Cracks around jack barrel, what to do?

Discussion in 'Technical Side of Things' started by Yann G, May 22, 2019.

  1. Yann G

    Yann G Electromatic

    May 12, 2019
    Hello again,

    I'm not sure it's the right forum to ask about this, I recently noticed cracks around the jack barrel on my Tennessee Rose (they added a metal plate on the newer Players Edition btw) and I'm wondering what I can do to prevent further damage. I guess it's only the lacquer and the cause is likely 10 years of plugging/unplugging the guitar, I don't remember stepping on the cable. Or is it just something not worth caring about?

    Thanks in advance for all input!

  2. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Jack plate ! .... ( just a thought )
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  3. stevo

    stevo Country Gent

    May 1, 2012
    Definitely in your finish. Me? I'd not worry about it. The more "honest" dings and scratches and crazing I have on my guitar, the better. This is the result of how tight the nut is and I dare say it's near impossible to get it tight enough without eventual cracking. It's either getting loose and rattling or you tighten it up and it starts cracking over time.

    If you want to prevent further cracking, a plastic or hard rubber washer underneath the nut might dampen the forces as you plug/unplug and prevent it from getting worse.
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  4. benjwri

    benjwri Country Gent

    Oct 27, 2011
    Central ON Can
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  5. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    I thought of you immediately, Rich!

    I'd have your local tech (or you) put in a jack plate. Even if it's just in the lacquer, it's a sign there's stress there. If Gretsch is doing it now, why not follow their lead?
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  6. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Friend of Fred

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
    It's laminated ply and therefore unlikely to be full depth. Plate it or leave it, it probably won't matter either way.
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  7. j.s.c

    j.s.c Country Gent

    Aug 19, 2008
    That's how rock'n'roll goes... bad education and brutal manners
  8. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    LOL.... and this was my first thought Jim . Finally we have a guitar company that gets it ...
  9. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Thunder58 is spot on. I would install one even now for piece of mind of trying to contain it from getting worse. It would hide a lot of it.

    There’s lots of threads on jack plates. I had installed a OEM Gibson nickel plate on my 6118. Exact size as Players Edition and it wasn’t so thick like others that force you to replace your jack. Here’s a thread on it with a picture of mine installed at the end. Super easy home project. I used a razor blade and shave a wooden dowel to fit snuggly in the jack before removing the nut. Otherwise you might end up frustrated trying to fish it out.
    Last edited: May 22, 2019
  10. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Gretschie

    Nov 11, 2018
    Paris, north down Montmartre hill
    So did I.
    But as @Yann G has not been registered for long, I will quote your mantra:

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  11. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
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