How the **** did this just happen?

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  1. Malurkey

    Malurkey Senior Stratmaster

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    And more importantly, how do I get the jack back out of the guitar?
     
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    Stratobastard Strat-Talker

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  3. henderman

    henderman Dr. Stratster

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    try a magnet on a string or stick but what a nightmare.
     
  4. guitarchaeologist

    guitarchaeologist Master Spuddler Silver Member

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    Looks like the nut was loose and the jack fell out. Try a bent clothes hanger through the input jack hole, but you may have to pull a pickup and sort it that way. Or a telescoping magnet coupled with a clothes hanger
     
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  5. heltershelton

    heltershelton Vivamus libero Vivamus duris

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    maybe something like this?
    you would have to snag it just right.
    maybe @Scott Baxendale might know.
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  6. dirocyn

    dirocyn Most Honored Senior Member

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    The nut and washer fell off.

    A magnet is a great idea, forceps might also work. Or push it back out with some rubber tubing through the f-hole.
     
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  7. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy Mouth draggin' knuckle breather

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    Man, that sucks.

    But at least you know it was done once so it can be done again.


     
  8. henderman

    henderman Dr. Stratster

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    every mechanic has one of those for the stuff that gets dropped in weird places, they are the best
     
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  9. guitarchaeologist

    guitarchaeologist Master Spuddler Silver Member

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    An indispensable tool. Mine is on my desk right now. I must use this thing two or three times each week for various jobs.

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  10. heltershelton

    heltershelton Vivamus libero Vivamus duris

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    they also make them adjustable so you can do different angles.
     
  11. ibdrkn1

    ibdrkn1 Senior Stratmaster

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    The magnet or bent hanger are good suggestions. It will be a PITA but doable.

    Whatever you use if possible try to have the washer and nut already on the magnet or hanger before you start so when you get the Jack in place there less to fumble with. Many times I've had the Jack in the right position only to drop it trying to get washer and nut ready.
     
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  12. Leofender

    Leofender Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Look at the bright side...
    You can combine your guitar skills and fishing simultaneously! :)
     
  13. heltershelton

    heltershelton Vivamus libero Vivamus duris

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    looky here what i found. there is a tool specifically for this. i would also add a drop of the BLUE loktight on the threads.
     
  14. guitarchaeologist

    guitarchaeologist Master Spuddler Silver Member

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    Well that's worth spending a few minutes to make! Nice find.
     
  15. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy Mouth draggin' knuckle breather

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    Yeah I thought it was pretty cool too. :)
     
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  16. Bob Spumoni

    Bob Spumoni Senior Stratmaster

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    By hook or by crook. This happened to one of mine. I fiddled and fiddled. Eventually a little piece of bent wire got the job done, so in my case it was by hook, sorta; but I really think it was just matter of luck. The longer you work at it, the better your odds, as with most things.

    I did use a little loctite on it.
     
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    Rudedawg Senior Stratmaster

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    Ooooops, darn! Yeah had that happen to me on a semi hollow. A couple of videos that helped me:
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    Good luck
     
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  18. radd

    radd Strat-O-Master

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    I think there is almost no chance you can get the jack back through the hole with a magnet.

    I would just put it back in place the same way most of us install them. Through the f hole hook one of the wires that go to it and pull it out of the guitar. Take a dowel and sand down the end until it fits snugly into the jack. Remove the dowel then hold the jack just inside or above the f hole and feed the dowel through the jack hole from the outside of the guitar, through the body up to the f hole and into the jack. Then just pull the jack back into place with the dowel.


    The first time I did this I used an old guitar cable end. I cut it off, ground it down so all of it fit through a jack hole, put a string on it, dropped it into the guitar through the jack hole, fished it through the f hole with a bent wire, plugged it into the jack and pulled the jack into place.

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  19. Malurkey

    Malurkey Senior Stratmaster

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    I cut up a clothes hanger to make a tool to get the jack back in place but what a pain in the behind that was!

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    How did it get loose in the first place? It’s not a part that sees a lot of rotation.
     
  20. radd

    radd Strat-O-Master

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    Good job getting it back on.

    It is not uncommon for them to work loose. Periodically I check mine and tighten them.