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HowTo: Exchanging the input jack

Discussion in 'Non - Official Warwick Customer Support' started by The Insane, May 13, 2007.

  1. The Insane

    The Insane

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    Hello everybody,

    if you have a preoblem with you input jack (signal gets cut, crackling noise etc.), the contacts in your input jack might be worn out, like mine. This can happen very easily when using PlanetWaves cables or similar ones that have a 6.35mm!!! jack. The input jacks on Warwick basses are made for standard 6.3mm jacks, so I use normal Neutrik jacks.
    I made tutorial for replacing the input jack with a new one, hope you enjoy it.

    1. Tools you need:

    -soldering iron
    -tin-solder
    -14mm straddle wrench (open-end wrench, I don't know the exact english word)
    -new input jack
    -some paper for protecting your table/working place from melted tin-solder

    2. Let's go (Removing the input jack):

    Place your bass upside-down on a soft subsurface and open the control cavity. Remove the battery.
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    Take the straddle wrench and loose the screw-nut. You can't work from a good angle, so be careful not to slip of the nut and crashing into your electronics. When the nut is loose, unscrew it with your fingers.
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    Pull out the input jack very gently, mind the cables! Then note down the colour of each cable and to which pin it is attached to (there's a short, middle and a long pin).
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    Now get your soldering iron, tin-solder and the new input jack.
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    Press gently on the solder joints with the tip of your hot soldering iron for removing the cables.
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    Collect the screw-nut and the washer inside the control cavity. Now you should have this:
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    3. Installing the new input jack:

    Put a little bit of the tin-solder on the strands.
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    Then put the new screw-nut and washer on the cables and the cables back through the hole in the control cavity.
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    Put a little bit of the tin-solder on the pins of the new input jack, too. It should look similar to this:
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    Remember the colours? Then solder the cables and the pins together by pressing the cable on the pin with your soldering iron gently. You souldn't need additional tin solder.
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    Yeah, almost done. Now put the input jack back into its hole and fasten the screw nut. Reinstall the battery.
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    Well done, now plug your bass into your rig and play :D
     
  2. Escobon

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    You did a really great job on this. Thanks.

    O
     
  3. Florin

    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Staff Member

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    REally good, thanks! I have changed a few jacks until now, but it never crossed my mind to solder the wires outside the bass :) Maybe next time ...
     
  4. maddrakkett

    maddrakkett R.I.P.

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    Excellent. Thank you. I've swapped my fretless to a chrome Switchcraft and I'll be changing to a black Switchcraft on my $$ this week. Much more reliable output jacks IMO :)
     
  5. Patrik

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    Thanks mate! Good stuff!
     
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    nice guide mate. great useful pics :D
     
  7. sethsbase

    sethsbase Warwick Endorser

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    That is bloody fantastic. Thanks so much for posting that with all those pics!! I'm making it sticky so everyone will be able to find it easily in the future. :D
     
  8. ThirdthumB

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    Hmmmm,

    maybe that's why I have to squeeze in my Ernie Ball cable into my Thumb 4 NT...................(although it fits perfectly well into my Thumb 4 BO).......... :?
     
  9. The Insane

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    Thanks guys :D
     
  10. Grgzilla

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    Excellent thread this,really well done & so easy to follow.Good job Mr.Insane. :wink:
     
  11. Oil Can

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    As a user of the Planet Waves cables this could come in quite handy.

    Great Job!

    Oil Can
     
  12. Michael J

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    why cant i delete this?
     
  13. Michael J

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    I hope i never have to do this...

    What cables are proper fits for wicks? (Ryhme)
     
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    Any with Neutrik-plugs.
    Just look out for them or ask your dealer.
     
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    Great post! Just a quick question. Can we get part numbers, as well as maybe a link to where we can order the replacement jacks? Thanks!
     
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    because there was another post beneith it when you tried to delete it. after theres another post you can no longer delete...only edit
     
  17. The Insane

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    I think you should contact Dana B. Goods because you are living in the States. That would be your right contact person.
     
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    Awesome post!
    Thank you!
     
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    aww, NOW I see this thread. Two days after I paid a tech to do it. oh well. twas only 20 bucks.
     
  20. james brunnning

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    I have done this type of repair often over the years.And like a stoogie I put the nut and washer on the wires out side of the body and forgot to put them on the wires all together.It's one of the those hang your head moments and do it over again.Or even better don't write down where the wires go and forget.And have to figure out the correct way. :lol:
     
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