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THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO SOLDERING FOR GUITAR PLAYERS

Knowing how to solder opens up a world of money-saving DIY fun, but there’s an art to doing it well. In this feature, you’ll learn everything you need to know in order to solder properly – and we’ll be putting it to practical use by showing you how to make your own guitar cable…
This leaded solder has a 60/40 tin-and-lead ratio, with a rosin lux core and a 0.7mm outer diameter
This tip is a few years old and has done a lot of work, but it’s in relatively good shape and still performing well
The twisted wires must be tinned and after heating the wires for a few seconds, the solder lows in to fuse everything together

We cover a lot of amplifier and guitar electronics projects in our DIY features. Perhaps we take it for granted that everybody knows how to solder – but even those of us who have been soldering for decades may be able to learn something new. This feature is divided into two parts. In the first part, I’ll be sharing some pro tips on soldering equipment and good practice. In the second part, I’ll be applying this info to a simple project, showing how to make a high-quality guitar cable.

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Are we a quarter of the way into 2019 already? It only seems like a few days ago that we were heading out to the NAMM Show in California to see what the guitar industry had in store for us during the year ahead. You can find a sparkling array of new gear from the show floor over at Guitar.com and in this month’s magazine, we put some of it through its paces. Resplendent on the cover, the headline act is Fender’s bold new hybrid, the American Acoustasonic Telecaster. With a broad palette of vivid acoustic and electric-guitar tones on offer, the Acoustasonic might open a few musical doors and allow you to get away with taking one less guitar to the gig. In this month’s reviews section you can read our in-depth review and check out even more hot new gear from the likes of Blackstar, Orange, EarthQuaker Devices, Electro-Harmonix and more. The show itself was the most positive we’ve attended in many years. Not only did Gibson return to Anaheim in force, but perhaps the biggest story of NAMM 2019 originated in Northern Ireland with the news that George Lowden has teamed up with the biggest pop star in the world right now to launch a new range of affordable acoustics. The Sheeran by Lowden instruments are set to be manufactured in Downpatrick (just like Lowden’s wonderful high-end guitars) and their development has been a real labour of love for Ed and George. Find out what they had to say about the process in this month’s mag, where they join Gibson CEO JC Curleigh and John Mayer in our round-up of conversations from the Anaheim show. While we’re in name-dropping mode, fans of Les Pauls are particularly well served this month. The Collection features jaw-dropping images of what might have been the very first Burst to arrive on UK shores back in the early 1960s, while elsewhere, Tony Bacon charts the history of Gibson’s finest solidbody with contributions from bona-fide rock legends Jimmy Page and Billy Gibbons. Enjoy the issue!