How to Fix a Loose (or missing) Nut
on a Fender Strat Guitar Cable Jack

If the nut is loose you can simply tighten it with a needle nose pliers. Nuts tend to loosen over time. If you can't seem to tighten the nut because the jack turns inside the metal plate, you will need to remove the plate. If the nut has fallen off and the jack has receded inside the guitar, you will have to remove the metal plate.

Tighten a Loose Guitar Cable Jack Nut

Using a screwdriver, loosen the two screws that hold the plate to the guitar.

Remove the screws that hold the jack plate to the guitar. Remove the screws that hold the jack plate to the guitar.

Lift the metal plate out of the guitar.

Life the metal plate out of the guitar.

Place the jack into the hole in the metal plate. Be careful not to pull too hard on the jack because you don't want to rip the cable loose from the jack. The wires are simply soldered onto the jack. If the wires are loose or broken they will need to be stripped and re-soldered. (I'll try to cover this subject at a later date.)

Place the jack into the hole in the metal plate.

Re-attach the nut on the jack and tighten it. (Remember, "righty-tightey, lefty-loosey" - counterclockwise to loosen, clockwise to tighten.) You should hold the jack steady so that the nut can be fully tightened.

Reattach the nut to the jack and tighten it. Tighten the nut to the jack and plate.

Reattach the plate to the guitar and tighten both screws till they're snug. Be careful not to tighten the screws too tightly because you can strip the wood.

Re-attached the plate to the guitar. Tighten the screws that hold the plate to the guitar. Tighten the screws that hold the plate to the guitar.

Check the nut one last time to make sure that it is snug. Check the nut often and tighten it because it will tend to come loose over time.

Check the nut one last time to make sure it is snug.

Jeff Anvinson, owner/operator of JLA Music

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