If you play guitar then you already know just how important your amp is and that it is in good working condition. This is why if your Fender Amp is no longer producing the sound that you are use to or it is only working intermittently it can be very frustrating. There can be a variety of reasons why your amp is not working properly or not working at all. One of the most common things that can cause problems with the sound and the proper working order are the jacks and plugs. Very often these are the culprits behind the lack of proper sound or no sound at all.
Because your input jacks and plugs can take a beating over the years especially during all your practice sessions. Because of all the wear and tear and abuse this part of your amp can receive often they go bad with all of the abuse on the jacks and plugs. They often can get damaged during practice sessions as well as during their transport to and from different gigs you might be involved with.
Fortunately for you, the process of replacing these items is a pretty simple thing to do and if done correctly should be done in an hour or even less.
Here are the items that you will need to take care of your amps problem:
- A screwdriver
- A soldering pen
- Some solder
- New jacks and plugs, it could be more than one if you amp requires more than one input jacks and plugs.
- A pair of pliers
When going to replace the amp jack especially, you need to first remember to unplug your amp. Yes, simple but you’d be surprised how often people forget to do this. Once you have unplugged the amp you will then need to remove the back of the amp case. The back of the amp is usually held onto the amp with a few screws that are attached to the casing of the amp.
The next thing you will need to do is to unscrew what is called the hex nut that secures the jack to the faceplate. Once this hex nut is removed from the amp the jack is going to easily slid out of the back of your Fender amp.
Make sure the soldering pen is heated well before using and then take it and lightly touch the hot soldering pen to one of the wires that helps to connect the jacks to the amplifier to melt the solder. Next you will wrap the wire that is around the lead that corresponds with your new jack. Make sure to hold the solder over the connection and then apply the heat from the soldering pen to coat the connection good. Let the solder cool before you try to remove the jack or jacks.
Then you will remove the second wire from the old jack or jacks and then connect this to the other lead you will find and solder this one into place.
Once you have done this you will then thread the new jack through the hole in your amps faceplate. Take the hex nut and screw it on. Make sure it is screwed on tight by using your pliers. Once that is done you are ready to take your Fender amp and plug it in and connect it to your guitar cable to test it to see if the amp is working properly with the new jack.
Make sure that when you are working with your soldering pen that you keep it as far away from the circuit board in your Fender amp so you can avoid any kind of circuit board damage. If the jack or jacks connect directly to the circuit board you should very carefully tap the soldering pen to the contacts very quickly instead of holding it on your connection. The longer you hold the heat to the connection. The longer any heat is applied the bigger risk there is of damaging the circuit board.
If it’s possible you should try to work on a mat that is an antistatic discharge mat when repairing any kind of electric equipment like a guitar amp. Static discharge is something that can also damage an amps circuit board.