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Switchcraft 280 1/4" Straight Phone Plug 

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The proven industry standard phone plug for audio applications.

Heavy-duty machined copper alloy handle, tip, and body for unsurpassed ruggedness. Bright nickel plating on exterior surfaces will not chip or corrode. Solder terminals are tin electroplated for ease of soldering. One-piece tip rod staked into tip terminal to ensure electrical continuity. Heavy-duty cable clamp provides secure strain relief.

FEATURES
  • Machined copper alloy handle, tip, and body
  • Bright nickel plating on exterior surfaces
  • Tin electroplated soldering terminals
  • One-piece tip rod staked into tip terminal
  • Heavy-duty cable clamp

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Switchcraft280 1/4" Straight Phone Plug
 
4.6

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (18)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • Functional (11)
  • Improves sound (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (11)
  • Practicing (11)
  • Back-up (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Stupid packaging

I have no problems with the jacks themselves, however the packaging seems a bit overkill. I order these in bulk (20 at a time) and while the price is admittedly the best I...Read complete review

I have no problems with the jacks themselves, however the packaging seems a bit overkill. I order these in bulk (20 at a time) and while the price is admittedly the best I could find, I think these could sell cheaper if they weren't individually shrink-wrapped to a piece of cardboard. This wouldn't be so bad except that the shrink-wrap really sticks to the ends. If you don't get the plastic off, it won't connect. So I'm sitting here right now individually peeling 20 plugs from their shrink-wrap cocoons.

Would just like to suggest that maybe you could provide a bulk option where these were not individually wrapped. Product is great, nice and sturdy.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Horrible Packaging

These are my favorite plugs for making custom guitar cables, but there is hot glue all over them from the packaging and its really messy & tough to get clean. Not cool! I'm...Read complete review

These are my favorite plugs for making custom guitar cables, but there is hot glue all over them from the packaging and its really messy & tough to get clean. Not cool! I'm going to try rubbing alcohol, but I shouldn't have to. They should be packed better.

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5.0

Good, standard plug.

By A.C.C. Soundman

from Petaluma CA.

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Comments about Switchcraft 280 1/4" Straight Phone Plug:

Good enough to keep a few extra around,
(good for light speaker cable, or instrument cable).
Simple basic plug.
Good plating, well "staked" center.
Good value,fair price.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

smaller wire gage only, not for 12 gage

By Bill

from Cortez, CO

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Comments about Switchcraft 280 1/4" Straight Phone Plug:

Purchased with the 12 gage wire sold on this sight and found it impossible to use for this wire size.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Plug - Easy to Use

By DrummerBoy61

from Kansas

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Comments about Switchcraft 280 1/4" Straight Phone Plug:

Plug is very easy to use - we made two new speaker cables in less than an hour - including soldering the connections. Past reviews were very good - no reason for me to state otherwise.

 
5.0

Switchcraft no need to say more.

By Rocker NY

from New York

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Switchcraft 280 1/4" Straight Phone Plug:

    The name says it all. You cant go wrong with this product.

     
    5.0

    Standard of the industry

    By VJ

    from Black Hills of SD

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Switchcraft 280 1/4" Straight Phone Plug:

        The best product . The best price.

         
        5.0

        works well

        By chuck's other brother

        from michigan

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Switchcraft 280 1/4" Straight Phone Plug:

          does what it should very well.

           
          5.0

          The best 1/4" straight cable connectors I can find.

          By BustinJieber

          from Standish, MI

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Switchcraft 280 1/4" Straight Phone Plug:

          I make all my own cables after finding that for me, the Monsters are not totally reliable, despite TLC when using them. "Switchcraft" are good quality basic no frills connectors with good contact points and plenty of room for all soldering levels. I also use 20 AWG core instrument cable, which to my ears, is superior in sound than 22, 24, or 26 AWG. (The copper is also oxygen free and has a good heavy stranding shield), and if you are going to the trouble of making your own, I recommend the heavier quality cable.

           
          5.0

          As long as they keep making them, I'll keep buying them

          By Scarecrow

          from Massachusetts

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Switchcraft 280 1/4" Straight Phone Plug:

            Same old Switchcraft plugs. I've never had one fail. Can't think of any reason to try another brand or style.

