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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DiggidyDee, Jun 19, 2014.
Any real difference other than aesthetic? Just curious.
I like front jacks. They're easier to find when you're plugging in and less prone to jack-falling-outness.
I wouldn't NOT buy a bass because of a side jack, but I prefer top by far.
Doesn't really bother me where it is, but for aesthetics I prefer a clean/minimalist look so I tend to favor side jacks. Unless the instrument has a theme going on with it ie steampunk so it's supposed to look a bit clunky.
Side jacks and front jacks might be physically different socket designs that do the same thing. Electronically there is no difference (or a difference so small that you would not notice it).
My preference is side jacks and a lot of the issues of jacks falling/being pulled out can be minimised by installing a locking jack socket.
I can go either way really but one thing that bugs me about side jacks is that they kind of get in the way when I'm plugged in and sitting/playing on the couch.
Eh? I've never had a cable "fall out" of a jack - front or side.
To answer the OP: no - there's no difference, other than aesthetic.
Side jacks may have a problem falling out, but that doesn't break your instrument like a front when you step on your cord and jank the connector. Bass is dead for the night, pickguard ruined, jack ruined.
It is always good, regardless of where the jack is positioned to loop you cord between the body of the bass and the strap so it doesn't happen.
On the rare occasion that I forget my own cable when I go to the rehearsal studio and I have to use theirs, they can fall out.
this presumes that the front loaded jack is on a pick guard. many are mounted to control plates.
Side and front are not the only options.
Okay, true. Those will end up with ruined control plate.
good grief, how hard do you yank on cables...?!?!?!
I simply loop the cable around my strap to avoid that. ymmv.
First off, wow. Secondly, ten bolts???. Thirdly, I am putting a strat style jack in the back of my warmoth fretless as I do not care for sidemounted jacks that much. This image may have changed my mind away from routing and instead just fasten the jack to the control plate. Finally, I love Ritter. Always a unique design.
Um.... that Ritter is HOT
All my basses but one, have side sockets. The next one will have it on the front.
I agree and also prefer side jacks.
I have never even heard of this happening before... and I've used both front and side jacks for many years.