Hello. I recently purchased a 2013 American Standard Stratocaster and found that when I took it home, the output jack was loose. I tried tightening it myself but did not have the correct tools and did not want to scratch it. I took it into Guitar Center today and they tightened it up but they said that there was even a bigger problem then it being loose. Apparently when it came out of the factory, it was not installed properly so when you go to plug in the guitar cable it will not insert all the way and feels like it is way to tight. The signal is perfectly clean when plugged into an amp although it really is a nuisance trying to plug in and unplug the guitar cable. I have to take it back in two days two get it looked at and repaired/altered by the in-house guitar technician. I don't think they are going to charge me but I do have questions for anyone viewing this thread. Have any of you had this problem with new Strat's? Also, is this something that I can repair myself? And lastly, If I get it repaired and altered to function correctly, does that take away its value after 25 years when it goes vintage. Silly question I know but, hey, I plan on holding on to this geetur a long time.