#1
Hi,
I've just started learning and I have a brand new Ibanez rgr321ex guitar and was wondering if it is best to unplug the cable from the guitar after use.
I don't have a lot of money to spend on repairs etc. so I want this guitar to last so I'm just wondering if constant unplugging and plugging in the cable is better than having it permanently connected.

It may be a strange question but I want to make sure everything stays in good working order as long as possible.

Thanks.
#2
Unless you have active pickups in it there is no real reason to unplug it after playing.
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#3
Well, the act of simply leaving the cable plugged in won't really hurt the guitar, but I would recommend that you unplug it after playing. I can't tell you how many times I put my guitar on it's stand all nice and easy with the cord still going to my amp, and then I trip over the cord or one of my dogs trips over it and my guitar goes headstock first into a dresser or a wall or something
#4
Quote by Tracii Lee
Well, the act of simply leaving the cable plugged in won't really hurt the guitar, but I would recommend that you unplug it after playing. I can't tell you how many times I put my guitar on it's stand all nice and easy with the cord still going to my amp, and then I trip over the cord or one of my dogs trips over it and my guitar goes headstock first into a dresser or a wall or something

This. Cables left plugged into a guitar or an amp are just tripping accidents that are waiting to happen.
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#5
I seldom unplug one until I want to plug in another. The cable mess is bad. The only saving grace is that there isnt much room to stack guitars near the amps, so I sometimes unplug a guitar so I can hang it up. Yeah, tripping happens. And cables get damaged.
#6
I do in-case no one trips over the wire because my room is tight
But for you it depends where your guitar is.
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Cables left plugged into a guitar or an amp are just tripping accidents that are waiting to happen.


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#8
well another thing to think about is if your cable is at an angle at all, leaving it that way will cause the bend to be permenant which will eventually damage your chord, also make sure that whatever you do don't put weight on it while your storing it or otherwise, putting pressure on your 1/4 jack is never a good idea
#9
You're not going to ware it out by plugging and unplugging the jack in and out, I've never had a problem with any of my guitars and one of them is almost 50 years old, must have been plugged in and out a billion times. If it's going to break, you won't prevent it happening that way.
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You're not going to ware it out by plugging and unplugging the jack in and out, I've never had a problem with any of my guitars and one of them is almost 50 years old, must have been plugged in and out a billion times. If it's going to break, you won't prevent it happening that way.

this.

i know someone with a guitar that's almost 60 years old and still has the original output jack and no problems at all. they can be pretty durable unless you manage to damage them somehow, but that can only really be done by tripping over cables that have been left plugged in and stuff...
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#11
I have a habit of putting my guitar in the case when I'm not playing it. If you want to keep your guitar, case it to protect it from accidents.
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I have a habit of putting my guitar in the case when I'm not playing it. If you want to keep your guitar, case it to protect it from accidents.

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#14
Mine is always cased, the one in the hard case is kept in our living room (where my step daughter uses it to put my wireless controllers so she doesn't sit on them) and a soft case is put under a bed. Its just so much safer that way. Plus we don't have room for a stand.
#15
Quote by Tracii Lee
Well, the act of simply leaving the cable plugged in won't really hurt the guitar, but I would recommend that you unplug it after playing. I can't tell you how many times I put my guitar on it's stand all nice and easy with the cord still going to my amp, and then I trip over the cord or one of my dogs trips over it and my guitar goes headstock first into a dresser or a wall or something


+1, that's the thing. i always unplug mine so someone doesn't trip over it and kill themselves and/or the guitar.
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#16
To be honest, even if you did break your output socket then it'll cost next to nothing to get it repaired.
#17
i'd be more concerned about knocking the thing over
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#18
a few years ago a friend of mine was practicing with his blues band and they stopped and put his guitar (still plugged up) on his stand then walked to everyone else and started talking about how much he loved his brand new Tele he had just bought and then BOOM!! ....someone tripped on the cable and the guitar went face first into the Concrete of his car port... wish you could have seen his face .... i'll always unplug my stuff now
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