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Wierd Cable Thing

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by freshmeat1989, Feb 13, 2004.

  1. I have this cable that is pretty crappy, and staticky when you touch it, but i received a new planet wasves one in the mail from MF today. Its awesome. The tone is better when i used it the first two times and was clear and stuff, but after turning my amp on twice the tone of my bass got much deeper and fatter, and it doesn't pick up my hands sliding on the strings at all, and i switched to my old cable and it was the same as the new one. This is not bad, i like it like this but i was wondering what made this happened, if its an effect of the new cable that did something with the amp, or what is goin on since it does it with both cables now.
  2. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    i dont totally understand you. try again with some grammar and maybe i can help! :E:E:E lol
  3. Your problem, apparently, was not so much a result of the cable, but...

    ...the integrity of the 1/4" connections.

    You can buy a little device called a "ConducTool" that cleans the male and female 1/4" connections. About $20.

    Mine is always in my gigbag, it has been used successfully many times. :)
  4. Its not a bad thing, I like it, but I was just wondering what caused this change. Sorry Mr. Weed. :)
  5. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Unfortunately I can't say much good about these. I had one and it stripped all the gold plating off of my Monster cables, but as far as cleaning female jacks it did pretty well.
  6. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
  7. I found you you sneaky son of a gun. Anyways, I go plug in again, and the amp clicks three times, and I go back to my old tone, what is up with this?
  8. Finger Blister

    Finger Blister

    Jul 8, 2003
    Your input jack is probably oxidized.

    Your old cord just slides on in and rides the oxidation.

    New Planet Waves jack with spring-load expansion, moves
    some of the oxidation temporarily aside allow some clean contact.

    This cord and that into the input smears oxidation around some more.

    And the contact can go bad again.

    As bimplizkit suggested, the "ConducTool" will clean female 1/4 input connection.
    No one needs to use the 'male' phone jack cleaning feature, especially with a P.W. cable.

    Anywho, there are other ways to remove the crud that builds
    up over time inside input jacks.

  9. So the clean contact is what is giving me the fat, bassy tone or the cruddy contact?
  10. Finger Blister

    Finger Blister

    Jul 8, 2003

    Theorically - Clean contact=more signal=more tone.

    If you find the opposite to be true, let me know so I can
    gunk-up my input jacks too and find the magic.
  11. I'll do that. I looked at MF and the conductool has been dicontinued. Anthing else i can use to clean the input?
  12. Finger Blister

    Finger Blister

    Jul 8, 2003
    • Take it to the shop; the cause maybe something completely unexpected.

      If your sure it's the head's input jack:

    • Have a shop fix or replace the jack.

    • Try a good quality 'lubricated' contact cleaner: CAIG's DeoxIT

    • Replace jack the yourself

    • Abrasion Cleaning using a "Twisted in Wire Brush."

    Tool Example:
    Single Spiral, Single Stem, Brass, Stainless Steel,
    3" brush part with long handle, filled with medium stiff wire.


    Remember, it is the tips of the wire filament that do the work.
    Excessive pressure bends the filament.
    When using twisted brushes with wire bristles,
    rotate the brush as if tightening the brush construction.
    Most brushes are made to be rotated clockwise
    when the brush points away from the user.

    Pop the top of the amp before you clean.
    It's usually best to have a helper hold the amp with the
    jack pointed towards the ground while you clean with the
    wire brush tool.
    This helps the dust to fall away from internal parts.
    Check inside the amp and clean away any dust that
    may be present.
    Use rubbing alcohol on a 'Q-Tip' to clean the inside of the
    jack contacts after the procedure.
    With the top still off, insert cable phone jack and make sure
    that the contact is tight and soldier points are clean and solid.

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