Knowing how to properly solder in an invaluable skill when it comes to the electric guitar and bass. Not only will this enable you to switch out critical components such as pickups and pots, but you'll also be able to quickly fix loose or broken wires without shelling out cash to a guitar tech.  Sure, soldering in general can sometimes be a very complicated job, especially when working with complex electronics that can contain very sensitive components. Luckily, the electric guitar is equipped with thick wires that connect to big terminals and components that are relatively difficult to damage. In the videos below, the guys over at Seymour Duncan will show you everything you’ll need to know on proper soldering including how to protect your guitar, how to solder to lugs, how to de-solder wires, how to clean contacts and how to solder to the back of a pot.

 

What You'll Need:

*40-Watt Soldering Iron

*Solder (Thinner is better than thicker for guitar work)

*Soldering Iron Stand

*Sponge (for cleanup)

Optional: tweezers, Needle-nosed liers, a solder pump and some solder braid.

 

Tinning A Wire

 

Soldering To A Lug

 

Desoldering

 

Soldering To A Pot

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