Posted 10 December 2005 - 02:31 AM
Might also be worth checking your input sockets on the guitar/pedal, etc, just to cover all the bases here.
If the jack has been swivelling about in the socket on the guitar then it can loosen it and twist it about, causing the connection inside to fracture or break. If people twist the screw in to tighten it again then that can make it worse. Unscrew the jack plate, check the connections. If it needs a resolder, solder it up. Tighten the washer, then screw the plate back on. (One thing that's worth doing is to thread the cable out from the socket on the guitar through your guitar strap down by your strap button (hard to explain in words on an internet forum). It means that if you tread on the cable you're not going to pull it out of the socket, and it also stops the jack from swivelling around in the socket and causing it to unthread or twisting the internal wiring and breaking it.)
If it is the cable and if it's an issue at the jack-ends like Six talked about then it might be fixable. If the cable has fractured along its length - as can happen if you twist it so it kinks, or stand on it - then you might as well get a new one.
If you have to do down the replacement route, go for a decent quality cable. You don't necessarily need to splash out on Monster, George L, ProCo, etc to get a decent cable, people like Venom, Fender and the likes make some perfectly fine stuff too, but it's certainly worth investing in something of a reasonable level of quality.
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