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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

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    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

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

    testing1two Gold Supporting Member

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    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

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    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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