#1
Hey. Unfortunately, the dreaded happened. My first challenge as a guitar owner/caregiver has showed its hideous face.

Before I get too into the post, I'd like to point out that as a guitar owner, I want to try fixing my own guitar, instead of having to pay a pretty penny for someone to do it for me. After all, we've finished our first performance together, and I've kinda grown attached to it. I want to treat it like its family and take care of it however I can.

Now, onto the question.

The problem I'm facing looks like an incredibly simple fix. Here's some photo's of the problem: (courtesy of my mothers HTC Android)

PickupHanging by MacGyver1394, on Flickr

Bottom by MacGyver1394, on Flickr

The part of the pickup where you plug in a cable for an amp or for recording is hanging out of the bottom of the guitar. It still works fine. There's no problem with the pickups ability to record. I can still stick it back in the hole, but it doesn't stay. Is there something I can do to get it to stay in? Thanks a bunch.

PS: If it really is more complicated than it appears, please elaborate because I've only had my own real guitar for a little over a week, and so I'm still technically new.
Last edited by ianhulett at Nov 23, 2014,
#2
My only suggestion would be to get some araldite (really strong stuff) and glue it back in. Sets hard as rock and you shouldn't ever have that issue again.
#3
Araldite would certainly fix it, but it would make any future repairs difficult and potentially costly.

It looks like it was a simple friction fit. -The socket barrel doesn't seem to be threaded to take a nut or to screw into the wood. You could wedge it in using a bit of paper as a shim ( a common fix for loose friction-fit endpins), but that has an element of risk if you use a strap. If it were mine, and I didn't DIY, I would just take it to the local repair shop and get a half-decent endpin socket fitted.
#4
For a quick fix that's reversible, wrap a layer or more of adhesive PVC tape around the barrel of the jack until you get a good tight fit.

Or, as Tony Done says, fit another jack socket - the ones with a flange secured with 3 small screws would do the job. And it's an easy DIY job - just a couple of wires to solder,