"J' vs "P" inputs

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by phleb1968, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. phleb1968


    Jan 18, 2011
    I have (mainly) played basses with the input jack on the bottom edge of the body, not on the top aka Fender P and J. Is it pos to have the input jack replaced to the edge on the J bass body?
  2. just use a right angled plug
  3. phleb1968


    Jan 18, 2011
    I have actually tried that. I guess it must be a "mental" thing with me. That has always been my turn-off on Fender bass'. ILOVE the tone, and there look...just the darn jack on the top. UGH!!
  4. Yes, but what will you do with the new hole on top?
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  6. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

  7. ACNick

    ACNick Guest

    Oct 23, 2012
    South Florida
    To answer the original question. Yes, it is possible to have the jack placed on the side of the instrument; but it requires drilling a new hole for the input jack, since there isn't a hole there already (at least, there shouldn't be).
  8. kander


    Feb 3, 2007
    I've read that having the jack on the side gives better tone and is better for metal ...
  9. Only if the bass is black.
  10. phleb1968


    Jan 18, 2011
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    Jan 18, 2011
  12. phleb1968


    Jan 18, 2011
  13. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

  14. hieronymous


    Nov 28, 2002
    Northern CA
    I had the jack moved on my Telecaster Bass - used the original hole for one of the controls:


    Each pickup has its own output - that's why there are two cables sticking out - the guy who did it put on an output jack plate from a Rickenfaker...
  15. Batmensch

    Batmensch Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2010
    Chester, Pa.,USA
    OK, I'll be THAT guy. it's an OUTPUT jack.
  16. ACNick

    ACNick Guest

    Oct 23, 2012
    South Florida
    DOH! I feel so ashamed :atoz:
  17. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

  18. iunno


    Dec 16, 2010
    What is it you don't like about top jacks? The plug usually gets in the way on side jacks for me.
  19. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    The Fender top-mount jack is simply more practical and less damage-prone, particularly if you play sitting down. Leo moved them there on purpose and it was a very good call.

    This is one of the silliest gripes against Fender basses I've ever heard on TalkBass, which is really saying something. :rolleyes:

    Use a quality right angle plug and get over it.
  20. Herrick


    Jul 21, 2010
    Munchkin Land
    Ha ha! :D
  21. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Neo Maxie Zoom Dweebie Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Yeah this is kinda crazy. Where the jack is located is the least of my concerns regarding an instrument.

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