Home Depot Wire to Wire Guitar?

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  1. supergenius365

    supergenius365 Silver Supporting Member

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    Just pulled the pickups from a semi-hollow body to find the wiring was a mess of bad splices and solder burned coatings.

    The local shop is closed tomorrow to get wire. Can I just go to the Home Depot across the street and get some wire from the electrical department to wire the guitar up tonight? If so, what kind/gauge etc.?

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  2. rooster

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    If you're in a pinch, you'll probably do better at Radio Shack, or maybe even Checker Auto.

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    Pretty near anything will do, just take in a sample and match the gauge to some copper wire.
     
  4. GuitslingerTim

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    I will be surprised if Home Depot carries wire small enough--Radio Shack is the ticket.
     
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    skylabfilmpop Silver Supporting Member

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    Try some Romex, I hear it sounds GREAT!!!
     
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    Romex sucks tone. You're better off with 1" conduit and 12 ga. solid copper.

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    I'm gonna have to use 1/2" to get through the f holes.
     
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    and want to cover shipping Ill send you some JAN goverement teflon coated stuff ....
     
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    Gracias Senor Java. I found a few lengths of wire from a previous project that should get me through. If I mess up too much, I might take you up on your offer!
     
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    I was going to suggest underground feeder cable so it will withstand moisture from sweat.
     
  11. Cadbar

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    Man Copper is copper.
     
  12. EADGBE

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    22 gauge stranded. Go to radio shack and get the good stuff.

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    Why is Radio Shack better? I am serious. I don't know the difference.

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    Actually I've noticed that the insulation on the Radio Shack wire melts a little more easily than the teflon coating on more expensive wire, and they don't have packages of just black and white. Having said that, I usually reach for their 22 ga. stranded wire unless it's a project where the old cloth insulated stuff is important for the overall vibe and mojo - in other words the RS wire is fine.
     

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