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So my pickups fell apart...

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by tplyons, Jun 3, 2005.

  1. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    My '78 P-bass, I plugged in today, and it was dead. Played about twelve hours prior and it worked fine, no battery, no nothing. I checked cables, amp, and I swore up and down it wasn't my bass. Guess what, it was.

    I pulled the thing apart, the leads soldered to the pickup came undone. Darn that acidic solder, it had to fail me when I really wanted to play.

    So I soldered the things back together, good as new, but there goes the collector value. Not like it had much, all original except for the wire between the two pickup halves. It's red now because that's the only cable I had.

    Even with a passive bass, this is why I'll bring a backup.
  2. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    Bummer. Carey warned me about that when I put in my Nordies.

  3. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Well, I fixed it up, works fine now, but I was surprised how randomly and spontaneously it happened.
  4. fenderx55


    Jan 15, 2005
    h/o- what kind of solder is acidic and why? ... more for curiosity than anything else i'm afraid to solder anything on my bass.
  5. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    A lot of older solder is acidic in nature.
  6. Even the rosin core solder?

    Not being smartass (not much, anyway).... I really assumed it wasn't acidic since the alternative for plumbing is acid core solder.


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