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    Cables What instrument cable are you using?

    Overhauling my 'mundane' gear like picks, cables, capo etc. I've always had a hodge-podge of old stuff and it's time to buy some new guitar cables. I've been doing a little reading on the most recommended cables, I know nearly everyone is gonna have a different opinion but let's see if a trend emerges Also I'm not interested in building my own, so let me know what ready-to-go guitar cables you've been very pleased with in terms of reliability, shielding, warranty, and so forth.
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    Re: What instrument cable are you using?

    '20 Mogami 2524 and two Lava coils '20 & '35 ...you'd be amazed at how having a small variety of straight and coils in different lenghts can change your tone
    Last edited by garywright; 10-30-18 at 06:08 PM. Reason: spelling the word Mogami

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    Re: What instrument cable are you using?

    Mostly Mogami of various lengths. 'Cept my pedal board. George L's there.


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    Re: What instrument cable are you using?

    One of the long Fender Vintage leads, it's yellow and easy to find!

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    Re: What instrument cable are you using?

    I make my own cables. I'm in Europe, so that's what I use:

    Cable: Klotz instrument cable 75 pF/m capacitance
    Plugs: Neutrik

    It doesn't get better than that... for the cost and availability.

    Vovox cables are the absolute best but they're a bit too expensive for my taste.
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    Re: What instrument cable are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by LtKojak View Post
    I make my own cables. I'm in Europe, so that's what I use:

    Cable: Klotz instrument cable 75 pF/m capacitance
    Plugs: Neutrik

    It doesn't get better than that... for the cost and availability.

    Vovox cables are the absolute best but they're a bit too expensive for my taste.
    Neutrik plugs are good stuff .

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    Re: What instrument cable are you using?

    Mogami

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    Re: What instrument cable are you using?

    D'Addario American Stage. Not the fanciest but, as a working musician, they are tough & reliable. Would love to try Asterope but until the gigs get better...

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    Re: What instrument cable are you using?

    Mogami and Neutrik here!
    Game on!

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    Re: What instrument cable are you using?

    I just bought 4 beautiful cables from this company, Toaster Cables. handmade in Switzerland. They are ridiculously expensive, but man they are so beautiful and well made. I love them!




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    Re: What instrument cable are you using?

    I Make my own. ProCo 120SX Musicmover cable. Switchcraft jacks. Weller Soldering Iron. I bought 100' of cable and an assortment of jacks years ago. They're pretty durable.
    Compared to most of you I suck at guitar, but I'm working real hard and sucking less every day. There, I said it.

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    Re: What instrument cable are you using?

    Anything of honnest, decent quality will do. I have expensive cables (Gibson branded), and cheaper alternatives (Klotz, Sommer Cable, Planet waves). They all sound good enough for me. I use quite short length cables too (3 meters or less).
    I stay away from the "Yellow cable" brand you can find in Europe, that's about it.

    Edit: Oh and Monster cables, I definitely stay away from. Had one die on me during a gig, it was 6 months old. Never again. Expensive but not reliable at all.
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    Re: What instrument cable are you using?

    From guitar: 18 ft Mogami w/ Neutrik ends
    If I am using effects, the board and the cables from board to the amps is all George L's.
    I have the "show signatures" box unchecked.

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    Re: What instrument cable are you using?

    Short sparkly Gibson one that came with my CR8 for at home use. An old 25-ft Spectraflex I've had sine 1990 for stage; it's indestructible and very quiet.
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    Re: What instrument cable are you using?

    Pro Cables and Sound cables. High quality, reasonably priced cables.

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    Re: What instrument cable are you using?

    At home I just use a Vox coily cord, replaced the ends with Neutrik
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    Re: What instrument cable are you using?

    George L 225. Not very flexible, but I like the way they sound.
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    Re: What instrument cable are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave P View Post
    At home I just use a Vox coily cord, replaced the ends with Neutrik
    I'd think the notes would come out dizzy!


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    Re: What instrument cable are you using?

    I use a mix, but I've been purchasing replacements from Fender and Peavey. I've had one of each fail, the Fender was repairable, the Peavey was not. I'm pretty easy on cables, so its a little disappointing when a cable fails.

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    Re: What instrument cable are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by El Gringo View Post
    Neutrik plugs are good stuff .
    All of the Neutrik 1/4" have broken on me. All of them. The plastic just doesn't hold up.

