Speaker Cable as Patch Cable?

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Member Since: Oct 12, 2004

Hey, what is the difference between using speaker cable as patch cable for connecting a guitar to an amp, because I just tried and it sounds pretty much normal. is there any major problem doing this?

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Since: Aug 13, 2005

Dec 05, 2005 10:17 pm

Hi Alex, there are some rules worth sticking to,this is one of them.Using the wrong cables may work but to avoid cable noise and your guitar acting as an ariel,damage to your amp,feedback on treble settings use good quality speaker leads for speakers only.The patch and instrument leads have an outer screen,do it right its worth the effort.Cheers.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Dec 06, 2005 12:04 am

Yep, pluggin a guitar into an amp with a speaker cable is not gonna do the amp any good at all. Might not sound bad now, but wait till yer amp decides it doesnt like it. Wont sound pretty then.

Since: Nov 28, 2005

Dec 06, 2005 09:13 am


I have experienced quite a loud hum when I have done this in the past.

"Oh crap, what's wrong with my amp?"

Since: Aug 17, 2004

Dec 06, 2005 04:17 pm

Yeah, I'm guessing that TS cables are higher impedance than speaker cables. I think the negative on TS cables is also the sheild. Speaker cables have no need for noise prevention as they are always carrying high voltage loads.

I remember back when I was younger playing a gig with this mad buzz in my guitar tone. I ended up buying a brand new pedal, but it was because I was using a speaker cable as a guitar cable.

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