Make FirM con­TacT

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to fet­tling Strats and also sug­gests that close scru­tiny of the out­put jack can yield tone ben­e­fits on stage. “One of the most im­por­tant and over­looked things on a gui­tar is the out­put jack. The orig­i­nal out­put jack on a Stra­to­caster was a Switchcraft one that had a very strong grip to it. In fact, it was quite hard to pull the gui­tar lead out! Some of the newer ones aren’t strong enough to re­tain a re­ally good con­nec­tion. The cur­rent from the pick­ups is so low that it’s re­ally, re­ally sen­si­tive to dirt and ox­i­di­s­a­tion. The tighter socket will also cut through ox­i­di­s­a­tion a lot bet­ter. You need a great con­tact to get a de­tailed sound, so my top tip is make sure you get a good qual­ity Switchcraft out­put jack socket fit­ted.”

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