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    Squawking Sound from Jack

    Picked up a second Stingray5 last year, and have noticed an intermittent issue with the cable jack. Any pressure on the cable side-to-side (as, for example, when I bump the cable with my hip or leg while moving around) causes a squelching/squawking sound. Seems like cable tip has just enough play or room to move that it's somehow causing some kind of short. Tried various cables, unplugging, replugging, and it's clearly an issue with the jack.

    Obviously, I don't really know what I'm talking about, which is why I'm posting here. Anyone run into something like this before? Thoughts on how to resolve it? My current plan is to take it into a local luthier to get it looked at and possibly replace the jack. Kind of frustrating though, since it's a $2200 instrument that has spent pretty much it's entire existence packed away in its case. Thanks in advance for any advice.

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    If you haven't already, contact musicman_customerservice@ernieball.com. They are real good.

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    Not a fan of internet fault diagnosis but the squelching sound you are describing sounds to me like the pre amp rebooting up after the connection has been lost. I can’t see it being much, dry joint, wire coming loose on jack plug, at worse a new jack plug. Either way it’s no major problem.
    Providing that is the issue, that’s blind guess at it.
    Hope you get it sorted

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    The jacks have two contacts that get pushed together when a cable is inserted, which sends power to the preamp. That can get dirt stuck in it, and also they can sometimes get bent. Might be a good idea to pull the control cover and clean the jack.
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    "Squawking Sound from Jack"

    I am Jack, and I am not responsible for any squawking.

    Thank you,


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    Quote Originally Posted by bovinehost View Post
    "Squawking Sound from Jack"

    I am Jack, and I am not responsible for any squawking.

    Thank you,

    That was my first thought when I saw the title on this thread!!
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    If my memory serves, if our Jack runs out of K1, he can squawk with the best of them! :-)

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