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Electrosocket question

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by JohnS, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. JohnS

    JohnS Friend of Leo's

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    What do you use to "lock" the jack to the Electrosocket? I'm guessing a star washer and a nut on the back side? What works best? Thanks.
     
  2. LocustPlague

    LocustPlague Tele-Holic

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    I think just screwing it in place is fine. Unless you hold it by the jack plug and spin, it won't come unscrewed.

    If I HAD to put something on it, I might water down white glue and put a drop on the threads. It will come off later but it will take a little bit of persuasion.
     
  3. 1955

    1955 Doctor of Teleocity

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    It screws on, and you use a nut or two and a washer to make sure the jack is in line (flush) with the socket. Then the electro socket is mounted with two screws to the guitar body. It's not going anywhere.
     
  4. JohnS

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    Got it. And the washer is a star or gripping washer, right?
     
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    No, it doesn't have to be a star or gripping washer. Just put the standard washer and nut on the input jack and then screw the electrosocket onto the jack.

    Putting the washer and nut on the threads helps to act as a spacer and keep the input end of the jack flush with the bottom of the electrosocket so your guitar cord slips right in (see photo below).

    Just snug the assembly up with a pair of needle-nose pliers (on the jack) and you will be fine.
     

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    Loctite.
     
  7. JohnS

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    Thanks all.
     
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    I kept the backing plate in the jack hole when I installed my electrosocket. I inserted the jack behind the backing plate with the threads extending enough through the hole in the plate to engage the electrosocket. Tightening down the electrosocket made the whole deal tight enough that it'll never work loose. It's been about 18 months now since I've done this and I haven't had one problem with the jack.
     
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    If you leave a little more of the jack sticking out you might find you can also use a cord with a right angled end - seems when you're that deep in the socket a straight cord is your only option.
     
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    I don't know that you need anything, really... as Locust said, it's threaded so it's not going anywhere. You'll mess up the solder joints in the wiring trying to turn the jack around before it would ever fall out of the guitar. (And what the heck would you be doing spinning the jack???)
     
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    Worked perfectly. Thanks! I added a small drop of white glue to the threads for luck. :D
     
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    The star washer (& nut behind) not only grips but ensures electrical contact.

    The jack needs to be well screwed into the Electrosocket, beyond flush, or you will not be able to use all right-angle jack plugs. Test fit to your right-angle plugs before fitting.
     
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  13. JohnS

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    A star washer was too thick. I only use straight plugs. I'm good to go.
     
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    Star washer too thick?

    There's plenty of room for a couple of nuts and washers behind the socket. You're not trying to put a nut on the outside are you? - the socket is threaded, it is a nut.
     
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    Just screw the #11 into the electrosocket. The more the threads stick out, the more a right-angle plug will likely seat properly. It has to go around a *lot* of times to truely come loose - I've never had one loosen at all.
     
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    Not on my setup. One thin nut, one thin flat washer and the top of the jack was flush with the bottom of the Electrosocket. This is a "real" Electrosocket and a Switchcraft jack. And I'm the only nut on the outside. ;)
     
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