Guitar cables

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Post by Peter Mac » Wed May 14, 2014 6:38 pm

Hi guys,

I've been through a few cables over the last 35 years and I keep on staying with only 3 brands of cable and 2 brands of plug. I keep replacing them because other musos steal them.

CABLE : Shielded jacket, single core - not for speaker boxes.
Canare 005 : Japan - optic+copper core - not too expensive, either VHQ
Klotz : Another high quality cable, German I think
Belden : USA - the Industry standard for over 40 years

PLUGS: 1/4" (6.5mm) Jack
Switchcraft : USA
Neutrik : Japan

Both these plugs are excellent. I've used Switchcraft only for touring, but lately (12 years) I've opted for the Nuetrilk. Black jacket and very sturdy.

Keep in mind that your cable/plug is just as important to the signal chain as your pickups. Why spend $400.00 on pickups only to lose the signal strength with a crappy chinese $10.00 cable.

Signal does deteriorate over the length of cable so the better the cable, the better the signal. I have 3 Canare/Neutrik set-ups : 12 foot (orange); 24 foot (blue) and 30 foot (white) and the signal strength is the same regardless of length. Canare jackets come in different colours other than black also.
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Post by rtblues » Sat Apr 30, 2016 6:09 am

Spectraflex "Fatso-Flex" are the ones I've settled on after others, even very expensive ones, failed. Love this cable! Noticeable tone improvement, and
very well made.
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Post by Thomass12 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:15 am

Dave_Mc wrote:Length makes a difference as the capacitance increases proportional to length. I suppose if you have sufficiently low capacitance cables you might not hear a difference, or if you're running a buffer or something like that, but it does technically make a difference.

I just use award session ones with van damme cable and neutrik jacks (they're about ?10-?15 for a 10ft one). I think it's worthwhile not using the bargain basement stuff, both from a tonal and noise point of view rachat de credit immobilier, but once you get above that into the decent quality ones I'm not sure it makes much difference. Or at least not anywhere near enough to justify the often massive increases in price. :lol: EDIT: I should also say that cost doesn't necessarily mean better, either- those ones I use are cheaper than the planet waves one I replaced with them, and better.
You're absolutely right. You should never use cheap stuff if you want to have good sound.

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