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Soldering Help

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Tedward, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. I have noticed that the cases on the Alpha pots are getting harder to solder to. Is there aluminum in the metal they use?

  2. BassLife77


    Nov 13, 2009
    San Diego
    they put some weird coating on them. I buy alphas all the time. I use a dremel and lightly sand off the coating.
  3. Clouz

    Clouz The Ayatollah of Jack and Cola

    Jan 26, 2013
    i always sand the pots just to rough them up so solder adheres better. never knew about the coating.
  4. I have always scuffed the surface to remove any oxidation but, still find it difficult to solder with the new ones. It doesn't want to flow. Some times I feel that will damage the wafer from too much heat.

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  6. BassLife77


    Nov 13, 2009
    San Diego
    had the same problem with alphas I got recently. I think its a coating they put on them. I use a dremel with a stone bit to gently grind it off. then a glob of solder sticks to it easily
  7. Thanks for the help


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