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ONE OF LIFE'S QUESTIONS??? Unbalanced Cable

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by nhlcreation, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. nhlcreation

    nhlcreation Member

    Dec 17, 2007
    Why is it that mics and other audio gear can use balanced cable and have almost no noise, but guitars are still using unbalanced??? I realize that the inputs to the amp and pedals are unbalanced, but why is it this way? I don't understand why at some point somebody in the amp industry didn't switch over and start going balanced with everything. Any Insight?
  2. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 16, 2006
    rigging up a balanced passive electric guitar output would entail transformers and other tone-altering things. no thanks.
  3. testing1two

    testing1two Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 26, 2008
    Southern California
    It would be the equivalent of installing a direct box inside every guitar. It would also mean changing the input stage of every guitar amp since the impedance would change substantially.
  4. mike80

    mike80 Member

    Mar 8, 2008
    Near Lima, Ohio
    Some guitars such as acoustic/electrics have balanced outputs. One of my acoustics is this way, but they also have a preamp in them.

    I'll stick with what has worked for decades. What noise I do get doesn't bother me, so I can live with it.

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