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Lead Free Solder Tone Change....

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by TmyBmore, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. GoldDeluxe5E3

    GoldDeluxe5E3 Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Aug 5, 2015
    Concord CA
    That's why I moved.

  2. WetBandit

    WetBandit Tele-Holic

    Oct 11, 2016
    What I really want to know is, did you make sure and dehumidifie your workspace prior to soldering?

    Moisture in the air can form tone coloring corrosion in your solder joints...

    It will make the guitar sound super "liquidy"

    If you didn't take these preventative measures there is a solution though extremely costly and rare...

    Aerosol, Cheetah blood...

    Open the control cavity and just spray several thin coats...

    It will work, trust me, I'm a guitar player.
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2017
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  3. Blue Bill

    Blue Bill Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free + Supporter

    Feb 15, 2014
    Yeah, I tried that new gluten-free solder. I didn't really hear a difference, but I feel do morally superior about it, and it's a great way to annoy my friends.

  4. archetype

    archetype More tone than talent Ad Free + Supporter

    Jun 4, 2005
    Williamsville NY
    Am I the only one who noticed the tinny pun?
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  5. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Friend of Leo's

    Apr 3, 2015
    Winchester, VA
    Notice how everybody has celiac disease these days?
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  6. TmyBmore

    TmyBmore Tele-Meister

    Jul 10, 2016
    Is it available on Amazon?

  7. WetBandit

    WetBandit Tele-Holic

    Oct 11, 2016
    Unfortunately no, you have to go through a boutique dealer in West Africa.

    Then you gotta get past customs.

    Tell them it's heart medication for your aching back.

  8. xafinity

    xafinity Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Dec 24, 2015
    my Mom's basement
    "Is it available on Amazon?"
    Oh contrare, I bought some on Wednesday and by the weekend I had celiac disease
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  9. TmyBmore

    TmyBmore Tele-Meister

    Jul 10, 2016
    Ah, boutique....Damn it! Now I'm gassing for Aerosol Cheetah Blood!

  10. WetBandit

    WetBandit Tele-Holic

    Oct 11, 2016

    Guaranteed to make you play faster,sound meaner and more ferocious.

  11. teleamp

    teleamp Poster Extraordinaire

    Oct 17, 2006
    Prairie Hill, Texas
    I agree with the poster that said you mighght have wired a pickup out of phase... Remember solder is just the glue, it has no bearing on tone...

    edit to add; One thing to keep in mind is that it is hard to see a cold solder joint with lead free solder, could that be your problem?
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2017

  12. Modman68

    Modman68 Tele-Holic

    Mar 27, 2011
    La mesa
    The solder type doesn't matter... but what the real pro's don't tell you is that post solder treatments are critical for optimal tone transmission.

    Because the solder is melted at high heat to flow into the joints, the alignment of the lead or silver atoms becomes disjointed, leading to phasing problems with your signal.

    The solution is the transmission of continuous high frequency signal through the pickups for an extended amount of time to re-align the small atomic latticework.

    In my tests, 24 hours of cheap trick at buddokan played in my iPhone with the speakers at the pickup resulted in an increase of .025db in highs above 7.8k. Additional highs above 20k were revealed playing the remastered version.

    If you feel your sound is too bright to begin with, alter the method as follows. 48 hours of the MC5's first album played loudly through your home stereo speaker. Again...loudly. It will not be necessary to hold the pickup near the speaker. You will experience a softening of response in the highs with some complex steady-state upper harmonics that persist even when the guitar is not played.
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  13. soulgeezer

    soulgeezer Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 5, 2006
    Sinatra's World
    Directional solder? I knew it!

  14. flyingbanana

    flyingbanana Poster Extraordinaire

    One time, I bought a 10lb roll of lead solder from the 50's on Ebay. I don't have to worry about crappy 1 directional tin solder ever.

    Attached Files:

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  15. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 13, 2013
    Initech, Inc.
    Was the lead-free solder made in China?
    If so, there's you're problem. You should be using MIA or at least MIM solder.
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  16. Bakeacake08

    Bakeacake08 Tele-Meister

    Jul 23, 2016
    I'll only wire pickups during a waning gibbous . . . That seems to be the best phase for it.
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  17. TmyBmore

    TmyBmore Tele-Meister

    Jul 10, 2016
    It was Russian. What will that do?
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  18. TmyBmore

    TmyBmore Tele-Meister

    Jul 10, 2016
    As it turns out it was the last night of the waning gibbous moon!
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  19. Guran

    Guran Friend of Leo's

    Mar 20, 2007
    Now when the guitar is lead-free you can only use it for rhythm. If you want to play lead you will need another guitar.

    Hm, maybe that was the purpouse?
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  20. skippolony

    skippolony Tele-Meister

    Mar 30, 2015
    Liverpool. UK.
    Is your solder on a reel or in one of those tubes ?
    If it's on a reel it has more chance of being contaminated ;)
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