World's BEST 1/4" Jack??

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Bassamatic, Jun 26, 2020.

  1. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's

    I don't recall seeing any mention here of the Puretone jacks that I have recently discovered. Please forgive if this is common knowledge, but they are so good, they deserve to be mentioned again, IMHO.

    I had an 80's Japanese bass a few years ago that had a really good jack with TWO fingers pressing on the plug tip. It made great sense to do this, but never saw another one. Then, I discovered the Puretone jacks! Wow - fantastic!

    They not only have 2 fingers on the tip, but two fingers on the sleeve as well and they are shaped for better contact with the plug. No more noise or intermittent connections. Sure, they take a little more effort to plug in and out, but your plug will never fall out, and they are GREAT for speakers and amps as they have so much more contact area.

    They are available from several sources online - I ordered a few just to have them ready next time I need a jack. I would never use anything else. They even have barrel jacks!

    Puretone Jack.jpg
  2. bpc


    Mar 29, 2016
    Central Scotland
    I've never seen these before. I will definitely be considering them the next time I need a new jack socket.
  3. Weight?
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  4. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's

    You mean of the jack? They are surely more than a jack with less connectors, but you are talking about 1/2 oz or something like that.
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  5. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    seen those for a while now; neat gimmick but i'd never choose an otherwise cheap import jack like that over the far more robust plain ol' switchcraft # 11
    there's a zillion of these on vintage guitars and amps all working perfectly after half a century

    if you want to get fancy i see where they have a dual-prong version too, the # 2T11


    don't see a real need though
  6. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    This ^
  7. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's

    I will take 4 contact points per section over 1 any day. I will also say that every jack that has failed has likely been the old type and it failed because of poor original design.
  8. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    Joking. ;)
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  9. bassdude51

    bassdude51 "You never even called me by my name." Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Central Ohio
    Ehm, I have a 1966 Fender P Bass with the original Switchcraft jack. I have a 1953 Fender P Bass with the original Switchcraft jack. I have a house that was built in 1965 with Switchcraft phone jacks. All of these are still working perfectly.

    Ahh, Switchcraft works.
  10. Jefenator

    Jefenator Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2008
    Pure Tone has a “barrel” style as well. I would like to try that eventually. (Alas, it was back ordered the last time I needed parts.)
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  11. zombywoof5050


    Dec 20, 2001
    The tip and sleeve contact points are so close together, it looks like the tip of the cable will short the jack before full insertion. Maybe not bad for a passive bass (not sure about an active bass), but possibly disastrous on an amp's 1/4" speaker output as well as the speaker's jack. All just IMO from looking at the picture. Would be much better with more distance between the sleeve and tip connections.
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  12. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    The thing I would worry about with that jack is the short spring section - the Switchcraft design doubles back, which makes the spring longer, which makes it less likely to be pushed out of its linear/elastic region. The shorter spring section on the design in question is more likely to become deformed. Springs on cars are either coils (which lengthens the spring section considerably), or long leafs - for the same reason.
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  13. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    ooh, good point. a shorter bit of metal will get bent harder and wear out sooner
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  14. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    hmm; barrel jacks (even switchcraft) mostly suck regardless, i wonder if this one is an actual improvement?

    ad copy says "more contact area" without saying more than what, kind of annoying
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  15. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    All I know that over the last 45+ years of playing electric instruments that I have had examples of every other jack mentioned in this thread break at one point or another, EXCEPT for the venerable Switchcraft #11 - never a failure. Don't ask me to count the number of guitars, amps, stomp boxes, accessories, etc., that I have used with the Switchcraft jacks, because I have lost count over the decades; probably hundreds.
  16. Fender4Me

    Fender4Me The Undertaker

    Switchcraft for me. Those jacks appear to make the cord difficult to remove which could easily cause a pickguard to break or crack. I guess they would be OK to use if its not mounted to a plastic pickguard.
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  17. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    another good point, those would probably be a bad idea on a P-bass
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  18. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    The world's best Jack:


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  19. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's

    You should have asked it if was a good jack for Metal.:D
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  20. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's

    That is a good point, but it depends on the quality of the metal and how far it moves for it to be a problem or not.