Who taught this guy to solder..

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    The horror. The horror...
     
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    Are you all trying to tell me it isn't the melted plastic coating that holds the joints together? Hoodathunkit? (heh!)
     
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    Players get to that style of soldering when they have swapped a dozen pickups searching for 'the toanze'.

    Rework jobs are the hardest ones to make look Instagram Nice.

    You are trying to clean up the prior poor solder job, make a wiring change, fix faults, with wires that are extra short so you can't cut back to expose fresh wire, prior owner melted the insulation in several locations, or whatever, and it will look more like that example than the soldering done on fresh new parts with new wires using a known/vetted circuit diagram. Those are the solder pictures that easily look so very nice. Factory-clean solder jobs.

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    Well, as bad as that looks, as long as the circuit is electrically correct, the electrons don't care about neatness...
     
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    Man! That guy is worse than me:confused:
    He brings sloppy to a new level:rolleyes:
     
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    I bought an AS Strat off of reverb. The previous owner had glopped so much soldier on the pots, that I could not read the pot codes/dates. As the pots appeared to have been already changes, I bought new CTS 250K pots, and had my luthier install them, along with all new wiring and an orange drop capacitor.
     
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    Hopefully not a brain surgeon with a hobby.

    But let's all be kind - the person responsible may not have full use of their faculties. Poor vision, Parkinson's, etc. can make it difficult to enjoy a hobby such as this. If it was a professional guitar tech - shame, shame, shame...
     
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    I’ve seen so many like that…and I did the same kind of lousy work when I was a kid.
    Soldering isn’t difficult; it’s just physics. You don’t melt the solder with the iron, you use the iron to get the work hot enough to melt the solder. That’s why they used actual irons back in the day. It only takes a couple seconds to get a pot case hot enough to solder down ground wires with an iron, or a Strat trem spring claw plate.
     
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    You can’t unsee that. On the other hand it makes mine look like it was done by magic elves, so there’s that. :rolleyes:
     
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    I was going to say the same thing...
     
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    Damn, you should have added a NSFW to your post with a picture like that!
     
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    Good thing bad solder joints are easy to fix.
     
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    Wicking, bird cage, to much solder, etc. It's not so much the mess of flux left, but solder does not make a good mechanical connection. I learned to solder in a NASA soldering school, the right way. Clean joints, tin the wire, bend into a hook, hook it into the pots lug, crimp it tight, small dab of solder on the irons tip, touch it to both the lug and the crimped wire, add just enough solder to fill the hole, Done! Do all of this in a smooth confident manner (sorry, just had to say that, LOL), don't want the solder wickiing up the wire and melting the wires insulation. Moving the wire after doing that causes the strands to separate causing a 'bird cage' effect; just what it looks like.
     
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