jack input

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Fishbrain, Aug 8, 2001.

  1. Fishbrain


    Dec 8, 2000
    England, Liverpool
    Endorsing Artist: Warwick Bass and Amp
    my jack input is really wobbly and i think thats wot is makin my bass buzz. i tried just tightenin the nut on the outside but that hasnt worked. so is there nethin i can do or will i hafta take it to the shop? :confused:
  2. To fix the wobble there is very likely a nut on the inside which you can tighten. Shouldn't be too difficult but be careful like Cruise4 said.

    Various types of buzzing seem to be about the most common and sometimes the most difficult to analyze problems with the bass guitar. You'll probably have to have someone take a look at that for you, but here's a few questions/suggestions which might give someone here an idea of the cause:

    Can you hear the buzz if you're not plugged in?

    Plug your bass into your amp. Is the buzz louder (or only there) if you aren't touching the strings or anything made out of metal on the bass?

    When plugged in, does the buzz only happen if you're around a running computer monitor, flourescent lights, TV's, etc?
  3. Good Lord Almighty.
    This is so inexpensive & so easy.
    Get a new input jack.
    If you can't soldier, pay $10 for the local
    shop to do it for you.
  4. merlin

    merlin Guest

    Check your lead too. Is there a battery in the bass? Change it if you haven't that way you get the best sound outta your bass. Most times it is something really simple like tightening the nut on the jack.


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  6. Fishbrain


    Dec 8, 2000
    England, Liverpool
    Endorsing Artist: Warwick Bass and Amp
    It only buzzes when i plug it in, its not fret buzz buzz, its morer electrical fault drone buzz. It doesnt happen if I play one of the strings though if that explains it any better?
  7. Ah.. simple :)
    Use grounded mains-outlet....

    no grounding = 50 hz buzz ( or 60 hz if USA, afair )
  8. Oddman545

    Oddman545 Guest

    Jul 12, 2001
    Huntsville, Alabama
    This happened to me once!
    There's a post about it still in setup. It's called Jiggling the chord is bad!
    Look at that. The same thing was happening to me and they told me some stuff to do and it worked pretty good so check it out! :D
  9. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    If the jack is tight to the bass but the cord is jiggling, you can tighten the springs of the output jack. That is the tin plates that connects to your cable. Tighten them so that it takes some effort to put in the cable.
    This is very easy to do with an open jack. With a closed jack, it will be much harder, but you can do it using a thin screwdriver.
  10. Fishbrain


    Dec 8, 2000
    England, Liverpool
    Endorsing Artist: Warwick Bass and Amp

    i did it, i tightend it from the inside and it was nice and tight and the buzzing stopped...for a while. it then became loose again! after about half an hour! what can I do to keep it in place?
  11. a small amount of locktight (sp?) anyway, a little bit of that, i think, it comes in different strengths, just a very light amount on the threads, and tighten it up

    if you don't want to use the first option, i sometimes use PTF tape on my jack threads. it's white tape used for plumbing, wrap a thin piece of that aorund the threads and tighten, it'll alow you to loosen it if you need to and you won't have to re-apply the tape

  12. merlin

    merlin Guest

    Do you jump around alot Fishbrain? I used to, make sure you loop your cable around into your strap. stop that bit from moving. Still check your cables too. Don't keep a mobile phone on or near your amp, especially when on. Do you have a three pin mains plug on your amp? AC hum is a pain in the neck etc.

  13. Fishbrain


    Dec 8, 2000
    England, Liverpool
    Endorsing Artist: Warwick Bass and Amp
    yeh i jump around a lot :D and I do put my lead through my strap. and i got a 3 pronged plug thing, but it isnt that because my other bass is silent.

    so whats this thing with the plumbers tape bcuz my dad got some so where should i put it?