Oh Lords Of The Soldering Pencil(help)

RavenMadd

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please look at my mess and tell me what I did wrong ?......50's style of buzzing low volume mess .......can wire a strat ,,,...I'll take it to a tech when the bug leaves
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Re flow all of the joints involving the braid on the back of the pots.

What wattage iron do you have, about 40-50W is about the ideal for getting such joins done.
 

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Re flow all of the joints involving the braid on the back of the pots.

What wattage iron do you have, about 40-50W is about the ideal for getting such joins done.
This, and also scrape the back of the pots before you solder the grounds. There is a manufacturing film that keeps the solder from making a solid electrical contact, which results in cold solder joints resulting in hum. That film needs to be scraped off in most cases.
 
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Re flow all of the joints involving the braid on the back of the pots.

What wattage iron do you have, about 40-50W is about the ideal for getting such joins done.
my 40 my brother let a friend disappear with..... got a little 25 weller ....I gotta get a 40
 

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This, and also scrape the back of the pots before you solder the grounds. There is a manufacturing film that keeps the solder from making a solid electrical contact, which results in cold solder joints resulting in hum. That film needs to be scraped off in some cases.
damn .....can I sand it off with emery paper?......thank u
 

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Yes. Hotter (40 watt) and faster is healthier for the pots. 25 can be too slow.
I became aware of airflow when installing pickup covers on a set of Duncans for a friend back in the 90s.
Second time I had ever soldered anything heavier than 10ga copper.

I couldn't figure out why my 40w iron kept sticking to the joint.
It worked beautifully when I put the same covers on the same pickups on my Sheraton.

Ya... the ceiling fan right above the table might have had something to do with it.
 

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my solder is 60/40..... flux20%......from my job ......made in china.....blaah
Ah, then it is likely the 25 watt. You'd probably be fine with the solder you have with a clean tipped 40 watt.

Don't skimp on solder. If you can find it, Kester "44" is the stuff to use. I know Amazon has it.


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