Originally Posted by JohnK24
I've soldered at least 6 sets of pups into my tele and during an experiment with different cap values a few weeks ago I noticed a drop in output and fullness in my tele. I don't have a powerful solder iron and I'm wondering if applying so much heat to melt the solder over time as killed the pot and affected the tone ? My iron is 25 watts, if that means anything.
Yes. too much heat can and will destroy a pot. I posted in a different thread about killing several pots when I first strated changing pups back in the 70's. I had no inkling of the proper way to solder ( probably still don't! ) and had a heck of time getting the solder to stick to the pot. I was fortunate enough to have someone come in the store as I was killing yet another and he told me I needed to scratch the pot's surface for better adhesion and invest in something called flux! Still, I couldn't figure out why my pots wouldn't work!
Even though I've changed out probably 50-60 pickups and as many pots and wiring harnesses, I am by no means an expert....but, I do belive a 25 watt gun is still powerful enough to kill a pot.
Hopefully, someone who actually knows will post.