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Side jack vs front jack?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DiggidyDee, Jun 19, 2014.

  1. DiggidyDee


    Jun 19, 2013
    Any real difference other than aesthetic? Just curious.
  2. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I like front jacks. They're easier to find when you're plugging in and less prone to jack-falling-outness.
  3. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.


    I wouldn't NOT buy a bass because of a side jack, but I prefer top by far.
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  4. 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.
    Kmonk likes this.
  5. mrmills


    Jun 22, 2009
    Kent, UK
    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.
    coughiefiend likes this.
  6. LowEndBuzz


    Sep 1, 2013
    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.
  7. bobicidal


    Mar 28, 2013
    San Jose, CA
  8. esa372


    Aug 7, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    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.
  9. Gravedigger Dav

    Gravedigger Dav Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Fort Worth, Texas
    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.
    somegeezer and fourstringgirl like this.
  10. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    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.
  11. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine

    this presumes that the front loaded jack is on a pick guard. many are mounted to control plates.
  12. Fernando Costa

    Fernando Costa

    Aug 4, 2013
  13. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    Side and front are not the only options.
  14. Gravedigger Dav

    Gravedigger Dav Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Okay, true. Those will end up with ruined control plate.
  15. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    good grief, how hard do you yank on cables...?!?!?!

    I simply loop the cable around my strap to avoid that. ymmv.
    Marihino, hsech, kzr750r1 and 7 others like this.
  16. Turkeypills


    Nov 8, 2012
    St. Louis
    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.
  17. coughiefiend


    Nov 12, 2013
    Um.... that Ritter is HOT
  18. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    All my basses but one, have side sockets. The next one will have it on the front.
  19. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg , Conquest Sound
    I agree and also prefer side jacks.
  20. esa372


    Aug 7, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    I have never even heard of this happening before... and I've used both front and side jacks for many years. dunno.

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