View Full Version : weird solder was used on my guitar and i cant heat it up... what is it?
03-21-2011, 04:17 PM
I bought a guitar with upgraded electronics and pots. I bought it a long time ago and never opened it up as I have too many guitars to keep track of. Anyways, I took the back off and it looks like silver grey solder. Very dull looking. I can't heat it up to do anything with it. It just gets sticky.
What is it and what can I do to remove it?
03-21-2011, 04:27 PM
Where do you live?
It may be lead free solder which is the bollocks............
03-21-2011, 04:31 PM
Probably silver solder.
03-21-2011, 05:39 PM
My Dad once had a 'tube' of solder, came out liquid or gooey, like glue. Maybe that stuff?
03-21-2011, 05:47 PM
I'd guess silver solder. It will require more heat to flow.
03-21-2011, 08:36 PM
Ran across that myself once. I used my special soldering iron (80 Watts I think) that I normally only break out to solder to heavy tremolo claws. That did the trick.
03-21-2011, 08:41 PM
What's the wattage of your soldering iron?
03-21-2011, 11:24 PM
very low... whatever the lowest you can get at radio shack! And when I try to clean the tip it comes off silver so that would make sense. What wattage do I need? There is a mess in here. I would have a lot to clean up and I honestly dont know how to clean up solder. I bought a sucky thing from radio shack but it doesnt work well at all.
03-21-2011, 11:30 PM
I just found this thread:
He says he uses silver solder... well that has a shine in the pictures. What I have in mine is dull, flat looking. No shine.
03-21-2011, 11:48 PM
I've seen regular rosin core have a dull grey look....It has to be the low wattage of your iron. Get a higher wattage iron and some braid. Also, make sure your tip is clean and tinned. They guy might have applied it with a dirty iron. When I first started soldering a few years ago, my joints were ALL dull looking!
Can you post a pic of the offending cavity and it's contents, I'd like to see what you're referring to if possible.
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