[Sticky] Loose Input Jack
In the past I have taken the nut off of the input jack and SLIGHTLY bent the little washer so that it applies pressure to the nut when you screw it all back together, it works on the same principle as a lock nut basically. Some Loc-Tite is your best bet though!
As far as cables are concerned, I always use 90Â° jack plugs - the Strat is an exception, because they don't usually fit in the sunken socket.
If the socket is on the face of the guitar, the 90Â° jack is the only solution (IMNSHO), to stop cable-kink and broken connections. If the socket is on the side of the guitar (Ã la Tele, LP, etc.) it is also the best solution when you loop the cable through your strap - again no kinks.
That's a good tip.
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Hey guys, this forums really helpful but I unfortunately got here too late. My wires in my old (very old) Squire are busted off the jack. I understand the soldering and how to get inside to repair this. Only thing i cant find is a diagram or explanation of which wire goes where. Can someone upload a picture or please explain how this is done?
The ground wire, the one connected to the bridge and backs of the pots, goes on the sleeve or ring if you have on on your jack. (The red) The wire from the pickups, tabs on volume and tone pots and switch ect. connects to the tip. (The green)
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Thanks Very much, this has been extremely helpful.
I find that the most comfortable tool for tightening that nut is a nut socket as opposed to any of the spannery-type things I have tried. You don't need to tighten the nut very much, so usually I dont attach a socket wrench, and just use the socket in between my fingers. Tightens it up a treat.
This might be useless information if you don't have them around the house, but in case you do, it might just help. I have various types in my tool box for when I work on my bicycles.
Either way you can get a cheap set at a hardware store or an auction site of your choice. The auction sites have an added benefit in that you can buy individual ones for about £1.50 in my experience. Just measure the dimensions of your nut and bombs away.
buy a jack tight... it's made for just this problem
My only issue now is that I don't have a wrench that will fit between the nut and the plate. I have a strat with one of those odd angle jacks. Is a special tool required?