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Before I do something stupid - pickup wiring

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So somehow two of the connections on my Quarter Pounder have come loose since I took it out of my Squier on Friday.

Given it's been on it's own in a box, with foam padding all around it, I'm starting to worry my drawers may have a Borrower infestation. I digress.

Before I crack out the soldering iron to put things back where they should be, should I be aware of anything/am I doing something INCREDIBLY stupid by trying to re-wire this?

Whilst it wasn't quite to my taste (I think I prefer the stock Fender pickups) I'm not ruling out using it in another bass, or selling it on, so it would be good to know if this is fixable

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[quote name='Ou7shined' timestamp='1395094223' post='2398711']
Just try not to get it too hot (hold the iron on too long) or you could melt the winding wires inside
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So I assume I'm better off softening the existing solder points rather than melting away completely and starting from scratch? Forgive me if that is a completely ridiculous question!

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[quote name='Ou7shined' timestamp='1395095225' post='2398744']
Try it that way first and if it works ok you're golden. A decent iron should only take a couple of seconds each.
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Shame my iron is utter garbage :D any decent ones that you could suggest as a replacement?

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I recently gambled on the cheap blue variable temp solder station from Maplin so I could have one in the house as well as the workshop and it turned out to be pretty good. About 20 quid and its every bit as good as my 60 quid one.

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... and though I'm an utter noob when it comes to soldering I think the advice is make sure the ends of the wires are tinned first too.

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[quote name='Ou7shined' timestamp='1395095927' post='2398764']
I recently gambled on the cheap blue variable temp solder station from Maplin so I could have one in the house as well as the workshop and it turned out to be pretty good. About 20 quid and its every bit as good as my 60 quid one.
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I was thinking a variable temp one would be a better shout than a fixed one - mine doesn't appear to be able to maintain a consistent temp for long at all.

EDIT: was it this one? http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/50-w-solder-station-n78ar

[quote name='HowieBass' timestamp='1395095970' post='2398766']
... and though I'm an utter noob when it comes to soldering I think the advice is make sure the ends of the wires are tinned first too.
[/quote]

For sure, I always tin the wires and the tip of the iron.

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Would heartily recommend the following

[url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/28020-Analog-Soldering-Station-150-480-C-60-W-with-Silicon-Wire-/280757198381?pt=UK_Home_Garden_PowerTools_SM&hash=item415e6ede2d"]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/28020-Analog-Soldering-Station-150-480-C-60-W-with-Silicon-Wire-/280757198381?pt=UK_Home_Garden_PowerTools_SM&hash=item415e6ede2d[/url]

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[quote name='johnny_frog' timestamp='1395272980' post='2400645']
Would heartily recommend the following

[url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/28020-Analog-Soldering-Station-150-480-C-60-W-with-Silicon-Wire-/280757198381?pt=UK_Home_Garden_PowerTools_SM&hash=item415e6ede2d"]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/28020-Analog-Soldering-Station-150-480-C-60-W-with-Silicon-Wire-/280757198381?pt=UK_Home_Garden_PowerTools_SM&hash=item415e6ede2d[/url]
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Thanks for the pointer! I managed to get a 'refurb' of the Maplin one I posted earlier for a tenner in the end.

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