I'm working on a DIY project for a tube amp. Next step will be to buy the right components and then actually mount everything.

I have some experience with amplifier theory but have never built one. What kind of wire should I buy, and what is the applicability of these wires in relation to guitar amps?

  1. Silicone Jacket Wire
  2. Teflon jacket
  3. Cloth jacket
  4. PVC jacket
  • \$\begingroup\$ How many tubes are you planning to use (to get an idea of the filament current) \$\endgroup\$ – JIm Dearden Jun 26 '13 at 11:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm planning to build fender 5e3 clone with Solid State rectifier. Are 4 tubes, two 12ax7 and two 6v6gt. \$\endgroup\$ – user22230 Jun 26 '13 at 11:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ Nice. I'd go for the PVC wire - comes in lots of colors which is useful for tracing the circuit through. You may find this useful diyaudioprojects.blogspot.co.uk/2010/07/…. It also has some good advice on construction - especially avoiding noise and earth loops. diyaudioprojects.blogspot.co.uk/2010/07/… If your using solid state rectifiers remember the high voltage comes up very quickly compared to the valve diode. \$\endgroup\$ – JIm Dearden Jun 26 '13 at 11:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ I saw some old projects, was common to use the Cloth jacket wire? There are advantages in use this kind of wires for the heaters? \$\endgroup\$ – user22230 Jun 26 '13 at 11:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ Varnished fabric wire is the way to go for authenticity!!! \$\endgroup\$ – Andy aka Jun 26 '13 at 12:38

Teflon and silicon are resistant to heat which can be a big help when you solder twisted wires (ie heater circuit). Normal plastic might melt and make difficult to detect short circuits in twists. They are also more flexible than standard cable = easier to arrange your wires in the cab. I would avoid cloth wires which are a pain to bare.

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