Sales: pickups and amplification - Vintage Jack endpins and cables

Most acoustic guitar pickups are fitted using endpin jack sockets, which take a standard 1/2" jack. Thank goodness the days of guitars with holes drilled in the sides of a guitar for an ordinary jack socket are (mostly) gone! The high quality Switchcraft units used by K & K, L.R. Baggs and the like are extremely reliable. The only drawback is that they do need a 1/2" diameter hole through the end block. This isn't a problem with Taylor and Larrivee guitars, which are manufactured with a strap button which uses a 1/2" diameter hole. Martin-style guitars, however, use a tapered endpin, which has to be removed and the hole reamed out.

For anyone who doesn't want to modify their guitar, the Vintage Jack is the only choice. A Vintage Jack is available to fit most guitars, mandolins, and similar instruments equipped with taper fit end pins. (Note that the mandolin uses a traditional taper which is different to the Martin-style taper on the guitar versions.)

Please feel free to contact me if you'd like more information.

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Vintage Jack cables

Vintage Jack

A Vintage Jack is the only way to fit an endpin jack if you don't want to modify the original tapered endpin hole. Vintage Jacks are precision machined in Trinidad, Colorado, and are very high quality.

Guitar versions match the standard taper of Martin and similar endpins. Mandolin versions use the traditional taper associated with Gibson F and A models.

Vintage Jacks are available in a wide range of materials. Standard models are available in brass and stainless steel. They are also available in a number of exotic materials to match the guitar or mandolin -

  • Brass
  • Stainless Steel
  • Amboyna Burl
  • Bubinga
  • Cocobolo
  • Desert Ironwood
  • Micarta - Black
  • Micarta - Ivory
  • Snakewood
  • Water Buffalo Horn
  • Fossilized Ivory

Most are available to special order - see below for the versions I stock.

Vintage Jacks are supplied with a 3.5mm heavy duty Switchcraft jack. High-quality mono and stereo cables (3.5mm mini to standard jack) are also available to order.

The Vintage Jack Cable Adaptor is a handy accessory for those who want to continue the use of their favourite instrument cable or perhaps want to keep and adaptor cable in their guitar case for an emergency situation if their custom cable should get lost or left at home or simply as a backup.

For more information, email here.

Stainless steel Guitar
Brass Guitar
Ebony Guitar
Ebony Mandolin
Snakewood Guitar
Vintage Jack Cable Adaptor

Vintage Jack in fossil ivory Vintage Jack in water buffalo horn

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Brass Vintage Jack

Ivory Vintage Jack

Vintage Jacks in brass, fossil ivory and ebony

Fossil ivory Vintage Jack

Vintage Jack in brass and ebony alongside a standard Martin endpin

Vintage Jack in brass and high quality right angle 3.5mm jack plug