Photo 4. Photo by John LeVan.

Removing the jack clip. This is where it gets a bit more complicated. If you have a TJIT, remove the small ring from the end and slip the bolt into the cavity (Photo 4) and through the clip. Orient the small ring so its narrow end faces the clip, and then spin it back onto the bolt. Using the 5/16" hex key included with the tool, tighten the bolt until the clip is compressed into the TJIT. When the clip is fully compressed, pull the TJIT out of the cavity, removing the clip. Done!

If you don’t have a TJIT, from the outside poke a 1/2" nut driver (a large flathead screwdriver also works) into the jack cavity and hold it against the clip. Gently tap the nut driver with a hammer until the clip bends just enough that you can remove it through the electronics cavity.


Photo 5. Photo by John LeVan.

Installing the Electrosocket jack. Now it’s time to place the Electrosocket over the jack cavity and drill the holes for the two mounting screws into the body (Photo 5). Use a 3/32" drill bit for these holes, which should be about 3/8" deep. Pay close attention to the angle of the Electrosocket’s mounting holes. To ensure the Electrosocket sits flush against the cavity opening, you need to duplicate this angle when you drill. Another consideration: If you drill the holes too shallow, this prevents the Electrosocket from sitting flush.

Tip: Measure the target depth on your drill bit and then mark the “stop” point on the bit with a red Sharpie.


Photo 6. Photo by John LeVan.

After the mounting holes are drilled, remove the Electrosocket and pull the jack out through the cavity. The Electrosocket has a threaded collar that matches Switchcraft-style output jacks (Photo 6), so simply screw them together, being careful not to twist or stress the jack’s wires.

If you look closely at this photo, you’ll see a lock washer sitting between the output jack and the Electrosocket. If you plan to use a guitar cable with a right-angle plug (something you can’t do with a standard Tele jack cup), simply remove the lock washer before screwing the two parts together. This prevents a right-angle plug from slipping out.


Photo 7. Photo by John LeVan.

Now place the assembly back into the cavity, aligning the Electrosocket’s screw holes with the ones you just drilled. Install the mounting screws using a medium Philips screwdriver, making sure the Electrosocket fits snug against the body (Photo 7). Now reattach the control plate, and shazam—you’re done!