Maybe this shouldn't be happening to my 68 DR Reissue...

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  1. marcflores

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    There is some play in the Custom channel jacks, where there is absolutely none in the Vintage channel jacks. This amp isn't a month old, so I'm still within my 45-day return period. Should I get this repaired or exchanged? I'd rather not pay for a repair. The main problem is if my cable is bumped or swiped while it's plugged into the Custom channel, the play in the jack causes loud pops. It's extremely annoying.

    Edit: I initially thought I had a faulty cable, so I had it replaced. Just for the hell of it, I tried it with a different cable and it doesn't happen at all.
     
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    If you got it at a boutique store I'd take it back and get it repaired ( take note of any serial numbers and other distinguishing things) They are great amps.
    Alternatively,have it replaced. Be quick as you seem to be running out of warranty time.
     
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    Low cost components. Poor quality control.
    So, all normal for todays standards.
     
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    I bought it at Guitar Center so I think I will have it replaced. Thanks!
     
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    ^^^ THIS ^^^
     
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    Mark,from the edit on your OP, it may be a bad cable causing the problem. If you are experienced with electronic repairs, a loose jack is an easy fix. If you are not, I agree with everyone, take it back, have it fixed or replaced; bring the two cables and have them tested too.

    That's a great amp, I got one a few years ago, I love it.
     
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    I agree. I think for peace of mind I'm going to exchange it because the culprit cable doesn't cause the same issue with the vintage channel. I was going to measure the diameter of the two different cable ends and compare the two since the other cable doesn't cause the problem at all, but I figured I won't bother.
     
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    @Silverface You've given solid amp advice in the past. Would this be an easy fix to do myself?
     
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    Some import cables are slightly small on the shank of the jack. I had that trouble with a cable for a while finally I figured it out. But it should be the same in normal or other channels...?
     
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    Yep it should be, but with the cable I suspect is smaller it's only happening in one channel and not the other. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
     
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    Doesn't look good, I looked up inside shots and it's enclosed jacks soldered to a PC board.

    On the old ones it was super easy, you just bend that tab that holds the jack.

    But try tightening that nut on the outside, maybe it'll do the trick.
     
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    Is this causing an actual issue? You could replace the jacks and end up with some that are slightly just sliiiiiiightly off tolerance and experience this behavior. If it works fine, and you don't get static noise when wiggling it, it's fine.
     
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    The nut outside is tight. That was the first thing I checked. I think I'll exchange it today.
     
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    It's bad. If I have my volume up and the cable is wiggled the slightest bit, loud and startling pops happen. I'm within my exchange/return period so I'm going to exchange the amp.
     
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    Yeah, let them fix it or replace it. I think those jacks solder to a board in the RI's...
     
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    Well there you go :D
     
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    I recorded this just now. And this is below volume 2. When I'm playing and I have it to 4 or 5 and the cable wiggles, my ears cry and my cat jumps for his life.

     
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    Yup - for sure bad. Use that 45-day to swap it out, although the warranty still would have had you covered for a bit.
     
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    I would guess you have a bad connection on the PCB where the jack is soldered on, or a damaged trace on the board. Let us know how things go at the store.
     
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    I see nothing unusual in the video. Jacks are not made to extremely tight tolerances as there is quite a bit of variation in the size of cable ends. If it's not buzzing, just take nut driver and see if the retaining nut is slightly loose. If so, tighten it. If not, I wouldn't even worry about it. It's not a "defect", it's just a variation in tolerance unless it's not connecting properly or the plug will not stay in place.
     
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