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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-31-2011, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
 
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Serenity Solderless kits!

I am really bad at soldering, so I wanted to find a solderless kit. It wasn't a quick find, as I can't find anyone else talking about this kit. Its expensive, 70-80$ but you get alot of options. Youll just have have look for yourself. http://www.toneshapers.com/Webpage.aspx?WebpageId=71 . Def interested in this kit and I plan on getting at least 2. To fix the wiring issues in my 2 squier stagemasters.
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Re: Serenity Solderless kits!

No thanks.
I really don't know how somebody could be bad at soldering, it takes 5 seconds to put a wire over something and solder it.
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Re: Serenity Solderless kits!

Um, it doesn't exactly work that way when all of your solder joints go cold and you fry your pots out because it didnt take 5 seconds to melt the solder, the solder simply wouldn't melt.
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That explains why you're bad at soldering
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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-01-2011, 12:17 AM
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Re: Serenity Solderless kits!

Hate to jump on the bashing train, but $80 switch on a $200 guitar?

I dont get people fear of soldering, even if you messed up and burned a pot, you can replace it 10 times for what the kit costs
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Hate to jump on the bashing train, but $80 switch on a $200 guitar?

I dont get people fear of soldering, even if you messed up and burned a pot, you can replace it 10 times for what the kit costs
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Maybe this could help.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLfXXRfRIzY
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Re: Serenity Solderless kits!

If the solder won't melt, then you most likely didn't season/care for your tip correctly. I was having the same problems before I learned the correct thing to do.

Watch this video, it shows what you should do to a new tip before you use it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFXYpxYrvyI

Also, what kind of solder are you using? Don't use that cheap **** that comes with the soldering iron.
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Re: Serenity Solderless kits!

I thought I was really bad at soldering for years and was scared to do it. Turns out I just always had crappy soldering irons. Once I got a decent soldering iron I found it to be pretty easy.
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Re: Serenity Solderless kits!

1) use a decent iron
2) season the tips
3) order some lead solder and forget the rosin junk.

For something that you may need to solder and unsolder multiple times, rosin core solder is not the thing to use. Lead solder works much better and is easier to use. It's just a little pricey and harder to get a hold of.
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Re: Serenity Solderless kits!

If you need to solder and unsolder multiple times with rosin core solder, a desoldering braid is a must.

http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2062744
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Re: Serenity Solderless kits!

All I can say is that I think its a cool modification, and I don't have to worry about buzzing and grounding issues, so its worth it to me.
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All I can say is that I think its a cool modification, and I don't have to worry about buzzing and grounding issues, so its worth it to me.
I still think it's a cool idea and perfect if you're like me and like trying new pickups frequently. However, their price is a little ridiculous.
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Get a Seymour Duncan Liberator and have a friend who can solder install it for you. Then you can switch pickups around to your hearts content without busting out the iron. It's a lot cheaper than those kits.
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Re: Serenity Solderless kits!

Almost forgot the biggest problem with these kits. You better take some measurements before hand. They are often too large to fit correctly in the cavity without routing the wood out.
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