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post #16 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-09-2012, 09:37 PM
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Re: Solderless pickups & other electronics

Originally Posted by SP2333 View Post
Why do Americans call it sodering when it's soldering.
Are you generalizing?
We call it soldering, too. You may have seen someone write sodering once, but it's still soldering.
Someone probably just typed it wrong.

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post #17 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-08-2013, 12:28 PM
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Re: Solderless pickups & other electronics

I think the primary issue here is that there isnt a universal plug solution. It is all dependent on your wiring setup. What if you don't want a tone knob? what if you want 2 volumes? what if you want a kill switch? what if you want to coil split? what if you want to wire it out of phase? How do you know what your switch should do. To remedy this, they would have to use one plug per wire. Anyone who has wired up an hsh will know that there are dozens of wires. this would require a whole mess of connections, eating up valuable cavity space. I know I like neat cable management. This would only cost a few dollars per guitar, but more than likely would just create more complication than help. I think it would be useful to wire yourself a connector if you know your setup and are just changing pickups often. Also, this would theoretically create more issues, since now you have a solder joint AND a plug connection.
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post #18 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-09-2013, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Solderless pickups & other electronics

If you don't want a tone knob, don't connect it in your chain, etc. More/less things connected together are just simple joiner/splitter adapters. You can switch polarity or whatever with different cables or small adapters. A plug per wire will work too, it's just a different cable type.

You can keep on soldering directly. The only difference is that pickups will have a socketed cable instead of hardwired.

I don't think plugs add more issues. Soldering problems would be less likely with soldering happening only once at the manufacturer's, and are the same (for a given pickup) regardless of the guitar circuit.

As for cables, they are cheap and easy to replace if you don't want to fix them. And it doesn't have to be soldered there, there are well established ways to hold wires in connectors.

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