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Cable rumbling out of 4X10 input

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by The Funkapotamus, May 9, 2018.


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  1. I'm currently running a GK Goldline 500 through an eden 4X10. When I turn the volume up to 7, it's rattling my cable completely out of the input on back of the cab. What is the explanation and how do I fix it before Friday?
     
  2. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    I'd first off, get a couple of new speaker cables. Second, I am assuming the speaker connect is not a speaker/neutrik type, but rather a 1/4" phone jack type. Is that true? N.B., the "jack" is the hole, the plug is the thing that goes in the hole and is part of the speaker cable.

    You can take the input faceplate out with a screwdriver, and take a look. You could even post a pic to this thread. I suspect you can manually gently bend the "hook" part of the jack to better click into the narrow part of the plug.

    Replacing a worn or bent jack is not expensive or hard.
     
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  3. mmbongo

    mmbongo Dilly Dilly! Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Carolinas
    Sadly it looks like your amp does not have Speakon connectors. Does your cab have them? If so, purchase or make a 1/4" to Speakon cable. Just make sure you get genuine Neutrik connectors and not some generic thing.
     
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  4. This is a pic of the back

    20180510_003253.
     
  5. The culprit was a very loose jack plate.

    Thanks to all who responded.
     
  6. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa, Product Support-Genz Benz
    Looks like a broken 1/4" jack too.
     
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  7. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    That black jack doesn't look good.

    I would get a ¼" to speakon speaker cable rather than rely on the cabinet jack.
     
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  8. voided3

    voided3 Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2008
    Agreed. If you're handy, you could even convert one end of your existing 1/4" speaker cable to Speakon. A Neutrik NL2FX connector costs roughly $3.00 and doesn't require any soldering to install.
     
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  9. If you must use a 1/4” Phone cable plug it into the Parallel Out jack. It’s wired just the same as the input jack. Personally I left this kind of cable behind years ago and converted all my speaker cables to SpeakOn. This applies not just to my bass amplifiers but also to my PA, Mains and three monitors.
     
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  10. mmbongo

    mmbongo Dilly Dilly! Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Carolinas
    Definitely get you some Speakon cables and quit using those 1/4" connectors before you fry your amp and cabinet.
     
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  11. Roland GR 88

    Roland GR 88

    Sep 16, 2013
    Whitby
    tape.
     
  12. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa, Product Support-Genz Benz
    Yeah, that will work great...
     
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  13. Joedog

    Joedog

    Jan 28, 2010
    Pensacola FL
    Sounds/looks like that cab has "slept around" a bit too much! :hyper:
     
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  14. Paulabass

    Paulabass Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2017
    Time to buy a speakon cable. All you problems will be answered.
     
  15. Kriegs

    Kriegs Peace Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2018
    MA/ RI area
    +1 for Speakon to avoid this in the future.
     
  16. StatesideRambler

    StatesideRambler

    Jul 1, 2015
    An excellent temporary solution requiring neither tools nor expertise.
     
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  17. Maynjo

    Maynjo Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2014
    Jacksonville, NC
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  18. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa, Product Support-Genz Benz
    I generally recommend 14 gauge, easier to assemble and fits the compression terminals better and assembles easier. The difference on a 6' cable is ZERO.
     
  19. micguy

    micguy

    May 17, 2011
    I have 1 amp with 1/4 inch connectors, and 1 amp with speakon connectors. My speakers all have Speakon combo connectors - a lot of flexibilty with cables in that scenario. The other thing that Speakons bring to the party on speaker cabinets is they're sealed - if a second jack isn't used, it doesn't whistle or make farting noises like an open 1/4 inch jack can when things get loud.
     
  20. DrewinHouston

    DrewinHouston Not currently practicing Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2009
    Houston Heights, Texas
    Disclosure: I am not a great bass player
    +1 1/4" to Speakon cable, unless your GK has Speakon outputs, then Speakon to Speakon. You'll never go back.
     
    Last edited: May 10, 2018

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