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2 pretty simple questions:

1. to get the jack socket out, do i need to unsolder it to take it off, then solder it back on after, or is there a simpler way?

2. same for the grounding on the trem claw, do i need to take it off the claw and soler it back on afterwards?
 

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Cutting the wires will just make it that much harder to resolder everything back on. With the exception of the claw, you will need to completely remove the wire anyway, so you might as well do it to begin with. desoldering is really pretty easy. Same concept as soldering. Just heat, and remove.
 

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Dont be afraid to do any soldering-its very very easy. Best thing to do if you are new to dismantling your guitar, is to draw diagrams of how everthing is hooked up before you start any projects. When I first started to do my own pickup installations I just made drawings of how everything is soldered. Once you understand why things go where they do, you really cant screw it up. Another note too, is when you solder the trem claw ground back on, make sure the surface is clean, you will find that solder doesnt like to stick to the claw very easily. Good luck.
 

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ive done a fair bit of soldering before, im ok with it, just wanted to know if theres an easier way. i cut the wires, but as close to the joint as possible so i didnt lose any length, and ive already stripped the ends down again, so there should be no problems on that front. and i made a note of which wire goes on which prong of the jack socket, so im all set to go, really
 

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The problem with cutting the wires doesn't lie with how much length you have left. It has to do with the part that remains connected, and how it can really get in the way when trying to resolder a connection. Especially on an input jack where there isnt much room to solder it somewhere else.
 
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