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Jack problem

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DWBass, Jun 28, 2003.


  1. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    My bass(Ibanez SR505)jack is giving me problems. The cable seems to be fitted and locked in when plugged into the jack. But I'm getting a lot of noise and pops when I move around. The jack itself is not loose. I checked inside and out. Can anyone identify what my problem may be? Any fixes without having to go to a luthier or guitar repair shop? *Note: I did take it to a repair shop a couple of months ago and asked the tech to install a new jack. He swore there was nothing wrong! (of course I wanted to smack him!)
     
  2. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Nah, I tried many new and old and same deal.
     
  3. Ben Mishler

    Ben Mishler

    Jan 22, 2003
    San Jose
    On your bass, is the plug on the front of the bass facing out with the knobs (like a fender), or is it on the bottom edge? If it is on the bottom edge, you could of been playing it sitting down on the ground, and bent out the the long piece that connects to your plug in the jack. To fix this problem, all you have to do litterally push it back towards the direction of the cord (when the cord is not in the jack).

    I have done a TON of repair work where this was the problem with the jack, and it is common enough I think it could be your problem (same symptoms anyway).
     
  4. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    Keep in mind that the jack is usually the first thing to fail on a bass, and it's pretty inexpensive to have replaced ($15 for a quality Switchcraft one).
     
  5. Stu L.

    Stu L. Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2001
    Corsicana, Texas
    I do hope that you payed $15 for a locking jack, not just a regular one. :confused:
     
  6. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    $15 to pay for the jack and the having it installed.
     
  7. Stu L.

    Stu L. Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2001
    Corsicana, Texas
    OK, you had me worried. :)
     
  8. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    It's on the bottom edge. I'll check out the piece you mentioned. Do I have to take the jack out or can it be done while still in the bass? Since you mentioned the Fender style, my Fender Jazz is having the same problem. It doesn't feel like a good tight connection on that one and I got the same noise and pops.