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How to fix barrel jack sockets?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by i_got_a_mohawk, Aug 29, 2007.

  1. Anyone got any advice to tweak a barrel jack?

    The one in my ATK is getting a bit tetchy (will cut out often), if it was a normal socket, i'd bend the live contact a bit, but im not sure what to do in this instance!

    Cheers guys

    - Will
  2. I'm afraid I just replaced mine.
  3. May have to do that, thankfully they arent too expensive ;)

    Anyone have any other tips? Just cus im a cheap bas!
  4. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver, BC
    I've never had one that you could get at the guts to repair. You'd think someone would make one. I've gone to regular open ones where I could and just replace barrel jacks as necessary where I couldn't.....the things are a pain in the butt.
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  5. DavidRavenMoon

    DavidRavenMoon Banned

    Oct 20, 2004
    Just replace it. I stopped using them on my instruments because they never seem to last for long. Now I use an electrosocket and a quality jack.
  6. danomite64


    Nov 16, 2004
    Tampa, Florida
    Just replace it. You can't fix it and even if you could, it'd be cheaper to replace it.
  7. I felt obliged to say that I just purchased an Eletrosocket Jack Mount now, plus a stereo Switchcraft jack, to replace the barrel jack in my Cort A5. I've always been frustrated with barrel jacks and their total inability to be tightened (plus the fact that you can't see the contacts properly, making it harder to install them), and this seems like the perfect solution. Thank you!
  8. michaelandrew

    michaelandrew The bass player is always right.

    Here's the guts of one I pulled out of Yamaha RBX765A:


    As you can see, it's no wonder they get a little twitchy after some use.

    They are not repairable - replace with Switchcraft #152B Long-Threaded 1/4" Barrel Jack. Also, if you use a right-angle plug, you're less likely to knock it sideways.
  9. Steve Dallman

    Steve Dallman Supporting Member

    When they get funky, you replace them. There is no fixing them. They have shorter life than a standard Switchcraft jack.
  10. The electro socket -greatest improvement in jack design since electric instruments created .

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