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Unread 10-02-2010, 06:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Speaker cables?

Basically im getting a jcm 2000 half stack. And gonna get a heil talk box as well. But in the manual it said use proper speaker cables rather than guitar cables? How do i know the difference? Are they the same as PA speaker cables? or what? thanks
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Unread 10-02-2010, 07:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Basically im getting a jcm 2000 half stack. And gonna get a heil talk box as well. But in the manual it said use proper speaker cables rather than guitar cables? How do i know the difference? Are they the same as PA speaker cables? or what? thanks
You need to use NON sheilded wire for speaker cords. I make mine from 12 ga. extention cords and solder on the ends. If you use orange cord, then you never have a problem telling speaker cords from signal cords.
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Unread 10-02-2010, 09:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I use MONSTER SP1000's. They're VERY easy to tell apart. they're thicker, have a black outer braiding and say SP1000 on the jacks.
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also if you try using a speaker cable for your guitar it'll sound super thin and brittle and if you still have a problem identifying it you may want to put a strip of colored electrical tape around one or both ends BEFORE the jack/s
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Re: Speaker cables?

i use something like this: Live Wire Advantage 1/4
i don't think you'll have trouble telling the difference, since the plugs are like three times bigger than a normal cable
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you may want to put a strip of colored electrical tape around one or both ends BEFORE the jack/s
That's exactly what I do I never have a problem.
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Re: Speaker cables?

What happens if you were to use guitar cable instead of speaker cable?
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LOL Matt

cables ALMOST ALWAYS say what they are on them. take a look at the cable it self. instrument cable will say something like, 14 (or 16, or 18 depending on the wire guage) AWG Instrument , and then bunch of other random stuff, Speaker cable will say 16, or 14, or 12 AWG Speaker
AWG stands for American Wire guage for those that don't know, and the values I listed above may not be the values on the cable, they're just common values that I threw out there.
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Re: Speaker cables?

I have a cable that came with my speaker cab (I bought it new) that I'm pretty sure is a speaker cable, but it's totally unmarked.

(It shows no resistance or continuity between connectors, and has never given me trouble as the lead to my load box, so I'm pretty sure it's speaker cable.)
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Re: Speaker cables?

i've got one of them too. I don't have a multi meter though, so I can't test mine. judging from how thin it is? I'd call it an instrument cable. (all my speaker cables are pretty thick...)
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Re: Speaker cables?

Best explanation I've seen so far on the difference between cables.
Fender News:Why Instrument Cables and Speaker Cables Aren’t Interchangeable
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Re: Speaker cables?

This is why I buy and use CBIs 12gg speaker cables. I know when I pull them out of the back of my rack that theyre too thick to be my instrument/line cables.

Livewire is good about labeling their cables up and down the cable with 'instrument' or 'speaker'.
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Best explanation I've seen so far on the difference between cables.
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Thanks for that, now I know.

I'll have to check my speaker cable - the guy I bought the cabinet from threw it in for free but I have no idea if it's the right type or not.
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