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Replacement Spectrum FX jack socket

Post by The Don on Mon Feb 03, 2014 3:10 am

I'v just had a rummage around inside my new (to me) Spectrum FX and have come to the conclusion that the jack socket is knackered. About 98% of the time I get a loud buzzing noise and cannot hear the guitar at all and the other 2% of the time after I have wiggled the lead in exactly the right way I can hear the guitar (and very nice it sounds too) until I move again very slightly and I'm back to noise again.

The wiring to the jack looks fine which makes me think that the jack socket itself is at fault. The socket is different from those on the other Spectrums I own (3xGT, 1xSTEmbarassed) - I had intended to cannibalise from the ST. Instead it looks like a cylinder-style jack like the one in the link below:

http://www.axetec.co.uk/axetec_media/sckt06-black-1000.gif

This calls for a 12mm mounting hole.

Does anyone have experience of replacing a jack socket on a Spectrum FX, if so would this be a suitable replacement ?

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Re: Replacement Spectrum FX jack socket

Post by corsair on Mon Feb 03, 2014 3:41 am

Check the cable first!!!

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Re: Replacement Spectrum FX jack socket

Post by The Don on Mon Feb 03, 2014 3:46 am

corsair wrote:Check the cable first!!!
Good advice.

5 cables checked.

All cables also work in my other guitars.

Guitar was sold stating that the jack had problems.

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Re: Replacement Spectrum FX jack socket

Post by corsair on Mon Feb 03, 2014 5:32 am

Cool!! I've not seen that but I suspect a couple of mine have such a socket. If it looks right then straight replacement seems "the go"...

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Re: Replacement Spectrum FX jack socket

Post by Barry on Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:15 am

Sounds like oxidation. These closed jacks are a bugger to access, but they sometimes respond to a squirt of contact cleaner and/or a rolled up tube of fine grit emery cloth.

That's assuming it's still mechanically sound. But if the contact points are fatigued and have lost their "spring" replacement is the best option. The one referenced should do fine assuming it fits the mounting hole.

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Re: Replacement Spectrum FX jack socket

Post by The Don on Mon Feb 03, 2014 12:27 pm

Thanks, I've had the old one out this afternoon and checked the size of the hole - it's 12 mm. Frankly for 7.40 and five minutes of my time it's a no-brainer so a replacement is on its way. I'll hang onto the original "just in case"

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Re: Replacement Spectrum FX jack socket

Post by The Don on Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:00 am

The replacement jack socket arrived earlier today and replacing the original took less than ten minutes even for a hamfisted oaf like me. The guitar now performs faultlessly so I can absolutely endorse the replacement jack socket as being suitable. I would however add the following small notes:

1) The replacement, while acceptable isn't quite as sturdy as the original and is visually slightly different. If you absolutely insist on originality then try to repair the original
2) The replacement comes without a rubber grommet and the washer and nut aren't quite as good as the original so I suggest that you recycle

3) I connected different pins than the original, this could have been a mess up by the original own


All in all 7.40 well spent

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Re: Replacement Spectrum FX jack socket

Post by Westbone on Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:15 am

Sounds like you had a bad earth on the old one.

Fine wet 'n dry and a shot of switch cleaner.

Just like Bazza said, works a treat.

They tarnish up from lack of use.

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Re: Replacement Spectrum FX jack socket

Post by Barry on Wed Feb 05, 2014 12:00 pm

Happy to hear she's working again Don.
Generally speaking, it seems like just about every "replacement" item around is cheaper in both cost and material.

Practically nothing matches the quality of the original MIJ parts, especially where Mats is concerned. Neutral

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