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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 1:00 pm    Post subject: Soldering Reply with quote

Submitted by Travst

Soldering is something you'll need to learn if you're going to do much work on guitars or amps. Here are a few tutorials that will remove the mystery from the process of soldering wires and components.

Basic tips:
1. Hot and fast is what you want. Don't overheat your joints.
2. Keep the tip of the soldering iron tinned to ensure good joints.
3. Tin the stripped ends of wire before soldering them in place.
4. Plan ahead, lay out the job before you start.
5. Don't overdo it with your solder! Keep your joints nice and clean, not clumpy.
6. Invest in a decent soldering station with variable heat control if you plan to solder more than occasionally.
7. Make a firm mechanical connection at each joint. Crimp the wire firmly to the pot or switch before soldering. The purpose of solder is to hold the joint together, NOT to conduct electricity, as solder is actually a poor conductor.



Basic soldering:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_NU2ruzyc4

Basic de-soldering using a braid (do this when you have excess solder; you can also use a vacuum bulb instead of braid):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieoM_40nRVs&feature=related

Component layout:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTooyaxdDV0&feature=related

Organizing wire:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hqmj8PhpbGs

Soldering pots:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHA4SLN4qeA

Tone caps:
http://www.youtube.com/user/johnplanetz#p/u/16/C2T7crNnOA8

Connecting the jack:
http://www.youtube.com/user/johnplanetz#p/u/14/mlkgptITFhw

And more guitar videos:
http://www.youtube.com/user/johnplanetz
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