Tricks of the trade

Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by DrBeGood, Jul 5, 2019.

  1. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Squier-Axpert

    Dec 12, 2009
    Swanton Ohio
    If I'm reading your question correctly, I use a popsicle stick to hold a wire to the pot. while soldering ...Or any wood piece..
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  2. RetiredNSquired

    RetiredNSquired Squier-holic

    Jun 20, 2018
    Canton, Ga
    Like that one a lot, gonna try it on my Special! Thanks.
  3. drneilmb

    drneilmb Squier-Meister

    Jun 8, 2019
    Iowa, USA
    If you mean that soldering a round braid to a flat surface is difficult, you are completely right. What I do with the braid on coax cables is to unravel it, then twist the unravelled strands together into a little "tail". Then, tin the tail with solder. Then solder the tail onto the case. I've done this hundreds of times with RF connections in homemade radio equipment.

    Most difficulties with soldering wires are improved if you tin the wire and THEN solder it onto something.
  4. DrBeGood

    DrBeGood Squier-holic

    Dec 9, 2014
    Sutton QC, CANADA
    I'll edit my message to use a flat head bolt. If you feel a lot of resistance while screwing down, then look for the widest head on a screw that will fit the bushing hole.
  5. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Squier-holic

    Nov 24, 2018
    RC addiction....
    E and G, "E"cellent "G"round :D
  6. TimTheViking

    TimTheViking Squier-holic

    I do almost exactly the same thing. I cut the braid up the wire a bit then pop the wire out. Then I twist the braid into a strand, tin it and solder it.
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  7. Stratlover84

    Stratlover84 Squier-Nut

    Jun 16, 2016
    NY - EC
    Awesome post! I read the first one and thought how great it is when one thread inspires another ;)
  8. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Squier-holic

    Nov 24, 2018
    RC addiction....
    Just finished this up a few minutes ago and by using a guitar string for the ground its really looks a lot cleaner and less clutter.
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  9. Loin Lover

    Loin Lover Squier-holic

    Jul 26, 2018
    Backwoods, USA
    Never heard of this, thanks. It oughtta change the tone. 9s or 10s? ;)
  10. oneLOCOman

    oneLOCOman Squier-holic

    Oct 2, 2018
    Tin the braid like the Viking said. I also sand a small spot on the pot and put a small dab of solder then I just touch the braid to the dab and solder.

  11. ElRey67

    ElRey67 Squier-holic

    Jan 10, 2016
    Chandler, AZ
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2019
  12. surf green

    surf green Squier-holic

    Jul 15, 2014
    Best neck pocket shim, side to side, up or down, Birch Veneer edging tape is easy to use, works perfect, and is near invisible. This sh-- is like duct tape for guitar necks. Even KenMo could use it. 815EGXP+HfL._SY741_.jpg
  13. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Squier-holic

    Nov 24, 2018
    RC addiction....
    ^^ Great idea, never thought of that.
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2019
  14. SoundDesign

    SoundDesign Squier-holic

    I actually avoid "vintage" braided pups for this reason. Give me a ground and hot wire any day!
  15. Biddlin

    Biddlin Squier-Meister

    Apr 15, 2019
    SACRAMENTO. Ca usas
    Thanks for sharing this (and a good version of it, too.) I will just add that setup is like being fitted for a suit of clothes and if you can do it while you are holding the guitar as you will be playing it, it will be a better fit.
  16. VealCutlet

    VealCutlet Squier-holic

    Aug 9, 2011
    Brookyn, NYC
    I haven't tried this, but this appears to be a similar approach to your solution.
  17. Conghaille

    Conghaille Squier-holic

    Jul 12, 2016
    One “trick” I like is, especially for new instruments, with a bolt-on neck, the neck heel might not making full contact with the body. While the instrument is strung, and supporting the neck joint with your hand, loosen the neck bolts by a quarter turn. Sometimes I’ve seen a small shift...and a couple times a bigger pop as the tension of the strings pull the neck into the body. The basic idea is that the bolts hold the neck by pressing front to back, not nut to bridge. While the impact can be minor, it can improve neck stability, resonance, and potentially get scale length to be more precise (one should measure, of course.) If scale length is correct to begin with, and there is a gap, then your looking at a little more work to create a spacer of some kind.
  18. DrBeGood

    DrBeGood Squier-holic

    Dec 9, 2014
    Sutton QC, CANADA
    Several vidéos on that approach, but you need all that stuff, you can scratch the finish doing it that way and you don't see what you're doing. If, like Conghaille said, my small bolt method doesn't work, then maybe use this one.
  19. Davis Sharp

    Davis Sharp Dr. Squier

    Jan 7, 2016
    Maryland, USA
    Thanks for this tip. Do you take a heat gun or hair dryer to it? It doesn't seem like an iron will fit the pocket easily.

    Also, and you knew this was coming, is birch a better tone veneer than maple or cherry? :)
  20. Loin Lover

    Loin Lover Squier-holic

    Jul 26, 2018
    Backwoods, USA
    Very nice, clean job. What temp or wattage soldering iron do you use?