How to solder

Here is a quick video I made showing basic soldering skills:



Some key points to consider:

1.  use a quality soldering iron with adjustable temp control.  If your temp is too low you might cook the internal parts of the potentiometer before you melt your solder.
2. get in, solder, and get out as quick as possible to minimize heat on delicate components.
3. score the area you are soldering with 80 or 120 grit sandpaper.
4. tin your wires and lugs, ALWAYS.

The Nashville workshop!

As some of you know, my girlfriend and I moved from San Francisco, CA to Nashville, TN in May 2015 to be closer to a vibrant music scene and to start a new life in The South.  The move was so exciting as we took a two week road trip across the country.  You don’t get many chances to pick up and move to a new place so we took advantage of the opportunity.  Becca started a blog called the Bay To River Rambler and you can see her photos and writings here.

We found a place in East Nashville with a standalone garage that I converted into a workshop and now I have more space than I know what to do with!  I built myself a 2×8 workbench and got a drill press and now I am up and running.  The pickup winder is all tuned up and I’m cranking out pickups again, ready to get your guitar tone in tip-top shape.

Things to look forward to in July:

 

Gold Foil release July 4th I’ll be releasing a brand new pickup based on the originals from the ’60s.  I designed mine to be on the more affordable side compared to vintage or reissue pickups by other manufacturers and still embody that twangy, low-fi character.  They will fit in a standard humbucker rout and start at $90 each.

Summer NAMM in Nashville July 9th, 10th, 11th  I’ll be there walking around, checking out the exhibits, and meeting as many people as possible.  I won’t have a booth this year, but I’ll be staking it out for future years.  Check out https://www.namm.org/summer/2015 for more info on how you can go.