View Full Version : Guitar cable vs speaker cable
09-06-2009, 05:36 PM
What's the difference if you use a guitar cable to connect a head and a cab vs a speaker cable?
09-06-2009, 05:42 PM
An instrument cable ("guitar cable") is used to connect your instrument to the input of an amplifier. A speaker cable is used to connect the speaker output on your amplifier to the input of your speaker cabinet.
They are very different, and should never be interchanged.
09-06-2009, 06:37 PM
Doesn't the instrument cable have two wires one for the single and one ground, while the other has one positive wire and one negative?
I could be wrong on that.
09-06-2009, 07:11 PM
One is shielded and the speaker cable is not. Don't ever use a guitar cable to connect your amp to a speaker/cab. Guitar cable used to carry small signal/current. Speaker needs to handle high power/current.
09-06-2009, 07:58 PM
The wire inside a shielded instrument cable is a lot thinner than your average 16 gauge speaker cable. Its not capable of effectively handling the current of an amp. Bob
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