Hey guys!

I'm fixin' to graduate from buying pre-wired harnesses to the big people's table and do my own soldering of parts--jack-to-volume-pot, pup-to-volume-pot, etc.--and I don't know what kinds of wire to get.  I see two colors often:  black and red.  But I don't know what breed of cat they are, or gauge, etc.

I just talked to my guitar guy, who has wired up parts for me in the past.  He said he uses "shielded wire".  I asked where he gets it.  He said, "Good question."  He said maybe an old guitar cable.  Well, I've got some of that, and even some old speaker wire.  He said he takes off the insulation, and inside there's an insulated wire--positive--and a bare wire--negative.  That's what he uses.

What do y'all think?

Views: 151

Replies to This Discussion

Long wires tend to pick up noise. The best wire is shielded, but isn't always necessary. I have had great success using twisted pair wire salvaged from Ethernet (computer) cables.

I buy wire from the big box store . labeled,  Cerrowire 22-2 sound and security cable shielded . I cut it into 9 inch lengths and pull out the red and black wires, I use the red for hot the black for ground. you can buy it buy the foot or the 500 foot roll.

Shielded cable is readily available, they just tell you things like that because they don’t want you doing your own work. In fact it’s become very economical these days. 

https://www.ebay.com/p/Gavitt-Guitar-Wire-22awg-W-Vintage-2-strand-...

Guitar cables can be used but it’s not so good in tight cavities, but I’m sure if you’re using it in a cigar box you won’t have that problem.

RSS

The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation? How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building BasicsCigar Box Guitar Parts Store

Site Sponsor

Recommended Links & Resources

Discussion Forum

Earthing Strings

Started by mitch jones. Last reply by mitch jones on Saturday. 7 Replies

CBGitty Amp kit

Started by Art Prior. Last reply by Tim Pannabecker on Saturday. 2 Replies

Like a box of chocolates

Started by Michael shrader. Last reply by Michael shrader May 11. 3 Replies

Intonation problem

Started by Ramson. Last reply by Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner May 3. 14 Replies

Pure and simple CBG

Started by Bill McNamara. Last reply by Craig Cole Apr 30. 6 Replies

Springs in an acoustic cbg

Started by Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner. Last reply by Paul Craig Apr 30. 6 Replies

Scale length for 17" box

Started by Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner. Last reply by Dennis "Denbo" Goodinson Apr 30. 29 Replies

Pickup to string distance

Started by Lou Ellis. Last reply by Lou Ellis Apr 9. 8 Replies

What strings should be used for 4 string cbc tuned to GDGD?

Started by Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner. Last reply by Paul Craig Apr 8. 3 Replies

Bonehead rookie mistake

Started by Michael shrader. Last reply by Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner Apr 7. 24 Replies

Neck, sound hole, strings and Bridge question.

Started by Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner. Last reply by Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner Apr 4. 9 Replies

Power tools - what buy next?

Started by Charles Z. Last reply by John Sawyer Apr 4. 6 Replies

Fretboard radius, is it to late?

Started by Ramson. Last reply by Ramson Mar 26. 7 Replies

Help

Started by Pat Welch. Last reply by Tim Pannabecker Feb 26. 7 Replies

Hard- tail bridge question

Started by Arthur Payne. Last reply by Tim Pannabecker Feb 26. 7 Replies

Space between Box top and Neck?

Started by Arthur Payne. Last reply by Tim Pannabecker Feb 25. 11 Replies

Tuning ptoblem

Started by Arthur Payne. Last reply by Arthur Payne Feb 14. 14 Replies

Wooden bridges for CBG

Started by Lou Ellis. Last reply by Lou Ellis Feb 13. 5 Replies

Blog Posts

Cheesecake Banjolele

Posted by James Matthews on May 21, 2019 at 7:14pm 3 Comments

Latest build

Posted by Sean Murphy on May 8, 2019 at 9:03pm 4 Comments

Netherlands Tour

Posted by Dar Stellabotta on May 8, 2019 at 5:33pm 0 Comments

Latest Activity

Eero Tapani Lehtinen liked Jim Morris's video
8 minutes ago
Anthony adams commented on Uncle John's video
37 minutes ago
Anthony adams commented on Dave Lynas's video
Thumbnail

Slight of Hand

"I didn't think it possible, but your twin is uglier than you. But I love the video! Thanks"
38 minutes ago
Anthony adams commented on Dave Lynas's video
Thumbnail

Cloudy Blues 1

"Thanks Dave"
42 minutes ago
Jerry Jordan commented on Fred Lanzarotti's photo
Thumbnail

46BDAB95-E769-453A-B21A-537474EAB6D7

"I bought 10 sets of those strings.,.,.,70 cents a set from china.,.,,never again.,.,,nice build.,.,."
58 minutes ago
Jerry Jordan commented on Doug Thorsvik's photo
Thumbnail

Pizza Box Guitar-2

"those frets are the bees knees.,.,"
1 hour ago
Jerry Jordan commented on Doug Thorsvik's photo
Thumbnail

Pizza Box Guitar-3

"That is wicked cool.,.,.,.,great job.,.,.,,."
1 hour ago
Jerry Jordan commented on Doug Thorsvik's photo
Thumbnail

Pizza Box Guitar-1

"excellent.,.,cool build.,.,.,I bet there are lots of these out there that were built after the 6th…"
1 hour ago
Tom T replied to Rob's discussion Resonator string tension
"Apologies Rob. Old eyes often misread computer screens. Vienna is a beautiful city any time of…"
1 hour ago
Poorness Studios liked AGP #'s video
1 hour ago
Poorness Studios liked Doug Thorsvik's photo
1 hour ago
Amir Sagi replied to Amir Sagi's discussion My Version for the CBG - The CBGR
"The box is 195mm wide and 300mm long. Depth is 50mm"
2 hours ago

Music

Loading…

© 2019   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

\uastyle>\ud/** Scrollup **/\ud.scrollup {\ud background: url("https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/963882636?profile=original") no-repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;\ud bottom: 25px;\ud display: inline !important;\ud height: 40px;\ud opacity: 0.3 !important;\ud position: fixed;\ud right: 30px;\ud text-indent: -9999px;\ud width: 40px;\ud z-index: 999;\ud}\ud.scrollup:hover {\ud opacity:0.99!important;\ud}\ud \uascript type="text/javascript">\ud x$(document).ready(function(){\ud x$(window).scroll(function(){\ud if (x$(this).scrollTop() > 100) {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeIn();\ud } else {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeOut();\ud }\ud });\ud x$('.scrollup').click(function(){\ud x$("html, body").animate({ scrollTop: 0 }, 600);\ud return false;\ud });\ud });\ud \ua!-- End Scroll Up -->