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spare wire - help!

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by JC JC, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. I need 6 more inches of wire to finish my very first pickup wiring project.

    Can I use any type of copper based wire?
    Like, I've got a huge box of old RCA cables, broken wallwart adapters, thin cables from old computer and A/V devices, etc.

    Can I use some of that stuff?
    Or is there a special type of wire that I need for wiring guitar pickups?

    Thanks guys,
    JC JC
  2. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Copper wire is copper wire
  3. khutch

    khutch Praise Harp

    Aug 20, 2011
    suburban Chicago
    Only low oxygen, micro stranded, cloth covered wire from Leo Fender's personal stock will work and believe me it is getting rare!
  4. mrbell321


    Mar 26, 2012
    N. Colorado
    As Hopkins said "copper wire is copper wire" and I'd only add "in this case". We're not dealing w/ micro-circuitry or high currents, and for short runs. Try to match gauge closely(don't use 42 or 000 gauge) and it will be fine.
  5. GlennW


    Sep 6, 2006
    Use multi-stranded wire.

    Avoid solid wire if possible.

    Many "real Fenders" have aluminum wire.

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