Is constantly plugging and unplugging jacks into pedals bad for them

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  1. Imran5000

    Imran5000 Member

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    As someone who is recording as opposed to gigging, I’m always changing up my pedals. Is the constant removal of jacks and plugging back in a bad thing. Should I get a switching system
     
  2. Thumpalumpacus

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    It can be -- it depends on the quality build of the pedal. The metal used in the 1/4" jacks matters -- so do the solders.
     
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  3. Tootone

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    it depends on how ham-fisted you are.
     
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  4. Blix

    Blix Supporting Member

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    Meh it's fine, don't overthink it. :)
     
  5. guitarslinger21

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    If anything, it’s better than never using them. Constant use keeps away oxidation.
     
  6. StummerJoe

    StummerJoe Gold Supporting Member

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    :agree
     
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    It's a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation, because if you leave it plugged in ALL the time the springiness of the metal begins to weaken & it's not as springy as it once was, had it happen with my old Fender Rumble amp that I left plugged in 24/7.

    OTOH plugging/unplugging cleans the contacts a little each time.
     
  8. Riffa

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    Good question. I don’t give it much thought, but maybe it’s somewhat relevant.
     
  9. beastly

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    Define constantly. I’m kidding, I don’t care.
     
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  10. Johnny Moondog

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    Probably no different than plugging your guitar in/out
    all the time.
     
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  11. Chandyland

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    In my professional opinion, I'm gonna go ahead and say no.
     
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  12. ldizzle

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    Nah - but i/o jacks and switches are replaceable parts
     
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    Like a hot dog down a hallway...
     
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    It's a jack. How many times you doplug/unplug your guitars and amps?

    Just because the jack is in a pedal doesn't make it any different. A jack is a jack.

    Now if you have cheap/crap pedals, then maybe you will have a problem. But it's because they're cheap/crap, not because they're pedals.
     
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  15. MoonshineMan

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    I'll say "most of the above".

    It's like driving on tires. Yeah, it's not good for them, but it's hard to use your car if you don't.
    Jacks should last a LOOOOOONNNNNNNNG time, and the only real trouble I've had with one was a board-mounted jack that had a solder joint crack.
    A little contact cleaner and occasional re-tensioning (depending on the construction) and chassis-mounted jacks should last the life of the pedal/amp/guitar.
     
  16. Imran5000

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    That's relief cheers all - it's weird how you suddenly start worrying about random s**t out of nowhere
     
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  17. Chandyland

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    I like your analogy but I would say it's even less of an issue than tires.

    It's more like the drive axle: under normal use conditions it should basically never be an issue.
     
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    It's fine if you never actually power them up. That's what's really bad for them.
     
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  19. MoonshineMan

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    I was kinda thinking the same thing as I wrote it. I guess my point was that it’s a serviceable part, probably somewhere between the timing chain and rings/bearings.
    Totally agree that they mostly should last the life of the gear.
     
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