- Dec 7, 2005
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- St. Johnsbury, VT USA
Having some issues with the cheap wires I bought for guitar wiring. Looking for advice on what to try next.
You asked for it. Expensive wires.Having some issues with the cheap wires I bought for guitar wiring. Looking for advice on what to try next.
Ooh, shielded and pre-tinned. I think that's what I'm looking for!I’d go with copper unless you want to spring for silver or gold.
What kind of problems are we talking about? I tend to like vintage style like these options:
Both are available in larger rolls.
Thanks, yeah, I already found the same wire for $30/spool and already ordered one (I think I got the last spool, though )I’m happy with the 22 gauge, solid core, pre-tinned wire - shielded (typically humbuckers) or unshielded (typically single coils), depending on application.
Edit: if you look around, you can probably find a better price than the StewMac wire I linked to.
I still use leaded solder because 1) it works better, and 2) I don’t solder often enough to be concerned with lead poisoning.What solder are you using? I've tried Silver based ones (? Lead free) and Lead based ones. The first are a pain to use, they take way longer to melt at the iron and consequently force me to use more heat, which then leads to the possibility of ruining components.
For sporadic use, lead solder works fine for me... not advisable for daily use due to its vapors containing lead obviously...
My hi-fi speaker cables are silver. Makes a noticeable difference!I’d go with copper unless you want to spring for silver or gold.
I'm pretty sure there's no lead in leaded solder fumes, but that doesn't mean you should be breathing it anyway. Most of the lead contamination of leaded solder is from improperly discarded electronics that were built with leaded solder. I use leaded because I bought a roll years ago and I make sure I wash my hands afterwards. Honestly there isn't that much difference between leaded and lead-free if you're using a decent iron, but most people aren't using decent irons. Get an iron that has temp control, enough wattage to keep the tip at the correct temp, and contains a good controller and you'll find that all solder melts at 350c.
As far as wire goes, cloth pushback is nice for guitar and amp work. I actually generally prefer stranded for guitars as it's easier to navigate within a cavity, but solid is good if you just want to bend and forget.