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Instrument or Speaker Cable?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Nuttboy311, Feb 15, 2005.

  1. Nuttboy311


    May 30, 2002
    Is this Monster cable an Instrument or Speaker cable. I can't tell.

    Monster Cable
  2. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
  3. Nuttboy311


    May 30, 2002
  4. Nuttboy311


    May 30, 2002

    Ok, good. Thanks a lot. How did you find that? I think I am getting dumber.
  5. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    #2, trs is always instrument. #1 part of it called it patch cable - always instrument. generally a cable will be clearly advertised as speaker cable if it is.
  6. Gus Autine

    Gus Autine

    Aug 25, 2000
    New York, NY
    Monster, and other manufacturers, sell both. It depends what any given cable is labelled.
  7. Nuttboy311


    May 30, 2002
    Thanks for the info. My guitarist uses those cables and his Mesa Triple Rectifier crapped out on him awhile ago and I was wondering if that was the reason why, but I guess not.
  8. DubDubs


    Aug 23, 2004
    Los Angeles
    If he was using those cables as speaker cables then that might have been the reason it crapped out. You should never use instrument cables as speaker cables, they aren't designed to take that kind of power.
  9. I never new there was a difference, just thought I could plug in one of those short GC giutar cables and be O.K?......How do I know the diff and what are the advantages??...Man there is so much I don't know.. guess I thought 1/4 inch was 1/4 inch....Hmmm
  10. asmith


    Nov 19, 2004
    There are a few things to consider with cables -

    1. Quality of plug (and material), which is semi-important
    2. Gauge of cable, which for instrument is semi-important but for speaker cable is really a pretty important issue if you've got a lot of power
    3. Whether the plug is stereo or mono (most are mono; if there are two rings it may very well be stereo)

    For instrument cable the connection needs to be secure to the instrument and the receiving device (first pedal, amp, whatever) and should be decently thick and definitely shielded, especially if you're around lots of equipment.

    Speaker cables should match for matching applications - i.e. if you've got an amp powering two cabs, the gauges should be the same to be totally safe. It will work the other way, but you're running a risk. I personally run 12 gauge cable with speakons to my two cabs, and use D'Addario's "Planet Waves" cables when I'm not wireless - their plugs are really good and the cables are super solid.

    My $.03