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Solder sucker or braid for guitar work?
solder sucker
72%
 72%  [ 8 ]
desoldering braid
27%
 27%  [ 3 ]
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Twelvebar



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 3:01 pm    Post subject: For fixing guitar electronics.. Reply with quote

So which do you prefer for cleaning up crappy old solder jobs on pots, and switches? I have a bass a friend got for free, the output jack was spinning freely, and the wires were sheared off. There are giant globs of solder on about half the connections. Someone did a 'repair' job on it with some really sloppy soldering, and what looks like random bits of speaker wire.

I have a bunch of 22 gauge wire to replace it all with, but I need to clean the pots and jack up, so which do you guys think is the best method, desoldering bulb(solder sucker, or the braid?

I have to go out and buy either so i want opinions on which works better on these parts. oddly it's been years since I have had to desolder anything, I guess my work isn't too bad after looking at this 'job'

Thanks guys.
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DukeofIbanez



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IMO solder suckers suck for guitar electronics use.
They are good for PCB's though.

I'd go with a roll of the braid. Cool
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tangelolemon



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

both have their place. I mostly use the sucker. I use a soldapullt II. Other solder suckers I've tried... well... "sucked."
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Travst



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a Radio Shack sucker that works pretty well, all metal and spring-loaded. I haven't tried the braid and really should check it out.
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gkyhn



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never had much luck with the braid. Had a squeeze bulb sucker that was usless. I have a spring loaded one now and it works great. Cleans the terminals on a pot or jack with one or two shots. Like THIS one
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ID Crisis



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use a simple solder bulb for most guitar electronics. For more challenging situations I have a de-soldering iron which is like a soldering iron with a tube with a suction bulb at the end of it. Works great on PC boards. I sometimes supplement that with braid.
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Twelvebar



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys, i'll pick up a desoldering pump like the one Gkyhn linked.

Appreciate the advice. Almost all the soldering I have done recently has involved new parts, so I haven't done any real cleanup.
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Structo



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually the small aluminum ones really don't have that much suction.

The best one is the Soldapullt.

I have two , the PT 109 has the best suction.

http://www.edsyn.com/index.php?Mode=piw&pn=PT109
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Kregg



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like copper braid for desoldering PCB and a solder sucker when I am cleaning out pad holes or mechanical components.
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