Introduction

In this guide, we will demonstrate how to solder a new output jack on a Hofner Bass Guitar. This will require the use of a soldering iron. It is recommended that you review a guide to basic soldering before proceeding, as the step-by-step soldering procedure in this guide is not all-inclusive.

  1. Using the #1 philips screwdriver, remove the jack plate from the bottom corner of the guitar.
    • Using the #1 philips screwdriver, remove the jack plate from the bottom corner of the guitar.

    • Place the components in your container in order to keep track of them.

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  2. Using your #1 philips screwdriver, remove the four screws attaching the control panel to the instrument.
    • Using your #1 philips screwdriver, remove the four screws attaching the control panel to the instrument.

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    • Locate the jack if it has fallen inside the guitar.

    • Pull the jack and attached wire through the jack hole.

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    • Proceed with soldering only when working in a well ventilated area.

    • Warning. When soldering, the tip and shaft of the soldering iron will become extremely hot. Avoid contact.

    • Using your soldering iron, melt the solder connecting the ground wire to the old jack.

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    • Using your wire stripper tool, cut the end of the wire off.

    • Then, strip the wire so it looks similar to the wire in the red box.

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    • Now we will prep the wire for soldering.

    • Secure the wire using the helping hands tool.

    • Heat one of the conductors with the soldering iron.

    • Maintaining contact between the iron and wire, carefully apply solder to the conductor.

    • Repeat this process for the other conductor.

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    • Next, prep the jack for soldering.

    • Secure the jack using the helping hands tool.

    • Apply the iron to the first conductor tab to heat it.

    • Now apply the solder to the heated tab.

    • Repeat this process for the second conductor tab.

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    • Now we will proceed to solder the components.

    • Touch the hot wire to the hot conductor tab and heat with the soldering iron until they melt together.

    • Repeat this process, connecting the ground wire to the ground conductor tab.

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    • Put the first nut on the output jack shaft.

    • Place the jack plate on the shaft.

    • Put the second nut on the shaft, tightening with a crescent wrench.

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