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    Default Problem with input jacks need advice

    I replaced the jack on my explorer about a week ago. Because my cable kept falling out. I took the jack out a few times and bent the prong in and it worked fine few a few days. Then started doing the same thing. So I replaced the jack and it worked fine but after a few days it has started doing the same thing as the first jack. Im using the same cable that I have been for a year. And never had any problems with the jacks before.
    I loop my cable through my strap and strap button to keep downward tension off of it. Any advice will be appreciated. Having to remove the jack every few days to bend the tab back is getting old.

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    You could always give these a shot. Seems like they contact from both sides and should eliminate that problem.
    https://www.stewmac.com/Pickups_and_...tput_Jack.html

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    Default Re: Problem with input jacks need advice

    Do you have any other cable to try?


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    Default Re: Problem with input jacks need advice

    In before someone whines about semantics.

    That jack is a nice piece of hardware, but I'd look somewhere else to see if I couldn't find something similar for cheaper.

    Have you considered any potential issues in how the jack is mounted? The jack plate may be causing problems.
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    Default Re: Problem with input jacks need advice

    Are you using a cable with an oversized plug?

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    Switchcraft. 'Nuff said.

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    Default Re: Problem with input jacks need advice

    I have started using Pure Tone Jack's
    They have two contact points for the tip
    Opposite each other

    If your new one is doing the same thing
    Be mindful of how you are setting it down

    If you are setting it upright in a chair or one the sofa
    Your guitar could be resting on the jack
    Causing it to bend the contact inside

    Normal wear and tear wouldn't be the culprit after a few weeks
    It has to be unintentional abuse

    You are wrapping it that's good
    Wall hanger or guitar stand that's good
    Are you playing it while seated?
    It could be hitting the cushion or armrest
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    Default Re: Problem with input jacks need advice

    I’ve used 3 different planet waves cables. I only play standing up and keep the guitar unplugged and in its case when not in use. I have wondered if the hole for the jack could be off making it go at an angle somehow. When I bend the contact it clicks in like it should. Then after a few times it will click in like normal then while I’m playing will fall out. I have never had this issue before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chistopher View Post
    That jack is a nice piece of hardware, but I'd look somewhere else to see if I couldn't find something similar for cheaper.
    I've bought cheap plugs that ended up being oversized and wouldn't work with some guitars or pedals. I've also bought cheap jacks that bent out of shape, resulting in problems like the one described. Buying quality products ends up costing me less money in the end more often than not.

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    Default Re: Problem with input jacks need advice

    You might try a stereo output jack, like for active pickups, it's got more friction than a single prong..... Just an idea.

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    Default Re: Problem with input jacks need advice

    this is for the explorer? the puretone jack for $5 seems like a cheap potential fix. are you using straight cables or right angle? not sure why youd go through jacks like that. i have noticed planet waves 1/4" plugs do tend to be a tiny bit bigger than a typical 1/4" plug by switchcraft or most others

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    Default Re: Problem with input jacks need advice

    Quote Originally Posted by jeremy View Post
    this is for the explorer? the puretone jack for $5 seems like a cheap potential fix. are you using straight cables or right angle? not sure why youd go through jacks like that. i have noticed planet waves 1/4" plugs do tend to be a tiny bit bigger than a typical 1/4" plug by switchcraft or most others
    Yeah it’s on the explorer I’m not sure what’s going on with it. I had to take it out and bend it back last night. I use a right angle plug. I have used these cables for a few years now and never had a problem. I’m going to order a pure tone jack and some new pots and a switch. The woods and good and resonate so I figure it would be worth upgrading. When I bought it I had a coupon code so I saved a good bit off of it.

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    Default Re: Problem with input jacks need advice

    cool. not sure why youre having the issue but maybe the puretone jack will help. its a cool design anyway

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    I have those Puretone's in a few of my guitars ..they work great.
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    Default Re: Problem with input jacks need advice

    I had not actually heard of Puretone before this thread...I learned something today! It seems like a good design. I am amazed that in all these years, the jack is something that hasn't really received a redesign other than something that locks. This seems like a great (and cheap) solution.
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    Default Re: Problem with input jacks need advice

    me either. i dont usually have jack issues unless its the enclosed barrel type which i have given up on and replace with a normal one if at all possible

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    Default Re: Problem with input jacks need advice

    I have several barrel jacks in my Ibanez guitars
    They seem just fine right now

    The only time I have had the trouble the op describes is like I said in my first post
    Stepping on the cable
    Resting it on a chair or propped against an amp
    Someone else may be playing your new axe when you ain't looking

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    Quote Originally Posted by ehdwuld View Post
    I have started using Pure Tone Jack's
    They have two contact points for the tip
    Opposite each other

    If your new one is doing the same thing
    Be mindful of how you are setting it down

    If you are setting it upright in a chair or one the sofa
    Your guitar could be resting on the jack
    Causing it to bend the contact inside

    Normal wear and tear wouldn't be the culprit after a few weeks
    It has to be unintentional abuse

    You are wrapping it that's good
    Wall hanger or guitar stand that's good
    Are you playing it while seated?
    It could be hitting the cushion or armrest
    You are always right on time! Now I have something to look at besides cat hair on the Epi jack.

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    Default Re: Problem with input jacks need advice

    use a mono Switchcraft ( U.S.A ) Jack ~ End of story ( at $4.00 the whatever is probably overseas which isn't worth ' jacking ' with

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