One of the more common problems that most electric guitar players will eventually come across is a dead signal. Sometimes it might be the pickup wiring, the guitar’s circuitry or even something as simple as using a bad cable. And sometimes the problem can even stem from the output jack (sometimes wrongly referred to as an input jack), and if that’s the case then you’re in luck because rather than go out and get it repaired for about $40 (which is what I paid back when I was green behind the ears and the most I knew about wiring was connecting a Nintendo to a TV), you can fix it yourself for a fraction of the price – less than $5 if you already happen to have a soldering kit and common household tools. So, before you go and spend your hard-earned money, check out our tutorial on fixing an output jack. While you might not need the info this moment, the process is not all that hard and will save you plenty of time and worry when you find yourself stuck with a silent guitar. Besides, there’s no comparison to the satisfaction of fixing your axe with just your bare hands and a few tools.
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