Josh.. thanks man!JMPGuitars wrote: ↑Wed 03/11/20 12:44 pmSlow down, you'll be okay. Personally, I solder my turrets at 380C, so if your iron is really that hot, then it SHOULD be able to solder the turrets. That said, not all turrets are equal. Some turrets are terrible.
See my thread here for the stuff I use: viewtopic.php?f=25&t=25173
The first two meters on that page can both test capacitors. In some cases, you will need to lift one side of the capacitor out of the circuit to be able to test.
I use Keystone 1509-4 turrets exclusively. Amplified Parts / CE sells them as their "premium" turrets. Other companies sell them too including Newark and Mouser. If you can't solder a turret, it's either the turret, the iron, or the technique at fault. You need to figure out which.
I just added this to the page: https://amzn.to/2IHNDVW - that can test your soldering iron temperature and see if it needs to be calibrated or replaced. There's also cheaper generic versions that work. I'm still using the Aoyue solder station I listed there.
I highly recommend using the "Kester No Clean Solder" listed on that page. It works great, and doesn't make a mess.
Anyway, you need to inspect your amp thoroughly to make sure there's nothing else that stands out as obvious like those lugs soldered together by mistake. Then you need to go through the amp with the layout AND schematic, and highlight every single connection, and component only after verifying their values and connections. You might need to do this more than once to be thorough.
Always take your time and be thorough. Looking at your photos, I suggest you watch the videos I linked in the solder technique sticky thread: viewtopic.php?f=4&t=25396
You're a pro..I'm just a hobby kind of guy. Just have rudimentary equipment. A hapé dmm, a weller soldering station, some tools and a lot of ability to improvise
I took the challenge on building this amp because it's in my nature to explore unknown territory...And because I have been wanting to build a princeton reverb for a very long time (go figure..hahaha). I came up with the idea of an 18W because I have cleaner amps , but I always play slightly overdriven. I have a mucho boosto that's always on..so I figured why not build an amp that has balls to it AND is always somehow overdriven by its nature.
Sadly I will have to take the Vibro king to practice tomorrow...wish it had been my 18watt. It was operational until sunday, when I dismantled the guts to make the TMB tremolo... Ah crap
I'll have it someday, but first I have to get my angry wife back on my side, since I have been neglecting her by building this amp