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Old 10-16-2017, 12:45 PM   #21
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I would not use a soldering gun anywhere near a guitar pickup. It uses a magnetic field that can degauss the pickup magnets.

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I have an old Weller iron with a trigger that was my dads at one time. It heats up fast and you don't have to remember to unplug it to turn it off. It also heats up the pots chassis quick enough to allow a good solder joint without overheating and melting the insides.

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Who'd have gaussed?

While I understand the premise of this info, I'm going to file it with the tone wood debate. I think, unless you directly target the pickup magnet for an extended period of time, using a soldering gun for 45 seconds to wire pickups or switches shouldn't cause any discernible difference in magnet energy or tone.
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Who'd have gaussed?

While I understand the premise of this info, I'm going to file it with the tone wood debate. I think, unless you directly target the pickup magnet for an extended period of time, using a soldering gun for 45 seconds to wire pickups or switches shouldn't cause any discernible difference in magnet energy or tone.
Using a soldering gun to work on a guitar is like doing open-heart surgery with a butter knife! Attitudes like that are what keeps us good techs in business---cleaning up the mess after some hack screws it up!
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Calling me a hack?
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Calling me a hack?
I'll back you up on this one, but only because you got the cooler name haha
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I'll back you up on this one, but only because you got the cooler name haha
YEAH!

Us hacks..err..um..I mean gentlemanly types gots to stick together.

Don't ever lean your guitars against your amp..can't trust those speaker magnets..
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I agree with Z. Wolf, I've been in electronics my whole adult life, never seen any soldering device have the power to undue a permanent magnet.
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I don't buy the magnet theory either, and I didn't mean to hurt you feelings, but soldering guns are for fixing toasters---not guitars!
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I don't buy the magnet theory either, and I didn't mean to hurt you feelings, but soldering guns are for fixing toasters---not guitars!
For small components, I agree on that too. Over wattage can ruin components. I've screwed up pots before getting them too hot, although, if you 'know your device' you can get in and get out with the heat quickly if it's a hotter 'pen'.....
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There's plenty of Internet speculation about this but little in the way of hard facts.

The combination of a strong magnetic field, heat and close proximity to the pickup certainly carries a risk of degaussing the magnet(s). How much risk and how much degaussing, IDK. More than zero.

Soldering a pot 3" away is very different from soldering on the pickup or the cover directly. I had to remove a jumper on my neck pickup to use a 4-way switch. The tip of the iron was 1/4" from the magnet. *Maybe* a solder gun would have been fine but I'm not taking that risk.

The speaker magnet is unlikely to cause any degaussing because of the distance. I don't have the math to get solid numbers but the distances where they would interact are pretty small. Perhaps 1/2", maybe 1"?

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Don't ever lean your guitars against your amp..can't trust those speaker magnets..
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