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Old 7th March 2009, 09:05 PM   #1
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Default Need dimensions for 1/4"phone plugs (WE303)

Hey,

Does anybody have or know where to find the dimensions for standard (if there is such a thing) 1/4" phone jacks/plugs? ...Like guitar cords and headphones etc...

I am taking about all the mechanical details for the business end of the plug.

Yes... I've googled. I believe, the original standard was WE303, which I'm guessing stands for Western Electric. They are also called TRS plugs/jacks in some circles.

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Couldn't find any technical drawings at Switchcraft or NeutriK?
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Old 9th March 2009, 04:45 AM   #3
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NOPE...

You would think a 102 year old standard might be easier to find...

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Old 9th March 2009, 06:20 PM   #4
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Here you go. Should tell you all you need.

http://www.switchcraft.com/products/..._schematic.pdf

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Old 9th March 2009, 06:40 PM   #5
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Hey thanks pan...

The only reason I ask is that I bought some patch cords... and they won't stay latched into the jack.

It turns they have the groove in the wrong place on the tip.

YES... I KNOW I should have just bought Switchcrafts or Neutriks and built my own! ...Getting lazy I guess.
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You're welcome!

Were they HOSA cables? Or just some no-name stuff?
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Old 9th March 2009, 06:55 PM   #7
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Actually they were high-end stuff from a music store. I just needed some cables and didn't have time.

They took them back without a fight... especially when I held them up against a FENDER cable. about 1mm difference. The salesman was telling me all about oxygen free copper... doesn't know ME from here!

Maybe the chinese can't find the WE303 standard either!

I'll buy a roll of BELDEN BRILLIANCE and a bag of SWITCHCRAFTS... mkae my own from now on...

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That's the spirit!

(I'm a Canare and Mogami fan myself, but it's no better than Belden).
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Well...

The salesman took back the "other" ones and replaced them with Mogami... no charge to me... but awefully expensive stuff.

They work though...
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Yes, Mogami is a little $$, but good stuff. Well made, good sheild, low microphonics for guitar stuff. Very fexible.

Canare or Belden stand up better in the field, in my experience, but for home use? no worries.

(Mogami can be easier to deal with if you build your own, that's why I like it)
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