Guitar tech how-to hints,repair stories,Cd reviews and more,from professional guitar tech/luthier,record collector and music fanatic Phil Clark.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Collapsed 1/4" Jack on a thin semi-hollow
Today's patient is a DeArmond Starfire Custom, a Korean made version of Guilds Starfire IV. These are pretty cool guitars with unique pickups,a retro pickguard and cool "D" logo knobs. It has a problem common to many guitars that have a 1/4" jack mounted on the side. When I received the guitar, the wood around the jack had collapsed and the jack was inside the guitar. Even worse, someone had tried to fix it using some kind of mystery glue. What they were trying to glue to what, we'll never know. Provided there is enough wood to mount it on, the common fix for this is to install a metal jackplate onto the guitar. After gently prying and scraping the glue off, I chose the square jackplate, to better cover the damage to the guitar. Despite a bit of cracked finish showing over the binding, it looks reasonably well tended to. Hey,John Scofield has one on his Ibanez signature model so it must be cool,right?