Previous owner glued the speaker wires to the speaker.

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  1. yahooer21

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    The previous owner of my 1971 Fender Super Reverb seems to have glued the speaker wires to the terminals on the speaker preventing any of the speakers from being disconnected. One of the speakers has also been forcefully disconnected, meaning the wire came loose from the metal connector causing it to be difficult to reconnect. Any tips on removing glue from these metal surfaces?
     
  2. Dacious

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    If they're superglued, you can try a drop of acetone. Also a heat gun if he's used some sort of hotmelt glue. A soldering iron may work, too.
     
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    Plumber's torch?...VERY CAREFULLY......
     
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    You may want to cover the exposed speaker cone in case the glue drips.
     
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    pics? removal depends on what kind of glue was used, if it's CA aka Superglue, you probably can just scrape it off, cured CA turns to plastic.
    If it's silicone or elmers, I don't know what to suggest.
    I've never heard of gluing wires to speaker terminals, guess that goes in the "there I fixed it " files.
     
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    He was out of duct tape
     
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    it happens. His wire was falling off the terminal. instead of doing the correct procedure and crimping the connection he screwed you over.
     
  8. yahooer21

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    Here are some close-up pics of the wires, its hard to see but there is some sort of yellow residue on the terminals.

    The amp is far from original, at some point it was housed in a new cabinet, the baffle and wiring harness are aftermarket. These are original Emminence speakers.

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    you have a second lug on that connection, why do you don 't use that?
     
  10. Ringo

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    yep what he said, just put some new clips on the wires and use the other set of speaker lugs , I can't tell for sure but it kinda looks like the other clips are soldered onto the speaker lugs?
     
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    It's actually possible the clips are soldered on to the lugs and the yellow stuff is crud or corrosion-the clips are not moving at all even after a treatment with acetone. Looks like i'll have to use the other speaker lugs. Thanks all!
     
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    Yep - clip the old wires off and use those clean connections on the 2nd tab.

    I'm not sure I'm seeing glue - looks like old solder flux and some corrosion, to me. They may have been crimped AND soldered. That would certainly make for a solid connection.

    I would just use the alternate tabs on those.
     
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    Heat them up with a soldering iron and see what happens or just use the other lugs.
     
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    The speakers themselves are not the cleanest-there is corrosion on the backs and the speaker domes have been pushed in or dented-so i'm not bothered with leaving the old clips in place and attaching new clips to the second lugs. Either way i'm taking the amp to a tech at the end of the month for a checkup, so i'm not too concerned with making it perfect as long as its safe.
     
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    That def looks like solder residue to me as well.
     
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    The corrosion on the speaker frames isn't really a big deal , neither are dents in the dust covers.
    As long as the speakers sound good that's all that matters.
     
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    I'd get it hot with a soldering iron, and see what it does.
     
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    Those are definitely soldered on. The correct way to deal with it would be a soldering iron and a solder sucker, followed by desoldering braid.
     
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    Soldered.
    It's good insurance.
    Knock a push-on spade terminal off with the power cord or vibrato/reverb pedal and you could fry your OT when you turn the amp on.
    I solder them.
     
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