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Guitar Cable/Power Cable

Discussion in 'Accessories / Connections' started by Murdock, Mar 7, 2005.

  1. Murdock

    Murdock Guest


    What's the major difference between a guitar cable and a power cable(that runs the power signal from the amp to the speakers)?
    The impedance? What should be to both?

    Keep on,
  2. perfectwave

    perfectwave Guest

    the main difference between the two is that the electric signal that comes out of a guitar is a verry weak signal before it is amplifyed. after amplification the electric signal is much much more stronger requiring better cabling that can handle higher "CURRENT". Basically you need to match the guage of wire to the ammount of current you are going to pass through it, and from what i know most guitar cables just dont have enough in em.
  3. Tungstengruvsten

    Tungstengruvsten Active Member

    Yeah typical guitar wire gauge could be 20-26, speaker wire is typically 12-16 gauge.

    BUT-the biggest difference, guitar wire is shielded, with a conductor and ground around it, speaker wire is typically twisted pair.
  4. perfectwave

    perfectwave Guest

    yup that is true guitar cables are shielded, i dont know why, i use the best guitar cable and still pick up that damn tiajuana radio station in spanish lol.
  5. perfectwave

    perfectwave Guest

    mabyee it's just becuase theyre not legally limited to the ammount of power they can transmit over there in mexico, with theyre 500,000watt radio stations hahah lol
  6. Tungstengruvsten

    Tungstengruvsten Active Member

    It's not the guitar cable - it's the pickups in the guitar. Especially susceptible to RF is single coils like teles and strats.
  7. Dave62

    Dave62 Guest

    They also can't be intermixed. Using guitar cables as speaker cables causes the cable to act like a high shelf rolloff and kills the highs going to the speaker.

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