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Using speaker cables as instrument cables?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Bassline_Delux, Apr 11, 2006.

  1. Would there be any problem wit husign a speaker cable to connect two effects? I know using instrument cable for connecting Amps->Cabs is a big nono, but what about using speaker cables as instrument cables?
  2. Generally a bad idea because you don't have the shielding of a coaxial instrument cable. It will work, but I wouldn't recommend it. The downsides are noise pickup and possible strain on the effect jacks from the bigger plugs and stiffer cable.
  3. Ya, right, I figured the noise thing. But, in case of a jam, would it be a reasonable temporary solution?
  4. johnvice


    Sep 7, 2004
    As mentioned, the speaker cables would hum something fierce. The best solution is having extra co-ax and speaker cables. You'll never regret having extras :)

    What is it with modern cables? 20 years ago, I was always going through cables. Now the premium co-ax cables (ie. Monster, Planet Waves) seem indestructable!
  5. Funkzfly


    Jun 15, 2005
    As long as you don't mind the noise (because you will get the noise), but I definately wouldn't make any kind of habit out of it.

    I made the most ridiculous of mistakes by using a speaker cable a few years ago when I did a short tour of Rome and Naples as a backup cable. I was unable to locate another Cable at the gig, and the noise out of my rig was really annoying.
  6. Nyarlathotep

    Nyarlathotep Inactive

    Feb 5, 2006
    West Coast of Canada
    A big +1 on that!
  7. Bigger plugs?
  8. Whats wrong with using an instrument cable for your speaker?
  9. In extreme cases it can cause a fire. I've seen it happen. The conductor in an instrument cable is quite thin, and the shield is not intended to carry any signals - let alone high voltage ones.

    Plus, speaker cables are generally cheaper and sturdier.
  10. EADG mx

    EADG mx

    Jul 4, 2005

    Instrument cable is 1 conductor, speaker cable is 4. Basically you're trying to send more signal than 1 conductor can handle.
  11. LoveThatBass


    Jun 28, 2004
    Instrument cable is two conductor (center conductor and shield). Speaker cable can be two or four conductor typically heavier gauge and unshielded.

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