Speaker cables?

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  1. ItsChrispyTv

    ItsChrispyTv New Member

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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
     
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    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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    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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    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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    That's exactly what I do I never have a problem.
     
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    What happens if you were to use guitar cable instead of speaker cable?
     
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    Explosions, flames, death, and shitty tone.
     
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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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    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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    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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    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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