Guitar compatibility with RCA

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by jakebrown5, Feb 25, 2005.

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  1. jakebrown5

    jakebrown5 Guest

    I am wondering if it will work to hook an electric guitar into a stereo/receiver's RCA input jacks. I have an adapter that changes a 1/4" jack to the two red and white RCA plugs, but will it even work?

    The reason I am wondering is from what I know, a stereo's LINE IN uses an input source that is line level, or powered. A guitar is not internally powered, so the stereo isn't receiving any signal from it. Therefore, I can't see how my stereo receiver will amplify the guitar.

    But you guys are the experts.......
  2. tripnek

    tripnek Active Member

    Jun 9, 2003
    Wow, and this is posted in "Pro Audio Gear".
  3. drumist69

    drumist69 Active Member

    Feb 26, 2005
    North Carolina, USA
    give the guy a break !

    Some folks are kind of snobby in here it seems. Yeah, I know it says "Pro Audio Gear" at the top of the page, but throw him a bone, fer chrissakes! would probably need a pre-amp to acomplish what you want to do. Check into it!
  4. moonz

    moonz Guest

    I tried that very thing back in the early 80's and blew out one of the stereo channels in my old Pioneer receiver.

    If you don't mind risking your receiver at least you might want to split the mono guitar signal at the cable end with a "Y" cord, and go into both left and right sides of the receiver's STEREO input, instead of just one side. That way the stereo preamp is not forced to try and deal with the hot guitar signal in an unbalanced manner.

    But be warned...runnig an electric guitar through a stereo receiver is not wise.
  5. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    Git one of those things that you plug yer guitar into and then tune it to the same frequency as your radio receiver so as it plays over the radio. You can even use that with yer car stereo!
    Now that's Pro Audio. :cool:
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