What is this thing?

Discussion in 'Vintage Gretsch Discussion' started by Nickels, Apr 6, 2019.

  1. Nickels

    Nickels Electromatic

    Mar 18, 2019
    Hey everyone!
    I am in the process of examining the components of my ‘69 Gretsch Duo Jet and considering whether I will replace them or not, due to rust and age, and they are all slowly starting to fail.
    As I was going through and trying to trace the wiring, these guys popped out. They both seem to be coming from the direct pickup wires. There’s one from the neck and one from the bridge.
    Does anyone have any idea what they are, and their purpose? They seem to be just extenders for the wires, but the pickup leads are pretty long as they are.

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  2. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    Early version of quick connect plugs—makes servicing easier, since you don’t have to solder the pickup leads should you need to remove them.
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  3. Nickels

    Nickels Electromatic

    Mar 18, 2019
    Thanks for the quick response! That makes sense as to what they are, but I'm just not sure how they work. The leads are soldered on both sides, and it doesn't appear the parts slide apart from each other. Is the point that instead of soldering the pickup leads, you are soldering the plug?
  4. markeebee

    markeebee Country Gent

    It's just a quick way of jointing the wires together instead of splicing them. Normally you'd twist the ground wires together, twist the signal wires together, solder them, and then tape them to insulate them from each other

    Using those turrets is quicker and probably more robust.
  5. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    That's the male end. The female is made to accept it. The reason for solder on both ends is it's much like an old school RCA male. The wire is inserted into the tube and flooded with solder.
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  6. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Country Gent

    Jul 30, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
  7. stevo

    stevo Country Gent

    May 1, 2012
    If it were me, I'd be inclined to splice and direct solder the pickups and not use these anymore. In that case, I would slide heat shrink into place beforehand so you can create a bullet proof connection that will never have issues.
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