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Building a 1963 Lake Placid Telecaster - Installing the Input Jack
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This should have been a fairly straightforward task. Instead I did a little learning along the way. The biggest thing I learned is what I had forgot from electronics shop back in high school - to tin the tips of the wires before soldering them to connections.

I attached a black and white wire to the input jack only to later realize that the wiring kit I bought from Guitar Electronics contained a braided-shielded wire that was for the input jack. Although not totally necessary I replaced the two wires with the shielded one - if I was going to build it I might as well do it right.

The pictures at the end illustrate the problems I had with the finish peeling off the input jack opening while I was sanding out the hole to fit the input jack cover. Again the finish build up inside the opening prevented the input jack cover from fitting properly so I had to "widen" the opening using sandpaper. It appeared that removing the finish from inside the opening "broke" the connection to the finish around the top of the opening and it flaked off. I was very disappointed for body costing over $400.00.

[Edited 10/24/06] The cracks and chips on the finish around the input jack cover really bothered me. I had seen some Telecasters with the Les Paul style square input jack cover and realized it would hide the paint chipping issues and also provide a stronger structure to hold the input jack in place. It was a fairly easy installation. The only tricky part was making sure to not over bend or break the cover plate when I was forming it to the contour of the Telecaster.


Building a 1963 Lake Placid Telecaster - Home
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The input jack with part of a test wire I soldered.

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The shielded wire solderd to the input jack.

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The wire tips tinned.

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The switch assembly wired.

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Negative (black) connection to the bottom of the tone pot and the hot (white) connection to the center connection on the volume pot.

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The input jack connections complete

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Inserting the input jack into the body.

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Inserting the input jack into the body - part 2.

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Some patience and a small pair of needle nose pliers came in handy.

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The input jack outside of the body.

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Notice the flange with the "bent" sides.

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Setting the input jack in the body cavity

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The input jack in the input jack recess in the body

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A close-up of the damaged edges around the input jack opening on the body.

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The cover and cover nut on the input jack.

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The cover and cover nut on the input jack - side view.

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Another view of the input jack cover.

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The new input jack cover plate - similar to the Les Paul square cover plate. [Added 10/24/06]

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The new input jack cover plate - package view. [Added 10/24/06]

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The underside of the jack placed on rubber matting. [Added 10/24/06]

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Bending the cover plate jack. [Added 10/24/06]

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The old ugly chipped input jack hole. [Added 10/24/06]

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Test fitting the cover plate after some gentle bends. [Added 10/24/06]

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Placing the cover plate over the threaded part of the input jack. [Added 10/24/06]

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Checking the fit over the input jack and against the guitar body. [Added 10/24/06]

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Attaching the input jack to the cover plate. [Added 10/24/06]

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The cover plate attached to the input jack. [Added 10/24/06]

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Test fit against the body - it covers all of the chips. [Added 10/24/06]

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Top view of the plate attached to the input jack. [Added 10/24/06]

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Setting the depth of the drill bit against the mounting screw. [Added 10/24/06]

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Drilling the first mounting screw hole. Notice the tape... [Added 10/24/06]

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Another view of drilling the screw hole. [Added 10/24/06]

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Coating the screw with soap - it makes it much easier to install. [Added 10/24/06]

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The first screw set and the second screw hole drilled. [Added 10/24/06]

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Another view… [Added 10/24/06]

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Another view… [Added 10/24/06]

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All four screws installed. [Added 10/24/06]

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Top view of the mounted cover plate. No gaps between it and the body… [Added 10/24/06]

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Another front view of the mounted cover plate. [Added 10/24/06]

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Left side view of the mounted cover plate. Looks good... [Added 10/24/06]

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The other side view of the mounted cover plate - no gaps. [Added 10/24/06]

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