Anyone have problems with George L's unplated brass plugs?

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Tubthumper, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. Tubthumper

    Tubthumper Member

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    I've heard a rumour that George L's unplated brass plugs can corrode or tarnish, potentially leading to connection problems. Anyone had first-hand experience of this??
     
  2. Todd Lynch

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    As do many metals, brass oxidizes and tarnishes. It is very easy to keep this from being an issue by periodically cleaning the contact points with an anti-oxidant - like CAIG DeOxit (or some such, I'm sure there are many other wonderful products) available @ Radio Snack (sic) and many other places as well.

    If you like the George L's unplated brass and want to use them, I certainly wouldn't let a little unavoidable oxidation keep me from it.
     
  3. FLYING V 83

    FLYING V 83 Pedal Trading Guru Silver Supporting Member

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    Been using them for a few years now without a problem.
    Every month or so, I unplug everything and twist a little 0000 steel wool around the plugs to shine 'em up and they're good to go.

    I did have problems with the plated plugs years back, that's why I switched to brass. The plating started flaking off the plugs into my pedals after only 6 months, plus the plated ones are much harder to screw the cap all the way down by hand (had to use pliers). I think the plating "tightens" the gap on the screw threads making it tougher.
     
  4. thezeng

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    yeah mine turn green around the edges.. heh. they always crap out on me! george L's hate being moved
     
  5. analogmike

    analogmike Gold Supporting Member

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    I have has the same GLs unplated brass plugs on our testing rig for several years and use it dozens of times a day and no problems. I may have cleaned the plugs once but not often. Redoing the connection every few years might need to be done but the plugs' surface seem fine.
     

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