My ancient soldering iron needs replacing and I figure an upgrade is in order.
Are the tips available only at Circuit Specialists? Or elsewhere?My current fav:
75-watts is awesome--heats fast. Replacement parts are inexpensive.
I think a good temperature controlled iron that can reach higher levels of heat is essential. You touch the joint for only a second or two and have a nice shiney solder joint. With these low power ones it takes much longer and people often post that they overheated their pots trying to ground them. Yes, I built a whole amp with a cheap iron but since I got my digital Weller, there is no going back. The build would have taken at least half as long. Perfect and neat joints in seconds. If you plan to solder to some degree it is a great investment..
$7 Harbor Freight soldering iron. You don't need anything more for doing guitar or amp work. The fancy temperature controlled soldering stations are necessary if you are doing surface mount boards or trying to fix a phone.
Make your own holder with some wire and a block of wood.
I make the coil a little larger diameter to make putting it away faster.
Also, look for the under $5 Solder Sucker on Amazon -- so you can fix prior owner soldering goofs when updating a guitar's electronics.