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 The "Vintage Jack"


  Installation Tips


Test the fit of EVERYTHING before making any of the final connection or installation of anything.

The LAST step in the installation process is to seat the "Vintage Jack" into place using light pressure and a little "twist".  If you like, you can use a little powdered rosin on the tapered end of the Vintage Jack to make the installation more secure.  We DO NOT recommend the use of glue or other adhesives to retain the "Vintage Jack".

The NEXT TO LAST step in the installation process is usually to permanently mount the pickups.

The first step in installing your "Vintage Jack" is to remove your existing end pin. Most guitar endpins are held by the friction fit of the taper on the endpin itself. If the fit is especially tight you will need a non-maring tool to grip the endpin so that you can give it a firm pull and twist to remove it. You could use a pair of pliers padded with a piece of leather, or a better safer tool would be Stewart MacDonald's (www.stewmac.com) #1774 end pin grip tool. Some endpins are glued in place (Collings, some Taylors and a few others). If your end pin is glued in, you will need to cut off the button end of the end pin, redrill the hole with a 1/4" drill and ream out the 5 degree taper. Stewart MacDonald's #4323 endpin reamer is the correct tool for that job. If your end pin is difficult to remove, or if you are uncertain about the work, consult your local luthier for professional help.

Now you can test the fit of your "Vintage Jack" in the endpin hole of your guitar. The shoulder of the button on the "Vintage Jack" endpin should fit up close to (1/32" - 1/16")but not actually contact the body of your guitar. If your "Vintage Jack" does not enter far enough into the endpin hole, check the condition of the hole. Sometimes there is considerable roughness, unevenness or possibly glue residue in the endpin hole. If this is the case, you will need to clean up the inside of the hole. The object here is not necessarily to enlarge the hole (a change in hole diameter of .0025" will make a 1/32" difference in the depth fit of the "Vintage Jack" into the hole), rather it is to smooth up the roughness or unevenness to improve the fit. There are several ways to do this. A luthier might use his endpin hole tool (Stewart MacDonald #4323), turning it backwards to burnish rather than ream the hole. A player with limited access to specialized tools might attach a small piece of 320 or 400 grit wet-or-dry sandpaper to his guitar endpin and use that with a very light touch to smooth and burnish the endpin hole. There are undoubtedly many other methods that will give satisfactory results. If the "Vintage Jack" seems to be too small for the endpin hole in your instrument -- e-mail me (keith@tapastring.com) or call 719-846-7954 -- shims, tape, or other such stuff is probably not a good solution. There can be much variation in the size of endpin holes and it may be necessary to machine a special "Vintage Jack" for a custom fit to your guitar.

Your "Vintage Jack" is equipped with 3 wires -- 2 shielded audio wires and one unshielded black wire. You may only need one of the shielded audio wires. One of the shielded audio wires is marked with a section of black heat shrink tubing -- this is used for single pickup installations (Mono) or the primary pickup in dual pickup systems (Stereo). The unmarked shielded adudio wire is for the second pickup in dual pickup systems (you may not need this wire). The black wire is used to switch the battery on pickup systems with onboard active electronics (You may not need this wire either). The unused wires may either be cut off short, or coiled and secured inside your guitar for possible future use.  Wiring the Vintage Jack to your pick up will require soldering skills and the actual connections will vary depending upon your choice of pickups.

Use string to measure before cutting and soldering the pickup/Vintage Jack wires.  Tape one end of the string to where the pickup will be and thread the other end out the endpin hole.  Be sure to allow enough extra length to allow you to make the solder connections.  Measure twice - cut once.  Tape the wires together to simulate the "cut length" and do a "dry run/test fit" of ALL parts before cutting, soldering, or permanently mounting the pickups.

The LAST step in the installation process is to seat the "Vintage Jack" into place using moderate pressure and a little "twist". If you like, you can use a little powdered rosin on the taper of the Vintage Jack to make the installation more secure. Use a Q-Tip or small brush to dust a little powdered rosin into the endpin hole and onto the tapered portion of the endpin. While we DO NOT recommend the use of glue to retain the "Vintage Jack" --  if you must -- use only a very small drop of white wood glue, a little goes a very long way.  (Someone may want to remove the "Vintage Jack" someday and that person might be you).



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