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Looking for good soldering iron for guitar work

Discussion in 'The DIY Tool Shed' started by jamieorc, Jan 2, 2018.

  1. jamieorc

    jamieorc Tele-Meister

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    Apr 22, 2011
    Virginia
    I've been through a few. Currently have the Weller with 3 LEDs. Not sure if it's the 25 or 40 watt. It's fine for wires and switch/pot tips, but on pot bodies, it's terrible. Also, the tip is going away really fast. Using with non-lead solder.

    Cheers,

    Jamie
     

  2. mtjo62

    mtjo62 Tele-Holic

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  3. JuneauMike

    JuneauMike Tele-Afflicted

    May 5, 2015
    Alaska
    Yeah, a solder station would be overkill but also great to own. And if you aren't asking too much from it than a cheap one would be fine.

    But I'm surprised that your 40watt soldering iron doesn't do the trick. You have to use a larger chisel head soldering tip, but that should work fine if its just for guitars and only occasionally.

    And agree with mtjo, leaded solder works much better.
     

  4. koolaide

    koolaide Tele-Holic

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    Oct 11, 2009
    south carolina
    I say buy a Hanko. But.... I love tools, and I am the king of Overkill.

    Cheers.
     
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  5. Brendan

    Brendan Tele-Meister

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    Hakko FX-888D. About,$99 at Frys and sometimes on sale for $89. I've had mine for 3 years and it gets a lot of use. I highly recommend it. It will probably outlast me
     

  6. nsmith01tx

    nsmith01tx TDPRI Member

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    Apr 23, 2012
    Austin, TX
    I see good deals on Hakko 936’s on EBay quite often. Very good adjustable temp soldering irons.
     

  7. warrent

    warrent Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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  8. Blue Bill

    Blue Bill Friend of Leo's Ad Free + Supporter

    Feb 15, 2014
    Maine
    Look for a Weller TC202 station, with a TC201 iron. You can find them used for $30 - $60. I've used mine for 30 years, it works great for soldering to the back of pots, general wiring, cables, etc.

    tc202d.jpg
     
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  9. jamieorc

    jamieorc Tele-Meister

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    Apr 22, 2011
    Virginia
    Thanks, everyone. (Leaded solder works better, but... lead.)
     

  10. Joe Sailor

    Joe Sailor Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 18, 2011
    Longmont, CO
    I had thought that a soldering station was overkill and used soldering irons for years.
    Boy, was I ever wrong. Got a used Blue Point off CL for $30 and now I look forward to soldering things!
    My bro bought a cheap station from Amazon and is very happy with it.
     

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