Become a member
Become a member
Continuer avec Google

or
Log in
Log in
Se connecter avec Google

or
learning

Soldering Basics for Guitar Players - Part 2

How to Solder the Jack of an Electric Guitar

The musical instrument industry has chosen the best method for the internal cabling of electric instruments, namely soldering. But, as we will see in a moment, this way of connecting two conductors requires a little know-how.

View other articles in this series...

Let's take, for instance, a very simple and often faulty piece: The jack.

Mark my words

Start by gathering all the necessary materials on the cloth covering the surface where you will be working. Then, pre-heat the soldering iron (at around 360 degrees, in case it has a built-in thermostat) while you unscrew the jack.

 
 
Place the tip of the iron on the joint to melt the tin so you can detach the wire

In order not to lose the screws, get a small container with lid to store them while you work, like a Kinder Surprise egg, for example. Now, protect your instrument around the jack slot (using Scotch tape in case the cloth slips away with the slightest movement).

After having checked the color of the cables, so you don't end up having to do everything twice (incorrectly connecting the wires poses no danger, but the sound will be seriously affected), the time has come to get into the heart of the matter and disconnect the jack from the wires. To achieve that, you only need to put the tip of the iron on the joint a moment so that the tin melts down and allows you to free the jack. You may have to clear the remaining tin on the jack with a pump, but if you change the jack itself, there's no need to worry about that.

Pay special attention to the wires, since they need to be properly stripped to provide a satisfying contact, while at the same time exposing the conductors as little as possible. So, even if the wire seems correctly stripped, it is better to strip the part previously soldered.

Tin man

Now is the time to apply some tin (solder). The idea is to cover the stripped part of the wires and the soldering tabs of the jack with a thin layer of tin. And it's only then that you should solder the two parts together by heating up the tinned tab and drawing closer the stripped part of the wire until they seem bound together.

 
 
When attaching a wire onto the jack, heat the tab to melt the solder, and move the wire onto it

Leave some time for it to cool down and then pull the wire and the jack to check the firmness of the joint. If they come apart, it obviously wasn't good enough. That said, don't be to harsh on yourself. Chances are that your soldering job is better than the original, even if it's a very expensive guitar.

Now you only need to secure the jack with the screws to enjoy playing your guitar once again. 

Success!

Now that everything is ready, you can reward yourself by putting your efforts to the test playing an appropriate riff for the occasion.

00:0000:00
← Previous article in this series:
Soldering Basics for Guitar Players - Part 1

Vous souhaitez réagir à cet article ?

Log in
Become a member
cookies

We are using cookies!

Yes, Audiofanzine is using cookies. Since the last thing that we want is disturbing your diet with too much fat or too much sugar, you'll be glad to learn that we made them ourselves with fresh, organic and fair ingredients, and with a perfect nutritional balance. What this means is that the data we store in them is used to enhance your use of our website as well as improve your user experience on our pages (learn more). To configure your cookie preferences, click here.

We did not wait for a law to make us respect our members and visitors' privacy. The cookies that we use are only meant to improve your experience on our website.

Our cookies

Cookies not subject to consent

These are cookies that guarantee the proper functioning of Audiofanzine and allow its optimization. The website cannot function properly without these cookies.

Website preferences

We store your preferences so that you do not have to re-enter them every time your come back (forums options, dark or light theme, classifieds filter, standard or buzz news, newsletters popups...).

Log in

This one makes sure you don't have to re-enter your credentials every time you visit Audiofanzine.

Analytics

This data allows us to understand the use that our visitors make of our website in an attempt to improve it.

Advertising

This information allows us to show you personalized advertisements thanks to which Audiofanzine is financed. By unchecking this box you will still have advertisements but they may be less interesting :)

We did not wait for a law to make us respect our members and visitors' privacy. The cookies that we use are only meant to improve your experience on our website.

Our cookies

Cookies not subject to consent

These are cookies that guarantee the proper functioning of Audiofanzine and allow its optimization. The website cannot function properly without these cookies.

Website preferences

We store your preferences so that you do not have to re-enter them every time your come back (forums options, dark or light theme, classifieds filter, standard or buzz news, newsletters popups...).

Log in

This one makes sure you don't have to re-enter your credentials every time you visit Audiofanzine.

Analytics

This data allows us to understand the use that our visitors make of our website in an attempt to improve it.

Advertising

This information allows us to show you personalized advertisements thanks to which Audiofanzine is financed. By unchecking this box you will still have advertisements but they may be less interesting :)


You can find more details on data protection in our privacy policy.