which soldering iron

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  1. EXTRABLUE

    EXTRABLUE Strat-Talker

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    Ive never soldered before but need to join 2 wires to make them longer. I dont plan on doing any more soldering. What would be the best iron for this kind of work at about $20
     
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    The Weller with orange handle works good.

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    Looks like there a several with orange handles, I don’t know which wattage I have.
    Don’t use the one that looks like a gun with the trigger though!
     
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    what can you do with that sharp point. I dont know anything about soldering but I thought a chisel tip was for guitar work.
     
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    I read a lot of bad reviews on the 40 watt Weller but its priced right for me
     
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    I forgot to ask what kind of sloder, small amount cause its a 1 job experience
     
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    I also have a 40 watt Weller. The one with three LEDs for illumination. I found some non-Weller eBay .125” chisel tips that fit and work well.

    My go to is still the Stewmac $17 with .125” chisel tips.

    Conical tips work well for joining two bits of wire or wire to lug soldering. Chisels excel for soldering to the back of pots.
     
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    I’d gladly send you some if you provide a mailing address.

    I have a one pound spool of the good stuff - Kester 44 60/40. I’ll never use that much even if I live to be 200.
     
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    Um… they are decidedly red. :D
     
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    If it's just one wire, find somebody who has a setup, and bring it to them.
     
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    Soldering takes practice. I doubt you will get a good joint on the first try. Watch some videos and get the hang of it first.

    Soldering is a good skill for a guitarist to know. Why pay someone to swap pickups for you or fix a bad ground?

    I think you should get a decent iron. I agree about the StewMac one. It's a good unit to start with. To do a butt joint (soldering two wires together) you will also need a helping hand. It's a device with a couple alligator clips to hold the wires while you work. You also need a sponge and some brass wool to keep the iron clean so no imperfections get in the joint. Plus some shrink tubing to insulate the wire. Then practice on scrap wire until.you get a shiny joint you can't tug apart.
     
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    Joining two wires? Borrow one. Or get the cheapest. Even your basic made-in-china butane gas iron will get you out of trouble.

    If you are looking at something to keep your guitars done for life, get an 80W Weller soldering station with the graduated control knob/switch. Will do everything from fine pickup wires to pots to jacks to humbucker covers.
     
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    Also do not forget to keep your soldering iron tip soldered before you pack it away. As soon as the tip starts oxidising it won't work any more.
    I made that mistake and had to order a new tip.
    Best way to prep it before use and make sure it is loaded properly is to wrap some solder around the tip before you turn it on.
    I'd also recommend using the better quality solder.
     
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    Soldiering is technique as much as equipment.
    Just get a $10 stick iron off Amazon or Harbor Freight, 15w-40w range.
    Get a 'solder sucker' for under $10 to use if you want to redo a solder job
    Rosin-core solder
    You'll find more things to solder once you do it a few times.



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    One online site suggested this for guitar work, what do you think?
     
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    Practice, practice, practice.
     
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    Joining two wires is not rocket science. Tin both ends well. Join them together.. Done. Good to have those helping hand station for these.
    If you wanna be a real pro and make it look real pro, thread a heat shrinking tube before hand to seal the deal.
    If your wife has a hair dryer, that will do to shrink that tube.

    This is all you need if you are to do soldering on a regular basis.
    I would avoid the cheapest $10 irons.. Get something around $30-40


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    Get a pencil iron. And solder with flux.
     
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    If you get the stew Mac one you have to tack on $10 for shipping unless you're a member. You can definitely get something just as good at your local hardware store for under $27.

    However, if you really only need to join two wires I might just use a crimp connector with heat shrink tubing. A small pack of those will be less than $10.