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TRS output jack question

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Ljudsystem, Oct 4, 2017.

  1. Ljudsystem


    Oct 4, 2017
    Hi everybody

    The output jack on my Danelectro Longhorn bass crackles. There seems to be no faults with the wires/solder connections. There's a bit of wiggle room in the jack, what I think is the problem is that when i wiggle the cable it looses contact with the ground.

    Here's the question:

    I have a spare TRS-jack. Of course, I could put the TRS jack in the bass and wire the ground wire to the sleeve and leave the ring...

    BUT what about wiring the the ground wire to the ring instead? (and the sleeve???)

    As long as I use a mono cable that would work wouldn't it? Plus the ground connection would be much more solid since the ring flange would be pushing against the ground part of the cable.
  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
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    Yeah that should work just fine, I would think. Might be easier to simply tighten the existing jack though.
  3. Why do you want to ground the ring terminal instead of the sleeve? If anything, you would ground both terminals.
  4. Ljudsystem


    Oct 4, 2017
    I have tried tightening the jack and cleaned it with contact cleaner but that doesn't seem to help.

    So it's okay to ground both terminals? Sorry, electronics isn't really my thing.
  5. They are both grounded when the cable gets plugged in, anyway.
  6. Geri O

    Geri O Supporting Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS
    Ditto. Yes, you can tie the the ring and the sleeve together.
  7. Ljudsystem


    Oct 4, 2017
    Ok, thanks for the help everybody!

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