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what is a good wire gauge to wire a bass with?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by rdhbass, May 9, 2004.

  1. rdhbass


    Jun 28, 2003
    Springfield, mo
    I went into radio shack to see if I could find some wire to wire up my bass and the salespeople weren't that helpful All the wire that I saw was too thick, too stiff, or just not right. I need to find the flexible stuff that is used to wire it up. What gauge is common???? Can anybody help. It would be handy if radioshack sold it and I'm sure they do, I just have no clue, thanks.
  2. JOME77

    JOME77 Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    Typically 22-25 ga. stranded wire is best.
  3. I've used 20 gauge without a hitch.
  4. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    Yep, you definitely want the stranded (not solid) hookup wire. I usually use 22 gauge, but 20 will work okay for pots and such. Use 22 if you have to solder the ends into a PC board.
  5. ejsagun


    Jan 20, 2003
    i use telephone cable

    its the one with 4 solid conductors in it

    its okay to use solid wire if the parts dont move a lot,

    ill wire my bass with stranded 22 guage and see if ill find any difference

  6. luknfur


    Jan 14, 2004
    Yep, have been using telephone wire for temporary installations for a while now with no problems. Like it cause it's cheap, easy to work with, and stays where you put it. I can't tell any difference in performance from stranded heavier gaurge wire.