however, its good to have fluz just in case theres a stubborn wire that just wont solder right!


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Last edited by darkinertia at Jun 25, 2006,
#10
^ you mean you don't need rosin if you have rosin-core solder

^^ you must be talking about flux, because melting solder is a physical(?) process.
Last edited by greenbox at Jun 25, 2006,
#11
Make sure you tin your iron too. Keep a wet sponge handy.

What I do is apply a little bit of solder to the parts/wires I want to join, then put them together and put the soldering iron to them, and bam the solder that was already on sticks to each other, forming a bond.
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#12
Why tinning the iron is important: A "dry" iron is actually pretty bad at transferring heat, you tin the iron so that whatever it touches gets a better heat transfer, not so you can transfer the solder on the tip to whatever you're soldering. You should have a bare-thin layer of solder on your iron (remove any excess). Also, after a big soldering job or a few light jobs, you might notice your tip looking a bit lackluster, if that happens you could buy a new tip, or you could just sand/file your existing tip (which I do).

Also, always use solder to join together parts. Don't JUST tin the parts and solder the tinning together (it's not a bad thing, but it's bad practice)

IMPORTANT:
Don't leave the solder on the point/wire you're soldering for TOO long. You'll overheat the components. Soldering a joint should take a few seconds, MAX!
#13
Also make sure when your soldering to pull the solder away from the component before the iron. If you dont your solder could stick to the melted and cause a mess.
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