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Author Topic: What type of solder?

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Post What type of solder?
on: August 30, 2014, 13:59

I don't know where else to post this, so I'll post it here. If I'm in the wrong place, sorry. 😕

I'm just getting started with the diy stuff and have been reading everything I can on the net to get smartened up before diving in. In one place I read that lead-free solder is the best to another place I read that lead-free solder is NOT supposed to be used, but the 63/37 is the best to use. Which is it?!?

I know from my reading that the 63/37 has a much lower melting temperature than the silver solder. Is that the reason to stay away from silver solder? Any help and/or guidance would be appreciated.



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Post Re: What type of solder?
on: August 30, 2014, 18:34

Silver-bearing lead/tin solder is nothing I've heard functional complaints about, just questions of whether it adds any value. Lead-formulated solder is a no-no for ROHS. ROHS-compliant solder is supposed to be brittle and annoying to work, but I have no experience with it personally. For DIY guitar electronics, either 60/40 or 63/37 rosin-core electric solder will work just fine. Silver-bearing makes shinier joints, but otherwise no better or worse that I can tell.


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Post Re: What type of solder?
on: August 31, 2014, 04:14

I use 2% silver solder for everything. Silver bearing solder won't strip the gold plating from item to be soldered if you are using items with gold plated leads or pc connections or terminals, regular solder strips the gold off. Silver bearing solder also bonds to steel very well so its great for chassis grounds. While it is a bit more expensive it has advantages for the hobbyist, it is much easier to use, it bonds more quickly which cuts overheating the connections last longer. You used to be able to get it at Radio Shack but I also find it at any electronic supplier.

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