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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Dang, my Taylor GC6e is broken!

Hammond101
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Aug 23rd, 2017 12:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The output jack which also switches the power for the preamp seems to be hosed up but good. It could be the preamp not 100% sure. I can't get the parts from Taylor as it's service dealers only. I have a few back ups however I was going to play this guitar at my nieces wedding on Sept. 3rd, a fly away for me leaving on the 30th. No time to spend a day at Taylor in El Cajon to get it fixed. Yuk....

This thing is so perfect for finger style. I'm going to miss it.

Pinetree
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Aug 23rd, 2017 01:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Can't you duct tape it?




Hammond101
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Aug 23rd, 2017 02:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Don't I wish. It really is too bad the parts are unique to the Taylor brand or I'd fix it myself. The battery holder and strap button/endpin jack are a complete assembly.

I've seen this as an issue on the T forum/Facebook page. I'm just unlucky I guess.

In fairness Taylor offered to fix it same day if I took it to them but I have no time to get down there with day job responsibilities.

Hammond101
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Aug 23rd, 2017 10:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well Mr. Tree, I fixed it. I pulled the battery holder out of the rear block as if changing the battery and noticed two small screws that hold the battery box and endpin jack assy in the guitar. I removed the screws and out slides the entire assy. It's basically a Cliff style switching jack on a circuit board with a endpin jack style output. Decorative plastic complete the body of the assembly. There is just enough cable to slide it out a rotate it for "service".

The contact set closest to the jack opening is the battery switch. I first cleaned all the internals with alcohol and got some black crud out of the jack. I took a micro pair of needle nose and bent the stationary contact of the battery switch down a bit to make better contact when the plug is inserted. I then ran an alcohol soaked paper through the switch contacts then finished with a clean dry paper. Rock and Roll baby! Works like a champ. I played it for about a half hour plugged in and no issues, good as new.

Some days you're the fly and some days your the windshield. My blood pressure is normal again.



Pinetree
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Aug 23rd, 2017 11:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's really good news, although I was hopin' Mr. Goo would show up and mention that he had a dozen of those things in his parts bin...




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Aug 24th, 2017 04:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I actually DO have one of those in my Taylor parts bin (the bin is shaped like an 814CE, oddly enough).

GOOD outcome, Hammond101!

Hammond101
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Aug 24th, 2017 01:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have two other Taylor parts bins, both with ES1. Ha! Funny you mention it that way.

My work around if the jack couldn't be repaired was to steal the assembly from my 312ce for the gig. I thought of this after my OP. I was not willing to pull it from my 814ce!

Disaster avoided, life is good again!

I don't know why I was hesitant to open this thing up and have a look. I work on other peoples expensive guitars all the time. I guess I felt there would be no user serviceable parts inside and it needed a complete assembly from Taylor.

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Butterscotch Blues
Aug 27th, 2017 10:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Glad that worked out well!

Geese, and me with my one Breedlove.

FunkyKikuchiyo

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Aug 27th, 2017 05:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Weird... where do you determine that you couldn't get parts? I've had pretty good luck getting Taylor parts. Of course, we have warranty authorization, but a good chunk of the stuff is available as retail parts as well. They may have stopped it, but they're still out there. They sold for around $20, so you could always find one at your leisure as a back up.

Hammond101
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Aug 29th, 2017 12:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Funky, It's a timing thing and Taylor was great. They offered to replace the jack assy same day if I brought it to them. I just have no time to get down there to get it done before a fly away on the 30th.

I'll be seeing the Taylor guys on the 20th of October. I have an old friend who is also a Taylor owner flying in for a long weekend and I plan to take him to El Cajon for a tour. I'm going to try to get a replacement while I down there. I may just take the guitar with me. If I can talk them into selling me the item, I'll by two.

With the factory so close there is a real lack of full service gold level dealers in SoCal.

Hammond101
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Sep 6th, 2017 01:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, after all the brewhaha I ended up playing the gig completely acoustic, voice and guitar. I was a small chapel with nice acoustics. All that fiddling around for not. But....the guitar is fixed.

Pinetree
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Sep 6th, 2017 01:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yay!



Hammond101
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Sep 6th, 2017 03:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hey PT, I was turning off my phone before the ceremony and saw Walter Becker had passed. This didn't make it any easier.

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