             
            5.0

            I'll buy more of theses

            By Evil

            from Kingsport Tn

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Switchcraft 280 1/4" Straight Phone Plug:

              Needed it to fix broken connector on my Wireless unit. this did the trick nicely

               
              1.0

              Rapco Horizon plugs Assembled in MEXICO!

              By Relics Rocker

              from Woodstock GA

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              Comments about Switchcraft 280 1/4" Straight Phone Plug:

              I purchased these think I would get SwitchCraft product... it came as Rapco Horizon product. The other reviews on this page are correct, SwitchCraft makes a good product here in the USA. These Rapco plugs clearly state on the back of package "Assembled in Mexico". Bait and switch.. let the buyer beware.

               
              5.0

              Good jacks, good price.

              By OlRokr

              from Mobile, AL

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              Comments about Switchcraft 280 1/4" Straight Phone Plug:

              These seem sturdy and should last a long time. I'm happy with them.

               
              5.0

              Packaging says Rapco but it's a Switchcraft plug.

              By Dan

              from Niles, MI

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              Pros

              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Switchcraft 280 1/4" Straight Phone Plug:

                  I bought 8 of these to make up my own patch cables since the length I needed wasn't available. The only complaint I have is packaging. The shrink wrap is very obstinate about coming off the jack.

                   
                  5.0

                  good deal

                  By mojoscot

                  from New england

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                  Pros

                  • Good Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Switchcraft 280 1/4" Straight Phone Plug:

                      cheaper than new cords

                       
                      5.0

                      Top Notch !

                      By CLIMBER

                      from MIDWEST

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Functional
                      • Good Quality
                      • Improves Sound

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Switchcraft 280 1/4" Straight Phone Plug:

                          The bottom line is that Switchcraft is the best. Been using then for 35 years. I make my own speaker cables. Regular size or the jumbo for heavier wire. Don't waste your money on other brands. These will do the job and last !

                           
                          5.0

                          Easy install, perfect sound.

                          By Brian

                          from Waterford, Pa.

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good Quality
                          • Improves Sound

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Concerts
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Switchcraft 280 1/4" Straight Phone Plug:

                            This plug was used to replace a 90 degree bass guitar amp cord plug. The change was fast and easy. The quality was great. The sound was now clean and pure with no crackling and popping that the 90 degree plug created. This straight phone plug is of high quality material that is perfect for plug replacement or new cord assembly.

                             
                            5.0

                            Always reliable!

                            By Mike B.

                            from Myrtle Beach SC

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Functional
                            • Good Quality
                            • Improves Sound
                            • Tough

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Backup
                              • Concerts
                              • Everyday Use
                              • Practicing

                              Comments about Switchcraft 280 1/4" Straight Phone Plug:

                              Switchcraft jacks are easy to install and they don't break down very often.They'll last forever if you treat them with respect. I have cables with Switchcraft jacks that are over thirty years old and are still getting the job done.

                               
                              5.0

                              Pro phone plug

                              By Rock Cop

                              from Springfield TN.

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                              Pros

                              • Good Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Concerts

                                Comments about Switchcraft 280 1/4" Straight Phone Plug:

                                It is so nice to be able to buy a good 1/4 Switchcraft phone plug at a real good price!

                                 
                                4.0

                                Switchcraft 1/4" Plugs

                                By left bassist

                                from Brooklyn NY

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                                Pros

                                • Good Quality

                                Cons

                                • Difficult Packaging

                                Best Uses

                                • Concerts
                                • Practicing

                                Comments about Switchcraft 280 1/4" Straight Phone Plug:

                                I used these plugs to replace the ends on a 20 Ft cable i own. It breathed new life into a cable that was previously intermittent. Good buy, yet i wish they were sold in bulk without the bulletproof packaging.

                                 
                                5.0

                                price is right

                                By bleeper4

                                from Blacksburg, VA

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                                Pros

                                • Good Quality

                                Cons

                                • Difficult To Use

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Switchcraft 280 1/4" Straight Phone Plug:

                                  The price is right for this great plug. Works as advertised. Like others said, the hot glue used to attach the plug to its packaging is a pain to get off; I had to use pliers to pull it off.

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Good

                                  By Garrison

                                  from St. Louis

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                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Functional
                                  • Strong

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Switchcraft 280 1/4" Straight Phone Plug:

                                      Used these to assemble my own speaker cables and they work great.

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