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How Do I Use Shielded Wire Correctly? Answered

Hi I am trying to wire an electric guitar up and I really want to use shielded wire. I already bought like 3 feet of it and I have no idea how to use it? Can someone help me out please! Thanks!

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gmoon

9 years ago

Use it like regular wire; the outer shield is always the ground. Try to avoid ground loops. I.E., everything should be connected to a common ground at only one point.

This page has a simple explanation of gnd loops in guitar wiring. As does this one (better text, but with ascii text images only.)

If you need specific wiring diagrams for a Les Paul, Strat, etc., you can find 'em pretty easily online...

(Dig those crazy sprague bumblebee caps...)

I think you just solder it on wherever it needs to go...AFAIK there's nothing special you need to do, except of course strip the stuff off the ends to expose the bare wire on your connections.

The wire on the inside of the coating is what you use, the coating is there as the shield.