What kind of wire to hook up my EV?

Discussion in 'Amps/Cabs Tech Corner: Amplifier, Cab & Speakers' started by tommyg, Aug 15, 2005.


  1. tommyg

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    Hey folks!

    I have an EV12L that I want to bring back into commission. I bought 14-gauge wire to hook it back but the wire is too thick to get into the holes via the "push pins" (heck - it's even a challenge to solder the wire into the 1/4 inch right-angle jack!). Can I use 16-guage or should I just try to force the wires in and trim the excess copper threads?

    The speaker is 300 watts and I was told that I should stick with the 14-gauge.

    BTW - I'm plugging this into a Mesa/Boogie MkIII 60-watt combo.

    Thanks in advance for all help!
     
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  3. John Phillips

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    At 60W you don't need to worry about it. Just use the cable that fits neatly into the terminals - loose strands can cause trouble so you should avoid doing that.
     
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    You could use 18ga. for such a short run; that's probably what's connecting the output transformer to the jack anyway.
     
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    Hey John and Euthymia -

    Thanks for your input! BTW - I had some 14-gauge "solid" copper wire lying around my garage that I used; it's now back into service and the cleans are phenominal!

    One question I have is: Will I do any damage to the amp (the output transformer?) by using a 14 gauge cable? It's not sending/receiving to much power "draw" to the speaker or vice/versa?

    Thanks again for your help!
     

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