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Cable broke off in the input jack

The tip of one of my cables broke off in the guitar input. amp works just fine but cables don't plug in all the way

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  • rjivaro May 11, 2010

    That's because the tip of one of your cables broke off inside the jack. Remove it or have it removed.

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I'm pretty sure t6hat the output jack is a sealed unit(contacts inside soldered to the surface of the circuit board. You may be able to grasp the center shaft of the plug with a thin jawed hemostat or really skinny long nosed pliers and pull it out that way. Make sure the amp is off and unplugged from the wall. If that doesn't work you will either have to get it removed at a shop or disassemble the amp to remove the circuit board and unsolder the jack and replace it or get the broken plug out of the jack once it is unsoldered. I've never had a Line6 apart yet but thats probably the type of jack they used. Thats because it has to be electronically isolated from the chassis. Hope this helps.

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