Replacing pickups: is this OK?

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Replacing pickups: is this OK?

Post by reiger » Fri Jan 31, 2020 3:23 pm

I wanted to experiment with replacing the pickups in my guitar. After some reading, I found out everywhere that I needed 60-40 rosin core for this. However, I couldn't find this anywhere, so I bought this instead:
https://bergqvist.woody.se/utrustning/h ... 19-520-508
Thickness 1 mm, like the photo with the tube.

I have never soldered before, and my knowledge is therefore very limited. Is this solder something I can / may use for replacing pickups?

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Re: Replacing pickups: is this OK?

Post by bodhi » Sat Feb 01, 2020 3:38 am

I'm not an electrical engineer, but based on my own somewhat limited experience, that should be fine. It's a 60-40 leaded solder with some sort of flux in it, so it'll do the expected thing fairly easily. The only thing is that the gauge is 2mm, which is fairly heavy, so it'll melt a bit slower than something thinner. I had some beginner electronics kit provide a 0.6mm leaded solder which was really easy to use.

Wouldn't worry too much about it, wires in guitars are cheap and replaceable, assuming the wires from the pickups themselves are long enough it shouldn't really be that big of a deal to even cut some of it off if required. Though you probably should just melt and clean away the solder if necessary.

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Re: Replacing pickups: is this OK?

Post by timtam » Sat Feb 01, 2020 4:29 am

Something around 1mm would be 'average' for guitar work. Guitar work is not exactly fine soldering, like PCB work, where you use finer pointed tips and finer gauges. But nor do you really want higher gauge solder that's going to flow a lot of solder onto the joint quickly. So 1mm and a medium spade tip make a nice balance of not so fine that you have to feed a lot of it to get a decent sized joint, but not so large that you have to get in and out really quickly so that you don't flow too much solder into a typical guitar solder joint.

That Stannol HS10 is 60/40 flux cored which is fine.
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Re: Replacing pickups: is this OK?

Post by ChrisDesign » Sat Feb 08, 2020 10:08 pm

timtam wrote:
Sat Feb 01, 2020 4:29 am
Something around 1mm would be 'average' for guitar work. Guitar work is not exactly fine soldering, like PCB work, where you use finer pointed tips and finer gauges. But nor do you really want higher gauge solder that's going to flow a lot of solder onto the joint quickly. So 1mm and a medium spade tip make a nice balance of not so fine that you have to feed a lot of it to get a decent sized joint, but not so large that you have to get in and out really quickly so that you don't flow too much solder into a typical guitar solder joint.

That Stannol HS10 is 60/40 flux cored which is fine.
Yep. Watch some YouTube videos a. Soldering is easy, but make sure you heat up both metal parts so they both melt the solder and form a bond. Solder is not glue.
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Re: Replacing pickups: is this OK?

Post by windmill » Sat Feb 08, 2020 10:28 pm

Make sure you practice several times by joining some bits of wire together before you try and do it with your pickups.


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Re: Replacing pickups: is this OK?

Post by ChrisDesign » Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:50 pm

These devices help a lot. It holds your wires and components in place, freeing your hands to hold the iron and solder. Well worth the money!

Hi-Spec Helping Third Hand Soldering Station Magnifier with 2X Magnification Glass Lens, 2 Rotating Hands, Soldering Stand and Cleaning Sponge for Soldering, Electronics, Hobby & Craft https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00NY8YBAA/ ... pEbRYZRX07
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