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Jack The Gripper

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Ingenious! Holds the jack steady so you can tighten/loosen the nut without disassembling your instrument or amp.

A loose nut on a 1/4" jack is trouble. It's no fun to watch the jack disappear into your guitar or amp as the nut falls off, or to break a solder connection when you tighten the nut and the jack turns with it.

Designed by veteran repairman Frank Ford, Jack The Gripper is a smart tool that can save you a lot of time and work. Insert it into the jack, and the knurled cam locks in either direction, to hold the jack firmly while you tighten or loosen the nut.

Recessed jack? No problem—the tool also includes a clever adapter for use with your 3/8" square drive socket.

Instructions included.


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5.0

Exactly what I needed.

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This tool is simple to use and does its intended job perfectly. Well done.

5.0

Thanks Jack!

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The perfect name for this tool. No more static to interrupt my sound. Nice and tight and no more hassle.

5.0

brilliant tool!

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If there's such thing as a perfect tool - this is it! Does exactly what it's supposed to do and is impossibly quick and easy to use. Makes a frustrating job quick and satisfying - love it!

5.0

Excellent solution

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I first saw this years ago on the machining pages of Frank Ford's website where he illustrates every step of the process he used to invent and make these. I thought it was clever and also fascinating to see Frank's photo-essay of their construction.

After recently deciding to replace the wiring in an Ibanez hollowbody (no access to the rear of the jack for tightening) I checked out StewMac for solutions and was delighted to see that they're offering Frank's gadget.

Jack the Gripper did not disappoint. It's easy to use, well thought-out and makes tightening 1/4" jacks literally fun to do. Excellent tool and at a great price.

5.0

TIME SAVER....!!!

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I'm sorry I didn't get this ages ago. HUGE time and hassle saver. I thought it was a bit pricey but it gives great value. The tool that just keeps giving. If you make a living as a guitar tech or luthier this is an ABSOLUTE must.

5.0

Brilliant solution!

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It seems a little pricey for something so simple that might not use often (at the moment). Though, it's a brilliant tool compared to the solutions I've come up with in the past. It's well worth the cost to save fighting the frustration caused by an angst-ridden jack that won't stay put, wants to twist up or break your wiring.

It took me a couple of tries to get comfortable with how it works--insert, turn. After that I was unstoppable! I tightened every jack in the workshop, then the house, rehearsal studio... I even put an ad up on CL: "Jacks tightened free with every modestly priced snow cone!"

On a side note I'm actually torn on naming products after serial killers, but I probably do plenty of other insensitive things. I'm also bad about naming things anyway. Just ask my cat, Mr. Spriggs. She loves that name...

5.0

Thank you Frank Ford.

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What a wonderfully fertile mind to come up with this critter. Thank you, Frank.

5.0

A Great Time Saver

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I read many of the reviews before I purchased this tool. Like one of the reviews, sure enough I was playing around and inadvertantly loosened the jack on one of my guitars! Tightened it back up with no problems. It worked flawlessly on an end pin jack on an acoustic I was fixing. It also was the only way I could tighten up a cheap jack that was just spinning with all my other wrenches. The only draw back - it's not a cheap. However I cannot deny, it works great!

5.0

Love the name

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There is a bit of play in the cam before it engages. This is not an issue . Just turn opposite the way you tighten, and it works great.

2.0

CompliquT a prendre en main

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J'ai eu quelques souci avec le mien. Une fois, il est restT coincT dans l'entrTe d'un ampli ; l'autre fois, il ne voulait pas s'enclencher et quand il s'est enfin verrouillT ; impossible de l'enlever de la prise jack de la guitare ... Du coup, ce n'est pas un outils trFs fiable selon moi. Et quand on voit le prix, c'est dTcevant

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