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    Your soldering iron probably sucks.

    So in this thread, let's recommend some good ones, and assorted bits to accompany it.

    Hakko FX888D-23BY Digital Soldering Station FX-888D FX-888 (blue & yellow) - Power Soldering Accessories - Amazon.com

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    I'm pretty sure this is the exact unit I have, except mine is 10-15 years old. Adjustable temperature up to 850F (burns the shit RIGHT OFF those gang-banged pots).

    Weller WES51 Analog Soldering Station, Weller WES51 - at the Test Equipment Depot

    The standard tip is probably fine, but there's a shitload from which to choose:
    Weller ET Series Replacement Tips - Test Equipment Depot


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    That WES51 is, I believe, what Mike has, and the thing is fuckin' awesome.

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    Do that Jedi mind trick thing on yourself.

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    Weller with adjustable power.

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    And anyway, there's nothing really to accompany it except good consumables, which I assume you already have.

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    And a bottle of good Scotch, which accompanies any successful wiring project.

    Might I suggest this, which makes Dave drool with envy?

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    My dad has one of those industrial soldering guns. Total overkill for guitar work, but it works great!

    I used to use a Weller (not sure if it was that model or not) when I worked for a computer company, and it worked great.
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