Poll: Do you like/mind the cable out the front of the guitar?
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Yeeaaah, what's that about?!
11 46%
It kinda makes me happy. :P
13 54%
Voters: 24.
#1
Is there a reason for the output jack to come out of the front of Stratocasters? It looks good but don't you think the front of the body should be left alone in terms of cables and stuff?

Edit: "it looks good" meaning the chrome jack plate or whatever it is. The cable I have has a silver end so it kinda goes with it but still. Wouldn't mind it not being there.
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Last edited by Rich EpiWildkat at Apr 12, 2011,
#2
I think they put it there originally to protect it as much as possible from knocks.
You have to remember that even though the Strat looks as good as it does, it was designed in a pure function over form manner. Everything on a strat is that way for a reason.
#3
Quote by TrueBlues
I think they put it there originally to protect it as much as possible from knocks.
You have to remember that even though the Strat looks as good as it does, it was designed in a pure function over form manner. Everything on a strat is that way for a reason.


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#4
That's actually my favorite way for it to be
I don't like when it sticks straight out from the front of the body though
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#5
It's annoying with sticking out the side sometimes, cause if you're sitting on a sofa (rarely there would be this scenario) and it's plugged in, the cable starts digging into the sofa and gets really uncomfortable and annoying.
#6
the only issue i have with the strat jack plate is it makes angled jacks more annoying, and because i mainly use SGs i use angled jacks in order to reduce the likelihood of ripping a chunk of wood out of the front of the guitar.

other than that it's a great design IMO. you can see what you're doing when you're plugging it in, which makes it a lot easier.
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#7
only problem I have with my strat is the whammy bar cant get past my cable because it pokes out the front, but if i got a 90 degree cable end it would be a complete non issue for me.

plus I really dig that its easy to find the hole unlike my bc rich...
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#8
Personally, I hate the cable being on top of the guitar. I prefer side jacks. But then again, I hate anything other than the pickups and pickup selector on the front of a guitar (stupid volume pots >
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#9
I've had guitars with all of those and none of them really bother me. I think it's easier to leave my strat plugged in than my les paul, just because the cord doesn't impact how it sits on a stand or anything. But it's really not a big deal either way.

The ones I don't understand are the ones that plug directly into the front of a guitar (like an SG). I guess with a 90-degree cord it's not a big deal, but I still think it looks weird.
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#10
Quote by FireFromTheVoid
That's actually my favorite way for it to be
I don't like when it sticks straight out from the front of the body though

angeled cable. I play a semi hollow. So, I use them. When I take my guitar to practice, they only have straight ones. its not a big issue though.
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#11
Quote by jakesc8
angeled cable. I play a semi hollow. So, I use them. When I take my guitar to practice, they only have straight ones. its not a big issue though.

take your own cable to practice?
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#12
angled cables look cooler imo
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#13
It makes a lot of sense to me. It's right where you can see it and the recess of the jack means you're not going to scratch the top if you miss plugging in. It's clearly a reaction to the telecaster jack's lack of user-friendliness. It's also a cheaper construction, since the route is shorter and simpler, and the mounting screws are perpendicular to a flat surface, unlike on the telecaster.
I like it aesthetically, too.
#14
Quote by grimms
It's annoying with sticking out the side sometimes, cause if you're sitting on a sofa (rarely there would be this scenario) and it's plugged in, the cable starts digging into the sofa and gets really uncomfortable and annoying.


This so much. I hate the jacks that stick straight out of the side of the guitar. I've broken so many jacks because I sit down forgetting that my cable's plugged in.
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