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Guitar Wiring



Guitar Wiring is the Heart of Both Vintage Guitars and Cheap Electric Guitars, 

Connecting all Electronic Guitar Parts .....




To understand Guitar Wiring you have to know Electric Guitar Circuit Wire.  Wire is available in different gauges, wire types, insulating / shielding coverings of varying styles and colors.  

1950's guitar manufacturers used the wire of the time.  Waxed Cloth covering over a celanese film to protect the current carrying wire lead inside.  This style wire is known as cloth "pushback" wire.


 Guitar Wiring Availability

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Pushback wire is more expensive than modern rubber and plastic covered wire. Vintage enthusiasts claim the pushback wire is superior to modern wire in both interference insulation and conductivity.





Braided Shield pushback wire is the same Cloth pushback wire encased in a braided metal shield / ground wire.  This type wire enables both the ground and lead wire to run through the circuit together for a clean installation using less wires.






Gauging Guitar Wiring Success


When designing a guitar circuit, wire gauge and material choices  should be considered for best results.

Common gauges found in guitar circuits range from 19 AWG to 24 AWG.  The higher the wire gauge number, the smaller the thickness of the wire.  Less expensive and more flexible 24 gauge is found in most modern circuits.  

For the bigger is better crowd, 19 gauge is the choice.19 gauge is a little harder to conform to a circuit design due to it's stiffness.  

Early Vintage guitar circuits generally were installed with 22AWG wire.

Guitar circuit wires can use similar conductor metal for the Hot leads.  but Similar is not the same.  





All Aboard!  Conductor


The conducting wire can be solid or stranded.  There is a sea of opinions and theories as to which is better.  

The ultimate conductor as used in classic guitar circuits is Silver Tinned Stranded Copper Wire.  It is second only to Silver wire in conductance.





Pushback Wire

There are a number of pushback wires offered, but few have all aspects of the original wire.  Some offer tinned copper, but just the tips are tinned. Other companies offer pushback cloth that may or may not be waxed cloth and may or may not have an additional insulator between the cloth and the conductor.

MVG carries THE Original Spec'd Wire found in Vintage Fender, Gibson and other 50's & 60's Classic Guitars.

There are a number of different styles that are sort of like the original, but this is the real thing.

Pushback wire is used by many of the worlds top Luthiers, and is in some of the most famous guitars in history.

This style wire provides one of the best possible connections for your guitar electronics.    A truly vintage, upgrade for custom Single Coil and Humbucking circuits.   Our wire is constructed using traditional vintage style materials.

These are among the finest Guitar circuit wires made

MVG Pushback Wires stay true to vintage.  Our wire is 22 AWG, Waxed Cloth, Celanese sleeved, silver tinned stranded conductor pushback wire as used in the original Vintage Guitars.







Buss (Bus) Wire

Ground Buss (Bus) wire is another consideration for a guitar circuit. This Solid usually Silver Tinned wire goes by both names.  Bus wire is usually used as an additional ground connection between potentiometers and other circuit components.  Bus wire is often the same AWG as the Guitar Wiring signal conductor wire or is the next size larger.  This grounding method is seldom used in modern production guitars, as it is labor intensive and more costly.



It's claim to fame is to make the Guitar Wiring Harness more stable and less susceptible to circuit output noise.







Whichever style wiring is chosen for the next project, be sure to practice soldering techniques before venturing into final wiring.  Practice makes perfect.  Bull rushing in can be damaging and time consuming