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Question about the Jack wire polarity

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Youngspanion, Oct 1, 2005.


  1. The wires on the jack of my bass came off and now I am soldering them back on. It came to me though, does it matter where the wires go? Does polarity matter?
     
  2. tadawson

    tadawson

    Aug 24, 2005
    Lewisville, TX
    Yes, and yes. The signal lead should go to the "tip" contact of the 1/4" jack, and the ground to the ring (outside) contact. Assuming that you have the typical two conductor jack, there should only be two terminals, and so it should be pretty easy to tell which is which. The ground can be determined by it's coming from a connection that ultimately leads to the cavity shielding ground or the cans on the pots in the guitar.

    - Tim