I love the smell of solder in the morning.

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Uncle Daddy, May 18, 2019.

  1. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Friend of Fred

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
    And burnt fingertip!

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    I had some odds and sods left over from a 5e3 build I completed last year, so I thought Id throw them together to rebuild my other 6L6 Tweed Deluxe, which looks like it was put together by Helen Keller whilst wearing gloves. This should smarten things up nicely. Just waiting for a brace of resistors, and a bit more wire, and it'll be good to go in. The am already has over-rated trannies, if anyone was wondering about the over-spec cathode resistor and cap.

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  2. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

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    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    Looks super clean. Cool.
     
  3. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

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    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Nice and neat job Unc
     
  4. Lionpotato

    Lionpotato Gretschie

    300
    Oct 10, 2018
    Upland
    Jupiter caps are great! I’ve used them a lot. Very nice build.
     
  5. Sabato

    Sabato Gretschie

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    Mar 22, 2019
    Massachusetts
  6. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    Alabama
    Not bad..
    I got out the soldering iron a few weeks ago for the first time in years...had to wire up one of those Ring camera doorbells with a resistor...only burned myself once!
     
  7. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Country Gent

    You do very nice work UD!
     
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  8. Very nice neat job with the soft solder . . . electronics.

    I hope . . . NO, I have to be at least half that neat with a new hard solder/brazing micro-torch,
    which btw was just delivered from ebay yesterday (fuel/oxygen . . . propane/other fuels with a similar-sized oxygen canister - $10 at Lowe's or HomeDepot)

    The silver brazing solder needs an acid flux - as opposed to the usual rosin flux for electronics - and gets very hot, 2000°F +
    I will need a new fresh fire extinguisher that I sure hope never gets used, but is necessary.
     
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  9. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    Looking super nice and clean. Great job!

    What are you building/fixing?
     
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  10. Not meanin' to hijack this thread . . .
    so also gonna repeat OP keeping of the soldering clean for electronics, is very impressive pour moi.
    Mod of G2655T . . . well the Bigsby is off now, so I guess I should start droppin' that "T". . .

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    So, I'm experimenting with brazing a strong connection for through-body string ferrules to some 2" sections of tubing . . .
    This gold-plated top string ferrule fits in this 1/4" ID copper tubing from Lowe's . . . but I also have slightly smaller diameter stainless steel tubes already cut too.

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    That blue pencil mark is where one of the B50 holes are, fwiw.
     
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  11. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    Looks like a fun project.

    I need to brush up on my soldering as it’s been 15 years.
     
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  12. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
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    If only they had Napalm scented solder. :)
     
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  13. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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    Dec 1, 2010
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    Delivered by Hueys?
     
  14. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
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    Why not? :)
     
  15. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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    Dec 1, 2010
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    I'll be your door-gunner. In 1967 that was very nearly my fate.
     
  16. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
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    A good memory not to have. That was a rough war.
     
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  17. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Friend of Fred

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
    So the board is all finished and ready to go in. Just waiting on a new switch to get going. For the shock brothers among us, here are the deviations from standard.

    • 1w metal film resistors all round (hiss reduction)
    • 10w cathode bias resistor
    • 25uf 50v cathode bias cap
    • 4.7uF v1 and v2 cathode cap
    • 0.05uF stage 1 coupling caps
    • 22uF filter caps (better ripple filtering and a tighter bottom end)
    • 2w safety bleed resistor (saves draining the caps)
    This is going in a chassis with bigger trannies, and will run 6L6 power tubes. I'm trying to get away from the regular Tweed Deluxe sound a bit by reducing the bottom end and scooping the mids a bit more than stock. The bigger transformers can add extra bottom end, so the mods I did may even things out a bit. We'll see. My other Deluxe has that 50s woodiness covered.

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  18. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

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    Feb 10, 2010
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    Yummm! Jellied gasoline! Great on toast
     
  19. Lookin' good . . .

    Over here, I jus' need a couple more components - like oxygen regulator and one way valves for the mini-torch oxy/fuel cannisters.

    The O2 cannister is $10, but propane is only $3.50 each. Oxygen is used 5 to 1 . . .
    And also need gloves . . . no burnt off fingertips desired.

    Learnin' from youtubes like here . . . fwiw

     
  20. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    Alabama
    I warmed up my soldering iron this week but it was just to melt done holes in plastic.
    The smell was about as bad as melting solder :eek:
     
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