Output Jack Repair on a Gibson Thunderbird

When you play a Gibson Thunderbird on stage the way it’s supposed to be played, you’re probably going to break it at some point – and that’s okay! That means you’re doing it right and rocking out. This particular bass had the instrument cable stepped on during a gig (always loop your cable around your strap button, kids!) and the force of the 1/4″ connector ripped a hole right through the mahogany of the surface-mounted output jack on the body. Unfortunately, the little wood splinters were nowhere to be found when the bass came in and they wouldn’t have offered much structural support against future abuse anyway. So we decided on a simple solution that would keep the repair in his budget while providing enough stability to give it hell on stage: an ebony plug! Here’s how it all went down…

And voila! Ready to rock again.

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