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Digital Subscriptions > Guitar Magazine > Jan 18 > All about…Cables

All about…Cables

Guitar cables, speaker cables and interconnects are often overlooked in our quest for great tone so what’s on the wire? HUW PRICE lays out how to pick the right leads for you…


If you think the guitar world is full of voodoo, snake oil and pseudoscience, you should check out the preoccupation with cables in the even wackier world of hi-fiaudio, where the likes of skin effect, oxygen-free copper and dielectric biasing flow freely. We guitarists are also pretty dependent on cables in our rigs, and some of the marketing blurb can get pretty ‘out there’, too. Of course, cables do make a difference to our tone – but for reasons that can actually be measured and explained without the need to resort to too much leftfield science.

Crossed wires

As guitarists, we are primarily concerned with speaker and instrument cables. They are different and should not be used interchangeably. Take a look inside an open back combo and you will probably see two wires of identical diameter connected to the speaker terminals.

Speaker cables for connecting heads to cabs generally look like regular guitar cables – but they’re not

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