One of the most common problems that electric guitar players encounter is a loose wire in the input jack. This can cause various problems including intermittent connectivity or no connectivity at all. It is relatively easy, however, if the problem is solely a loose wire in the input jack. Here are tips for how to solder the wire back to the correct connection.
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Things you need
- Soldering iron
- Philips head screwdriver
Pre-heat the soldering iron for three to five minutes. It is essential that you heat up your soldering iron before starting any other process. That way, once you are ready to solder, you will not have to wait for it to heat up.
Remove the jack plate from the guitar. This is the plate that covers the input jack. On most electric guitars, there are two small screws that need to be unscrewed in order to remove the jack plate.
Locate the loose wire. Make sure that a loose wire is the reason why you are having connectivity problems by locating the loose wire. If you have found the loose wire, you can begin soldering.
Solder the wire. Be sure to clean the tip of the solder blip (the pointed tip of the soldering iron) before starting any soldering. Simultaneously apply the blip, along with solder, to the wire you want to solder. You will want to use your dominant hand to hold the soldering iron and your offhand to hold the solder.
Solder the wire and lug. Once the solder has been applied to the wire, it is time to reattach the wire to the lug. The lug is the connecting piece of metal that the wire should have been attached to. Again, simultaneously apply the blip and solder to the wire and lug.
Cool the wire and lug. Make sure that you hold the newly soldered wire and lug as still as possible for at least 20 to 30 seconds. This will help you avoid a cold solder joint.
Re-install the jack plate. After your soldered wire and lug have cooled, screw the jack plate back in to place. Your connectivity issues should be solved.
Tips and warnings
- Practice on a test wire before attempting it on your guitar