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Loose Nut+Washer, Sunken Input Jack

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Sorrowspell1995, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. I have an Epiphone Thunderbird Goth Edition that, starting a few months ago, the washer and nut holding the input jack in just...popped off. And this has been happening more and more frequently ever since. I took it into a repair shop, and they "fixed it" (taking more than a WEEK for such a simple problem, might I add) by putting a new washer and new nut on there (my old washer was lost, the old nut was later found). However, this has been popping off too, with greater and greater frequency. Each time this happens, I have to put a shoelace end or a paperclip into the input jack and wedge it up and out of the hole, place the washer and nut over it, and screw it back on, then releasing the wedge. This is getting very annoying to do. Can anyone diagnose what this problem is actually called or tell me how I can fix it in my own home? Any help is appreciated! :bassist:
  2. testing1two

    testing1two Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
    Loc-Tite or clear nail polish on the threads of the output jack will keep the nut from coming loose.
  3. JTE


    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    If keeps popping off, it seems the threads on the Jack are stripped. Replace the entire Jack, use a toothed lock washer. Fix the problem at the source.

  4. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Yeah, if i'ts popping off you need a new jack... And lock-tite.
  5. throughthefire


    Oct 1, 2010
    If there's any thread left, use Loc-Tite Blue. Do NOT use Loc-Tite Red - you'll never ever get it off again.

    If the thread is stripped, replace the socket - and then fix the nut with Loc-Tite Blue.
  6. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

    A dab of rubber cement works too. And it's the OUPUT jack. The input is on your amp.