I'm getting increasingly frustrated trying to separate the silver braided shielding wire from the shielded hot wire when hooking up an output jack. Can't I just use two pieces of regular hookup wire, or does one need to be this pain-in-the-butt silver braided wire? What's up with that?! Thanks!
You can certainly use regular wire. The shielded stuff is used to make the run to the jack for potential noise reduction benefits, particularly in Strat-type guitars. The run to the jack is so short, however, that it is unlikely to be a major noise generator.
While you don't have to use shielded cable, it's one of those "best practices" things, and easier to do it now than later, if it turns out to be noisy after you're done.
The original G-Nutz site suggests the use of 2-conductor shielded cable for this purpose, which is shielded but easier to work with than the braided stuff. I copped a bit from an old phone cable, about 4 feet worth- I'll never build that many guitars if I live to be 100!
If the braided stuff you're using is only two-conductor (meaning the braid doubles as the ground connection), you should lose it anyway. And remember that the shielding doesn't do any good unless it's connected to ground as well.
Post by axekicker on Sept 29, 2011 22:47:51 GMT -5
Thanks for the response. I have this wire that has two encased leads and then the braided stuff, all wrapped in black; I think I got it off StewMac. So in this instance, all I'd have to do is strip a bit off the two smaller leads, and use one for ground and leave the braided stuff alone, correct?