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Speaker cable from guitar head to cab

Discussion in 'Accessories & Connections' started by theaero, Mar 22, 2007.

  1. theaero

    theaero Guest

    It is okay to use a mogami patch cable to connect these? I have a 3 foot speaker cable, but would it be better to use mogami? It would only be a distance of 3 feet.
  2. dementedchord

    dementedchord Well-Known Member

    May 11, 2006
    NO !!! a patch cable is either a balanced or unbalanced line level type wire... small and shielded... you have to use actual speaker stuff...
  3. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Moderator

    Feb 23, 2005
    Correct, Demento.
    All you need is a piece of heavy-duty "zipcord" (electrical cord), preferably 14-gauge or heavier. Just a 2-conductor, unshielded will do.
    NEVER use the shield as 1 of the 2 conductors on a speaker line!
    If you make your own, be aware that there are 1/4" plugs that will and won't do. A Switchcraft 280 is good if the wire is not too thick, and they make a "Jumbo" plug that will handle thicker cable. BUT that jumbo plug may not fit into the area on the amp that you need to plug into. I mean that the amp may have its' speaker jacks too close together to plug 2 speaker cables with those plugs in at the same time (the plugs barrel is pretty fat), and some amps may have other jacks (insert loops, footswitches,etc) that may impede this as well. Good luck!

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