The Impossible Complexity of Wire

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The Impossible Complexity of Wire

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I'm trying to assemble a Tele 4 way control plate for a mate. My long term stash of wire has been consumed and I went to Jaycar to buy more. The helpful chap there determined they had examples of everything I didn't need and nothing I did. :roll:

So... wiring pots and switch; what is the wire I need and more importantly, where do I find some?
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Jaycar, its only fucking wire mate.....
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I have 600mm of cloth braid and 600mm of wire braid you can have

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Prob not enough wire braid if you're rewiring an LP

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https://www.jaycar.co.nz/black-heavy-du ... k/p/WH3046

I just use this stuff in various colours. I think it's 18awg so maybe a little too thick if space is tight but it does the job for me.

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Re: The Impossible Complexity of Wire

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For passive guitar wiring, pretty much anything that conducts electricity will do the job. Last time I ran out I just took the ends and the outer sleeve off a spare USB cable - four different colours of insulated wire right there.

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But what about the aesthetics of the cavity that is visible to no one?

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JHorner wrote: Sat May 14, 2022 4:54 pm But what about the aesthetics of the cavity that is visible to no one?
I hope no checks my wiring. Mostly held together by hopes and dreams rather than solder.

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Re: The Impossible Complexity of Wire

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This stuff is pretty good: https://www.jaycar.co.nz/p/WH3037?pos=1 ... =relevance

It’s silicone insulation, so it doesn’t melt or shrink back when you solder it.

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see... not rocket science ;)
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Bg wrote: Sat May 14, 2022 4:18 pm Jaycar, its only fucking wire mate.....
"I went to Jaycar to buy more. The helpful chap there determined they had examples of everything I didn't need and nothing I did."
"We were playing so loud that just one note on the guitar was sufficient".
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I have an unopened roll of the stuff RectifiedAmps linked, which I bought for a coffee grinder mod and ended up not needing. You can have it if you want. I have either black or red, or you could get fancy and have both.

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Re: The Impossible Complexity of Wire

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Thank you to Mr. Horner for your kind offer and to messers Lyle and Rectified Amps for recommending a wire I asked about. After consultation with the app on his phone, the Jaycar man informed me it was unsuitable.

Don't ask me why, I don't know why!

So.. a question: Traditionally, a solid core is used. I have been informed this is better suited to high impedance signals. Is this correct? Why is solid core used?
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Re: The Impossible Complexity of Wire

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Slowy wrote: Sat May 14, 2022 6:25 pm Thank you to Mr. Horner for your kind offer and to messers Lyle and Rectified Amps for recommending a wire I asked about. After consultation with the app on his phone, the Jaycar man informed me it was unsuitable.

Don't ask me why, I don't know why!

So.. a question: Traditionally, a solid core is used. I have been informed this is better suited to high impedance signals. Is this correct? Why is solid core used?
I think solid core was used traditionally as that's what was available. Stranded is more flexible and easier to work with. Probably a bit more durable if you shake the guitar around?

Solid core is handy in an amp as you can bend it to the shape/location you want for the best lead dressing and it will stay there.

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Re: The Impossible Complexity of Wire

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Slowy wrote: Sat May 14, 2022 6:16 pm
Bg wrote: Sat May 14, 2022 4:18 pm Jaycar, its only fucking wire mate.....
"I went to Jaycar to buy more. The helpful chap there determined they had examples of everything I didn't need and nothing I did."
Yes I saw this, but you should have slapped him and just bought something - why even ask? if it looks like wire, tastes like wire and quacks like wire - its wire!
So, is that low alcohol or no alcohol at all? mmmm, no alcohol, do you want to try it? Noooooooooo.

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