Instrument vs speaker cable. Difference?

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  1. cmr415

    cmr415 Member

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    Im getting an ext. cab for my amp and need a cable. The cable I need would be exclusivly for the ext cab. Whats the difference between a speaker cable and an instrument cable? Can an instrument cable be used with good results, or is this something that only a dedicated, designed speaker cable can deliver? :JAM
     
  2. geetarman

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    Instrument cable is shielded and a speaker cable is unshielded. No DO NOT use an instrument cable for speakers. :nono
     
  3. frizbplaya

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    Instrument cable will hurt your amp and ruin the cable :(
     
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    what he said.

    speaker cable is a much thicker gauge, designed to handle higher voltages. instrument cables are much thinner, and under high stress *could* crap out, leading to disastrous results, especially with tube amps.
     
  5. cmr415

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    Thanks guys. I thought I had heard there was a potential for disasterous results, but I couldn't remember. Oh well, looks like I have an excuse to buy another Lavacable.com goodie
     
  6. Joe_Zimmerman

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    Instrument cables are indeed a smaller gauge wire. They cannot carry the current that a 'speaker' cable can carry. I do know people that use instrument cables for speaker cables but I wouldn't. If it happens to burn out (like a fuse) while playing it may hurt the amplifier.
     

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