Mysterious Nut Job

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christo wangro
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Mysterious Nut Job

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I play a Martin acoustic bass. One of the few fretless they made around 1990.

I think the phono jack is a little unusual. It’s plastic, and If you look carefully at the photo below you can see that the piece steps down. The issue is I am missing its’ nut - which I can’t seem to find anywhere…

...Can anyone help???

Pls note that the piece may well be metric...

Be my saviors, I’ll be most grateful!
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Joshua Levin-Epstein
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That looks like it might be a bit larger than the nut for an Asian 1/4" jack, but I would go to your local guitar repair guy and ask if he has something that fits. Next choice would be your local amp repair guy. Next choice would be a decent hardware store. If they have something that fits, it will probably be too thick. But you'll have the size. Then Google is your friend.

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Thanks for your thoughts. I've been to local hardware shoppes (good ones in fact) and no dice. Not even on the thread size. Same with music stores; nada. Asian ¼ jack sounds interesting, though the box is British. Google, a dead end hence my presence here.

Tricky one, eh what?

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Bob Gramann
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Have you asked Martin? If they don’t have it or can’t direct you, why not just replace the jack with a standard one?

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Thanks.

Yup asked Martin, they said they haven't used this type of jack in decades and suggested I get on to MIM Forum!

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I'd go for replacing, as well. but I don''t know what's on the inside of the box. The jack may also send signal to the XLR jack (like on some epiphones) as well as switching the battery.

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I think replacing is the likely next step. Alas, I tried. Replacement not that big a deal really, was just trying to avoid as it seemed so silly...
Thanks all for chiming in -
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