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 Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

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