    Switchcraft are the ones I make my cables with.
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    Re: What instrument cable are you using?

    Been using the same Neutrik and Mogami (wired my own) lead cables for over a decade with no issues.

    For the pedalboard(s) I use Lava Solderless for ease and adaptability.

    Also use a Shure GLX-D16 wireless system with the band.

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    Re: What instrument cable are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by J T View Post
    All of the Neutrik 1/4" have broken on me. All of them. The plastic just doesn't hold up.

    Switchcraft are the ones I make my cables with.
    Years ago I made cables with premium wire and Switchcraft plugs. All failed in short order (a few years of use). Maybe back then the 'premium cable' was crap, I honestly don't know, but I never went back and tried it again.


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    Re: What instrument cable are you using?

    I like Switchcraft ends on Belden or ProCo cable. I like add a twist of bailing wire to help with tugging breakage. Been using the same guitar out cable since 1981 (my "lucky cable"). Every once in a while I might resolder, or cut off an inch or two and re-attach an end.

    I know you asked about factory stuff, it all fails, and most are not repairable.

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    Re: What instrument cable are you using?

    Evidence Lyric HG Cables.

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    Line6 Relay G55... no cables... feel the freedom!!!!
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    Re: What instrument cable are you using?

    The $20.00 one.
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    Re: What instrument cable are you using?

    Small stages - Lava red coily cable (going on 8 years with no problem)
    larger stages - Line6 Relay with a Radial Dragster ahead of it (Dragster makes a meaningful difference for me)
    studio - mogami/Neutrik (home built)
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    pedalboard- George Ls (way too many of them)

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    Re: What instrument cable are you using?

    Has anyone tried one of these?

    https://www.rattlesnakecables.com/

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    Re: What instrument cable are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by jalevinemd View Post
    Has anyone tried one of these?

    https://www.rattlesnakecables.com/
    Anything made in Montana has to be good. The water is better and the air is cleaner. They have more unicorns and fairies as well. I have been called there to battle with highsnappers though, fearsome as they are. And they do keep the uni's and fairies in check, but their occasional forays into our realm force my occasional trips.


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    Re: What instrument cable are you using?

    I've never heard of a Highsnapper. Is that what you're doing in your avatar, casting out Highsnappers?

    Oh, about cables - I like my Lava coils for the guitar and George L's for my pedals...
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    Quote Originally Posted by fernieite View Post
    I've never heard of a Highsnapper. Is that what you're doing in your avatar, casting out Highsnappers?

    Oh, about cables - I like my Lava coils for the guitar and George L's for my pedals...
    Mountain run alligators. Nasty breed. I spend a ton of time in the Rockies up in your neck o' the woods ridding them as well. They go up there when the bull shark population gets high. Then they stay for the unicorns and fairies. When those get low they turn to small peoples. Then larger... Vicious cycle. Keeps me an Elias busy... Noodling calls them in.


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    Re: What instrument cable are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wilko View Post

    I know you asked about factory stuff, it all fails, and most are not repairable.



    Pretty much this IMO, must be a guitar cable thing. I've hoarded a small box of "ye olde cables" I still have from the 90's and 00's. One day I got the bright idea to "repair" them. I ripped open the ends & made sure the hot/ground were re-soldered then when going to plug the cables back in I still got no signal or just noise. Twas then I realized it was too big a job for this guy and I'm not sure I have a single cable that's a decade old which still works, even the monster ones I was gifted many years back went south.


    Meanwhile, we had this 50 year old patch bay at a studio where I studied at with a big rack of equally old patch cables..never had a single problem with one of those cables that I can recall though they don't get yanked around like guitar cables.

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    Re: What instrument cable are you using?

    Take any cable that you like, or think is "good" and disect it. I mean cut that sucker apart. Look at the parts. Cut it lengthwise and really look for quality. You'll surprised at the garbage that is passed off as "premium" guitar cables. Foil shields instead of braided, really crappy wire gauge, etc.

    You won't anything better than industry tested and military approved like Belden wire and switchcraft plugs.

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    Re: What instrument cable are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by akstrat61 View Post
    Mogami and Neutrik here!
    +1! great sound and never experienced any problems including use at lots of outdoor gigs...

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