#1
Hopefully I can get pointed in the right direction here. My current set up is a mix of pedals and rack gear routed thru a Voodoo Lab GCX out to a pair of lunchbox heads with matching cabs.

I want to do custom length cables all around and have some questions.
1. Do I need shielded cable thru out or are the cables between the heads and cabs I shielded?
2. What is a good quality bulk cable?
3. Where is the best place to purchase the supplies I will need?
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G.A.S. Afflicted
#2
1. Yes
2. I like Mogami W2524
3. I bought my stuff from Performance Audio
http://www.performanceaudio.com/item/Mogami-W2524/5598/
Their prices have risen since I bought from them, so you may want to hunt around a bit.
#3
Thanks, that helps. What brand plugs ? I was thinking Neutrik.
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G.A.S. Afflicted
#4
Neutrik is good.
I used some cheap ass ones.
Forget the brand though.
But they work well enough for me.
And don't be fooled by gold tipped connectors. Its basically a scam.
Some people will say gold provides a better connection.
And it does.
And it doesn't corrode.

But what are those gold tips connecting to?
I have yet to see an amp or pedal use gold jacks.
Plus gold is softer and wears out faster.

Edit:
Although the casing on most (several? Some?) gold plated plugs is probably better.

Here is a starting point:
http://www.performanceaudio.com/browse/1-4-in-Cable-End-Plugs/Neutrik/4,130,145,182,195/1/0/popular/

I like these though:
http://www.performanceaudio.com/item/Neutrik-NP2C/2750/
http://www.performanceaudio.com/item/Neutrik-NP2RX/12203/

Hunt around, and you can probably find them for less.
Last edited by CodeMonk at Jul 21, 2013,
#5
#1 is a NO.

You don't want to use guitar cable between the head and the speaker cabinets. Guitar cables are for low power, high impedance. Speaker cables are for high power, low impedance.

You want two wires of the same thickness for speaker connections. The bigger the better. All other connections are shielded guitar cable.
Last edited by D_M_I at Jul 21, 2013,
#6
Quote by D_M_I
#1 is a NO.

You don't want to use guitar cable between the head and the speaker cabinets. Guitar cables are for low power, high impedance. Speaker cables are for high power, low impedance.

You want two wires of the same thickness for speaker connections. The bigger the better. All other connections are shielded guitar cable.


Guess I missed that part of the OP (Head to cab cable).
I agree and I don't at the same time.
You CAN use shielded cable, but make sure it is SPEAKER cable and NOT instrument cable. The inner conductor should be AT LEAST 16 gauge to be safe. Lower watt amps (30, 40 watt) 18 gauge is cool.
I've been using this : http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2036271 with my AC30 for years.
But for head to cab, in a pinch, you can use a cord from pretty much any device that would plug into the wall (old fan, extension cord, etc.)

In other words, DO NOT use the same cable between the head and cab that you use for everything else in your rig.
Last edited by CodeMonk at Jul 21, 2013,
#7
I just wanted to make sure it was clarified. I use the same basic stuff, just 16/2. Mainly because that's what the local place carries.

As far as the shielding. Yes you can use it, but It's totally unnecessary. You won't get noticeable interference with it going to a cab, which is the reason you want it for guitar cable.