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Induction pickup soldering difficulties

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig Nov 3, 2018. 13 Replies

Hi everyone,I've made a couple of induction pickups like the ones in the first set of images in this discussion: …Continue

Tags: pickups, induction

Gluing question

Started this discussion. Last reply by JL Apr 12, 2017. 21 Replies

I'm building a CBG with a reinforced neck.  I routed a channel down the neck and used epoxy to put a square steel tube inside, and I plan to glue a fingerboard over it.  Because I'm a bit clumsy,…Continue

Magnetic pickup mounting

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wayfinder Jul 10, 2016. 11 Replies

Hi everyone,I recently built my first proper CBG, using a neck-on-top design.  I'm hoping to add a magnetic pickup, and I'll probably either buy a Flatpup (…Continue

 

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Paul Craig replied to Mark Betzhold's discussion Induction pickup soldering difficulties
"If you can find a container of rosin, get it. It will help the solder flow evenly and melt at lower temps."
Nov 3, 2018
Paul Craig replied to Mark Betzhold's discussion Induction pickup soldering difficulties
"I used to get TV/Electronics Rosin Core Solder back in the 90's that had a bit more rosin in it than what you get these days and it was super easy to solder things. EPA rules came into play and now the % of rosin is less."
Nov 3, 2018
Christopher G Daniels replied to Mark Betzhold's discussion Induction pickup soldering difficulties
"Just spent last summer re-learning soldering after, like, 30 years. One of the reasons instructors and guides are constantly repeating the advice about heating the contacts is because it's so damn tempting to cheat a little and put heat…"
Nov 3, 2018
Jerry Jordan replied to Mark Betzhold's discussion Induction pickup soldering difficulties
"I used to solder wiring and PC boards for a living.,.,a good soldering Iron helps, and I like the 700 to 850 degree range temp wise.,.,.I used to use a 40 watt non-adjustable type with good results.,.,tinning is a good idea.,.,they also have liquid…"
Oct 29, 2018
BrianQ. replied to Mark Betzhold's discussion Induction pickup soldering difficulties
"Yes , it sounds like you’re lacking wattage, I always recommend getting a temperature controlled unit if you’re doing a lot of different soldering. They could be a lifesaver "
Oct 28, 2018
Mark Betzhold replied to Mark Betzhold's discussion Induction pickup soldering difficulties
"I've thought about that, although it does seem a little sketchy.  Do you think that would be a safety/fire hazard?"
Oct 28, 2018
Mark Betzhold replied to Mark Betzhold's discussion Induction pickup soldering difficulties
"I'm leaning towards a higher wattage iron.  From what I've read, it seems like a good investment."
Oct 28, 2018
Mark Betzhold replied to Mark Betzhold's discussion Induction pickup soldering difficulties
"You're definitely right about that.  I've done enough soldering to be reasonably comfortable with it, but I'm certainly not an expert.  I'll just have to keep at it."
Oct 28, 2018
Mark Betzhold replied to Mark Betzhold's discussion Induction pickup soldering difficulties
"I've actually been doing that (I probably should've mentioned that initially).  It definitely helps, but it still takes a while to heat the parts enough to tin them.  I think I might just need to spring for a better-quality…"
Oct 28, 2018
darryl kernaghan replied to Mark Betzhold's discussion Induction pickup soldering difficulties
"Mark, you might find it helps to "tin" the large wire with solder before you bring it to the lugs, a good layer of solder, also tin the lugs prior as well, then you just need to heat the 2 tinned items enough for the solder to flow between…"
Oct 28, 2018
Paul Craig replied to Mark Betzhold's discussion Induction pickup soldering difficulties
"The high heat soldering irons can cook what your soldering if held on too long. Some heavy duty soldering irons have 2 settings and 1 being a quick high heat setting that will heat up fast to avoid damage, but they are often big and hard to do small…"
Oct 28, 2018
BrianQ. replied to Mark Betzhold's discussion Induction pickup soldering difficulties
"Higher wattage soldering iron, or mini torch?"
Oct 27, 2018
Korrigan replied to Mark Betzhold's discussion Induction pickup soldering difficulties
"Maybe pre-heating the copper wire with a torch would help?"
Oct 27, 2018
Mark Betzhold posted a discussion

Induction pickup soldering difficulties

Hi everyone,I've made a couple of induction pickups like the ones in the first set of images in this discussion: https://cigarboxnation.com/forum/topics/induction-pickup-thread-reconstructed?id=2592684%3ATopic%3A2850716&page=1#commentsThey seem to work well, but it's difficult to solder the parts together.  I'm finding that I have to hold my soldering…See More
Oct 27, 2018
JL replied to Mark Betzhold's discussion Gluing question
"A related idea, glue some side rails to the neck like shane showed in one of his videos, he makes the neck 3x wide around the point where the pickup is cut in, so its like a pocket instead of a thin spot."
Apr 12, 2017
ChickenboneJohn replied to Mark Betzhold's discussion Gluing question
"This little sketch  might help show how to avoid the problem in future."
Apr 6, 2017

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