This simple modification/hack is not my original idea at all. It’s actually not a very hard concept, it’s just something I don’t see in actual use to often.
The Idea or concept is to be able to play your guitar (or other similar signal bearing instrument) using two separate amplifier setups. This will create a very unique mix of tonal qualities and characteristics if you have two different amps. Even if you have the same amplifier twice, it will give you an amazingly whole and fat sound.
Other unique configuration abilities include different speaker cabinet types. Just like some bass guitar setups, you will see a cabinet with 4 10″ speakers (“4×10″) paired with a single 15” woofer (“1×15″). A setup like this gives you all the mid range and high range frequencies in the 4×10 cabinet, and then separately all the low range frequencies can be isolated on the 15”. This allows each speaker to do what it’s sonically designed to do.
So for instance, in using my split cable, I setup a Peavey 6505+ amplifier head / 4×12 cabinet combo, then a Peavey Valveking VK100 / 2×12 cabinet. I decided to dial in the 6505 to focus on all the lows and beefyness since thats’ what it’s designed to do. Then I dialed in most of the mid-high’s and overall ‘punch’ on the VK100.
The only way to really experience a sound like this is to go to a concert and listen to the massive sound system built in-house, or make your own cable for practice at home!
- 2x typical instrument / guitar cables (see below for length)
- 1x 1/4″ TS connector sleeve (part that unscrews)
- soldering iron / solder
- soldering skills
- heat-shrink tubing
- wire strippers
Sadly, this project was already completed before this site’s creation. So all I have for you is words. I promise, it’s simple enough though.
You should have two guitar cables, one can be significantly shorter than the other. The shorter one’s length is dependent on how far apart your two amps will be. A good length would be 3ft for the short cable, and as long as you want for the 2nd cable. This depends on how far away you want to be able to go from your amp. Most long guitar cables are around 25ft.
- Cut the 1st cable (shorter) in half.
- Strip both ends (the part you cut) so that It looks something like this.
- In reference to the picture, the wire mesh which is your ground (GND)(-), is the wire folded over to the right. Twist that together so it looks nice and neat.
- The other wire which is known as the lead wire (HOT) or positive (+) should also be twisted off and made neat.
- Next, strip the 2nd cable (the longer one) so that it looks like the above steps.
- Using a larger diameter heat shrink tubing, slide it over the 2nd cable.
- Use the connector sleeve, and slide it onto the 2nd cable. This will be used to cover up and protect the connection we are going to make. The heat shrink will be used to cover this ENTIRE connection, including the metal sleeve.
- Solder all three HOT wires together, and make sure to use heat shrink to contain the connection, and prevent it from shorting out to any other metal.
- Solder all three GND (wire mess) together. Again, make sure to use a separate heat shrink tube to contain these. Note: I should probably mention, that it’s good idea to slide the heat shrink tube on BEFORE making the solder connection. That way you can just slide the heat shrink over the solder point.
- Make sure there are no exposed connections that would create a short. Use a heat gun or ligher to heat the tubing, and shrink it down so it contains the wires snugly.
- Slide the metal sleeve over the whole area, then slide the larger heat shrink over the sleeve and shrink it.
If everything was done correctly, you should be able to plug the guitar into the long end of the cable, then plug the two shorter ends into your amplifiers.
If you have questions, leave a comment!