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Guitar Cable inside Bass!

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by ToolRokz, Apr 8, 2009.


  1. ToolRokz

    ToolRokz

    Apr 8, 2009
    So the guitar cable seems to be installed inside the bass (meaning i can't seem to find the other end to the cable because it is INSIDE the bass) and i tore the other end. Can i get the cable replaced somehow, or do I need to buy a new bass?
     
  2. WHAT?!?!?!?!PICS!!I HAVE TO SEE THIS.
     
  3. :confused:
     
  4. ehque

    ehque

    Jan 8, 2006
    Singapore
    This is a bass, right, and not some guitar hero controller?
     
  5. bigfatbass

    bigfatbass Banned

    Jun 30, 2003
    Upstate NY
    Endorsing Artist: Karl Hoyt Basses
    So you are saying one end of the cable is hard-wired into the guts of the bass?
     
  6. ToolRokz

    ToolRokz

    Apr 8, 2009
    oh my bad, it is a guitar hero controller... of course its not!!!!
     
  7. ToolRokz

    ToolRokz

    Apr 8, 2009
    that is pretty much exactly what im saying.
     
  8. ehque

    ehque

    Jan 8, 2006
    Singapore
    We need pics.

    There should be a control cavity held down by screws. See if you can pop the lid and give us some photos of the innards.

    EDIT: Soldering on a new 1/4" tip to the cable should be really simple for any guitar tech. Be prepared that they be as incredulous as we have been.
     
  9. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Yeah that's very bizarre. Surely you have a phone that can take pics of this?
     
  10. ToolRokz

    ToolRokz

    Apr 8, 2009
    gotta find a screwdriver small enough to remove the control cavity
     
  11. cvictorh

    cvictorh

    Feb 14, 2009
    Mid-Michigan
    as everyone else has stated i want pics
     
  12. ToolRokz

    ToolRokz

    Apr 8, 2009
    there is a photo of it with the cavity cover removed
     

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  13. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    What kind of bass is that?
     
  14. ehque

    ehque

    Jan 8, 2006
    Singapore
    Somehow, i expected that knot.

    The best thing you could do is replace the hole which the cable goes through, with a jack. That involves the following steps:

    1. Desolder the cable.
    2. Remove the cable.
    3. Install 1/4" jack in the hole which the cable goes through.
    4. Solder connections to jack (the same connections you desoldered from the cable).

    You will then be able to use any normal guitar cable to connect your bass to your amp.

    You might run into problems in step 3, as the hole might not be the right size to install a jack in, which means you might need to drill it out. If you manage to do that, resoldering the connections should be a breeze.

    On the other hand, you could simply replace the tip of the cable with any normal 1/4" tip. Can we see the other end of the cable? This is the option i would go with if the bass is as cheap as i think it is. You should then save up for a normal bass, like an SX or something.
     
  15. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Looks like a Tennessee.
     
  16. ToolRokz

    ToolRokz

    Apr 8, 2009
    you wanna see the torn part?

    ya already savin up for a new bass
     

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  17. MarZel

    MarZel

    May 20, 2007
    Essex, England
    what bass is this?????
     
  18. ehque

    ehque

    Jan 8, 2006
    Singapore
    To tide you over until your new bass comes, then, just bring it into a shop which solders cables and tell them to put a new tip on your cable. The part should cost around 5 bucks with a few more thrown in for the labour. Shouldn't come in at more than 10, if you know where to shop.

    Be prepared to get quizzical looks, though.
     
  19. Jefenator

    Jefenator Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2008
    Oregon
    Looks to me like a previous owner got too clever by half.

    If you're not confident to fix this yourself, it will be super easy for a repairman. And by "fix" I mean: lose the "tail" and install a 1/4" jack, like every other bass has.

    You can still be unique with your personality. ;)
     
  20. FSSmikey

    FSSmikey

    Mar 7, 2009
    Miami FL
    so the cable is hard wired to the guitar?



    thats somewhat odd
     

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