Learning how to splice a guitar cable to a USB cable can save you a ton of extra money that no was has handy! Besides saving money, you’ll have the satisfaction of doing it yourself. Splicing a guitar cable to a USB cable is easy to do with a little patience and time. If you think you’re ready to tackle the task, than take a look at this list of items you’ll need to accomplish your task.
To splice a guitar cable to a USB cable, you’ll need the following items:
- USB cable
- Guitar cable
- Utility knife
- Electric tape
- Cut your old ends. The first step to splicing a guitar cable to a USB cable involves removing the old ends of your wires using scissors. You should cut approximately one to two inches off the ends of your USB and guitar cable. The reason we do this first is because these ends are usually damaged from wear and tear. If your cables are new, you may be able to skip this step. It’s a good idea to be working with two freshly-cut ends; just don’t cut yourself!
- Splice your wires. The second step to splicing a guitar cable to a USB cable is cutting the excess tubing off the ends of your wires. Take your electrical knife and cut approximately two inches of the vinyl tubing off of the ends of each of your wires. If you’ve done this step correctly, you should have two copper-exposed wire ends for both your guitar and USB cables. Be careful not to cut your copper wires though. If you do happen to cut the copper wires, than remove these damaged wires and repeat this step.
- Connecting your wires. The final step to splicing a guitar cable to a USB cable will begin by wrapping the copper wire ends around each other. Make sure that your wraps are tight and firm, or your new cable may not work correctly. After your copper ends are wrapped together, use electrical tape to cover-up these exposed copper wires. This is an important detail not to overlook because your copper wires will get extremely hot during use; using electrical tape will prevent any electrical fire issues.
If your wire doesn’t work after having followed these steps, there are a couple of items that you should troubleshoot. First, check over both of your wires carefully. Make sure that you don’t have any cuts or nicks in them, which may prevent your cable from working correctly. Second, check any areas that have kinks, as these are also places where your copper wires may be damaged. To fix either of these problems, simply cut-out your problem areas and reattach your wires using the above steps. Once you’ve completed these steps, you’ll have your very own homemade spliced cable, enjoy the music!