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Old December 1st, 2008, 10:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Tele Input jack

Hello! Wanted to know opinions on jack replacement. Maybe with a switchcraft & Electrosocket cup or has anybody done a Les Paul type Jack setup?

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Old December 1st, 2008, 11:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Definitely Electrosocket - it might be one of the nicest, least expensive mods that you can do to your Tele. There are some milled jack cups around out there, but they can get pretty pricey compared to the Electrosocket.

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Old December 1st, 2008, 11:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have used the LP jack plate on my Affinity and my patscaster.Both had screwholes from a different plate anyway , if not I would have used the socket instead
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I use the Electro socket too, I don't go anywhere near the "traditional" cup unless someone threatens bodily harm...

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Old December 2nd, 2008, 12:09 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Electro Socket for sure.
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 12:13 AM   #6 (permalink)
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The Electrosocket is certainly the best looking option. If you adjust the jack so it just comes to the top of the threads in the cup, you'll find it a lot easier to plug your cable in without having to fumble around.
Match it up with a new Switchcraft jack. An old input jack in questionable condition will always fail on you at the worst possible time, guaranteed.
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 01:19 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I've done the Les Paul jack and the ElectroSocket, and recommend the ElectroSocket...not that the Les Paul jack is bad, but I just think the ElectroSocket is better...
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 01:20 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I like the electrosocket too... I have one in my pinecaster.

On my Squier I drilled 2 holes in the stamped cup and used a couple of pickguard screws (like an electrosocket) to stop it from coming loose... didn't cost anything...
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 01:25 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Another one for the ElectroSocket here. I have them in both my teles... I think they are just more sturdy than anything I've seen. And they look nice.
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For my use an old style jack cup with a properly installed quality retainer works fine with no reliability problems, and I like the looks.

If I was choosing another style jack support, I'd choose an Electrosocket over an LP style. If you install an LP style and later someone wants either an original style or Electrosocket on that body, the old screw holes from the LP style will be left showing. If you install an Electrosocket and later someone wants an original style on that body, the old screw holes from the Electrosocket won't be left showing.

The original non-Switchcraft jacks on my Teles all work well. I bought a a Switchcraft for my partscaster I assembled not having a spare jack. Switchcraft jacks have a good reputation for reliability, that's what I'll buy again when I need another.

If you get an Electrosocket jack holder be careful to match the threads on it and the jack you plan to use.
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 03:37 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I've never had a guitar that needed an input jack.

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Old December 2nd, 2008, 07:11 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I've used just about every one you can think of and I like the electrosocket the best.
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 08:32 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I just built a custom Tele for a client and used the Electrosocket, but I was disappointed in the finish. It looks like it's right off a CNC lathe taking a fairly smooth cut, but it doesn't shine. It looked dull and out of place against all of the chrome accents on the Tele.

So I chucked it up in my lathe (1940s, definitely not CNC!) and polished the cup with 220, 400, 600 grit, and finally mag wheel polish. It gleams now. I know it'll get scratched up by plug tips, but at least it hangs in there with the chrome.
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 09:18 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Electrosocket OUTput socket for sure. Unfortunately the one thing Leo didnt get right.
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 05:55 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Thanks for the help! I'll go with the Electrosocket. By the way is there specific part # for the switchcraft jack?
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 06:02 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I'm thinking of the Electro socket, though, so far so good on the Am Std. The MIM tele jack failed -came loose and fell out- in the first week, and its getting thrown out soon as I have time to do it... its the only black mark on a overall good mass-production guitar.
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 11:12 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I've never had any issues with my stock jack or socket cup. If it ever needed replacing, I'd probably go the Switchcraft/ Electrosocket route, respectively. I've just heard good things all around. Are there any other advantages besides durability...ie: tonal advantages?
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Old December 4th, 2008, 09:45 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Tonal benefits? No. A connection is a connection. As long as the plug isn't falling out of the guitar, they're all going to sound the same.
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Old December 4th, 2008, 11:06 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Electrosocket (polished as billm suggests) and I like to use a stereo Switchcraft jack... The extra claw, though not wired, adds some extra grip to the cable.
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Old December 4th, 2008, 11:08 AM   #20 (permalink)
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The elecrosocket is simplicity in itself. It is easily fitted and easily taken out and it doesn't interfere with the original look.

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