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Gun or iron?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Gander, Mar 7, 2003.

  1. Gander


    Jun 5, 2002
    Hi, I'm installing EMG P/J active pickups in a project bass, which requires a small amount of soldering. I read an article once(don't remember where) that said that you should use a soldering iron for pickup work because a soldering gun could damage the electronics. I have a dual heat soldering gun (260/200w) that I would like to use for the project. Should I use the gun or buy a soldering iron? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Paul A

    Paul A

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hertfordshire U.K!
    :eek: 200 watts? - get a 20 watt iron!
  3. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    DON'T USE THE GUN!!!!!

    You stand a VERY good chance of destroying those EMGs! Go get a small iron...

    Of course, the exception to this is if you unplug the pickups from the harness before you solder.
  4. chucko58


    Jan 17, 2002
    Silicon Valley, CA, USA
    I paid for all my gear myself. Well, me and MasterCard.
    A $10 (OK, $15 due to inflation) soldering pencil from Rat Shack should do the job.

    Save the big gun for soldering to large, heavy pieces of metal - like the ground wire attachment to the bridge.
  5. 5stringDNA


    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    Yah I agree with these guys..I use a big honkin Soldering gun when I converted my EMG's to an 18 volt circuit and almost burnt it all to a crisp, but not quite,!:D
  6. Gander


    Jun 5, 2002
    Thanks a bunch, guys. I'm off to Radio Shack.
  7. Gander


    Jun 5, 2002
    Did adding the extra 9 volt battery do anything for the EMG's?
  8. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    Just so you know, guns are mainly used to solder water pipes.

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