I suck at soldering!!!
Well, if you're working on guitars, you are probably soldering wires together. *Here are some tips that will get you started, but practice is the key (you may even want to take some plain wires and play around a while):
1. *Wait for your soldering iron to heat up (be patient)
2. *Use a wet sponge to clean the tip off (it'll sizzle when it's hot)
3. *Tin the tip. *This means applying a little bit of solder to it. *(Does anyone else do this?)
4. *Twist the wires together and make sure that they don't come apart when you touch them.
5. *Using the tip of the iron, heat up the metal of the wires.
6. *Apply solder to the METAL, not the iron. *The flux inside the solder will wick the solder into the braids and connections. *(Let the heated metal melt the solder, not the iron.)
7. *Make sure to wipe off the tip on the wet sponge after every solder joint you do. *You want to keep it clean.
Hope this helps - Andy