Video: Proper Soldering Technique On An Electric Guitar

Knowing how to properly solder in an invaluable skill when it comes to the electric guitar and bass. Not only will this enable you to switch out critical components such as pickups and pots, but you'll also be able to quickly fix loose or broken wires without shelling out cash to a guitar tech.  Sure, soldering in general can sometimes be a very complicated job, especially when working with complex electronics that can contain very sensitive components. Luckily, the electric guitar is equipped with thick wires that connect to big terminals and components that are relatively difficult to damage. In the videos below, the guys over at Seymour Duncan will show you everything you’ll need to know on proper soldering including how to protect your guitar, how to solder to lugs, how to de-solder wires, how to clean contacts and how to solder to the back of a pot.


What You'll Need:

*40-Watt Soldering Iron

*Solder (Thinner is better than thicker for guitar work)

*Soldering Iron Stand

*Sponge (for cleanup)

Optional: tweezers, Needle-nosed liers, a solder pump and some solder braid.


Tinning A Wire


Soldering To A Lug




Soldering To A Pot

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4 thoughts on “Video: Proper Soldering Technique On An Electric Guitar”

  • Peter Mahoney

    Nice to see basic techniques addressed, however, it is clear that he hasn't embraced the Holy Mantra of making a good solder joint; that the 1st step in making a good ELECTRICAL connection is to make a good MECHANICAL connection. The purpose of the holes in the lugs is so that you can put the tinned wire through the hole, bend it back and use your pliers to squeeze it tight. Then it will not move while you apply heat to one side of the connection and solder to the other side, allowing the solder to melt and travel through the wire strands to reach the soldering iron tip. When you are connecting two (or more) wires together you want to twist them so they stay together. Then you apply heat to one side of the connection and solder to the other side, as mentioned for the lug connection.
    Basic soldering technique hasn't really changed much in the past 45 years, whether you're doing point to point wiring or for multi layer PCB's.

  • Doug

    Another technique used to join two wires is call "hook, cinch, solder". First properly tin the two wires slipping heat shrink if needed over one of the wires if it will be used. One both wires are tinned, using a needle nose wire you can pinch the tip of the wire an wrap it around the needle noose pliers about 1/2 way, repeat for the other wire. Once both have hooked ends, you can pinch the wire on either end to secure the two wires together. One wire folds over the other and cinches The using a soldering iron, you solder the two together. Clean the joint if using flux.Then slide the heat shrink back over the joint and melt it down covering the joint.

  • daniel lint

    Use small alligator clips between the iron's contact and any part you don't want to cook as a heat sink. But above all, and I can't stress this enough, use a GOOD QUALITY soldering iron!

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