Last updated: 2023-10-11

Soldering Surface Mount Devices for DIY Guitar Pedals

Let us know if you'd like to see this added as a chapter to the How to Solder book, with illustrations and written instructions. Send your comments here. In the mean time we have two great videos that should help:

Too often people will suggest you need a reflow oven, or a hot plate, or a hot air gun to use surface mount technology (SMT). You DO NOT!

1. Hand soldering SMD (surface mount devices): Bare bones, No frill method

No extra tools needed. No extra supplies. You CAN use SMD components in your projects, right now, using the tools you already have.

2. Using flux when soldering SMD guitar pedal parts

Although you can get by without it, adding some flux to your SMD soldering will save you a lot of time and make the process much smoother.