Is this typical wear and tear, or do I just suck at inserting the cable?

Ibanez SR500E after 6 months

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I’d say at least part of that is the cable’s fault

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Doesn’t touch when it’s plugged in (and doesn’t move), so I think it can only be on the way in and out

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Indeed… do you fiddle a lot with the jack trying to insert it? The curious part is that it’s mostly damaged on the outside ring, I’d expect to be damaged on the inner part also.

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I’ve got an SR805, and while I haven’t seen wear there yet, I expect to. Seems inevitable given the design. I try to be careful when plugging in. But still, it will get marked

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Some people pay good money for wear and tear. :wink:

If it bugs you, I bet if you get a similar paint color you could do some touchup work and it would look decent because it is such a thin area.

It is curious though for sure.

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Well I don’t always get it right on the first try, but didn’t think it was an issue until now…

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I have no idea why Ibanez does this, even on their expensive models. I think it is a design flaw. there should be some kind of cover so the wood edge is not exposed like that.

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I agree it’s a design flaw, but think of it as adding character. People really do pay money to add wear to brand new :guitar:

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I have an Ibanez SR500E urreal black dual fade as well about the same age, but the edge looks fine, no scratches no nothing! I think the scratching does not happen when plucking in; it’s rather the un-plucking. I have the impression that the connection is very tight and you have to pull on it like a horse!

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Yep, unplugging it is definitely not easy

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Any hardware store will have furniture touch-up pens or blocks, and they’re not expensive. The marker style may bleed a little and be more noticeable, but the block style is literally a chunk of hard wax that you’d rub on like a crayon, and then work with your finger to soften and remove excess, which will come off of the remaining finish nicely. It’s very forgiving to work with.

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If you like your wood products to look clean and unblemished, it’s very easy to do even with no woodworking experience.

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I have zero respect for sticking to original finish even if dinged, so I will happily touch-up paint things myself. Good call on the touch-up sticks.

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That is an excellent solution, @bast902 ! . . . :slight_smile:

Cheers
Joe

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