Instrument Cables?

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  1. Fretboard

    Fretboard Senior Member

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    Anyone know of any good instrument cables, I was looking at the Dimarzio and Monster cables. Dimarzio seem to be the most
    bang for the buck and Monster I'm starting to think that I would be paying for the name.

    Thanks in advance,

    Fred
     
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    StrangerNY Senior Member

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    I use Planet Waves cables for my entire guitar rig, as well as for most of my band's PA system.

    They haven't let me down yet, and if one goes bad I just take it back to the store and get a new one. Lifetime guarantees rawk. :D

    - D
     
  3. diceman

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    Snap Jacks. Interchangeable tips connected to the cable by a strong magnet, tips break free before causing damage to your instrument or pulling it off of a stand, and they are almost silent to remove the cable from the tip and switch instruments w/out powering down your rig. I love 'em - and will never use anything else. They are the best designed cables out there IMO.
     
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    From the UK. Priced in pounds. I assume they'll export:

    Award Session Cables. Welcome to award-session.com ClearTone Cables

    Just honest really. Van Damme cable (the best), Neutrik plugs (the best), low prices, win every accolade going from the magazines, and cheaper than you can buy the bare cable and plugs anywhere else.

    A no-brainer for me.
     
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    Try this site. Many cables to choose from. They explain cables and what makes good ones.

    Lava Cable
     
  6. Ekoms

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    I like Fulltone cables. Dont tangle at all and comes with a lifetime warranty. Very nice cables. Kind of expensive though, but wayy better than any monster cables Ive had.
     
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    I think all the above are good selections, (though I don't think the Snap Jacks have a sound quality in the same league as the rest, but they're very functional.)

    You're right about Monster Cables: they make a good product but charge an awful lot for it. And their "affordable" cables, (anything under $50,) are not very good quality.


    In the lower price ranges, if you can't find Cleartones, (which are tough to come by in the US,) I'd say Dimarzio's or Fulltones are both great, and excellent value.

    George L's and Bill Lawrence also make excellent cables for not much money, but you have to assemble them yourself.


    But a good Dimarzio cable will last a long-time and will give great tone. I used them for years, and still do when I want their particular sound on a recording. A nice warm, full, and clear tone.
     
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    One of the best investments I've ever made in the tone department was to buy Evidence Audio cables. Blanket removed and that is not an exaggeration in the slightest.
     
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    Wish I'd known about these before! great value for money.
    Some good info here too

    http://www.award-session.com/pdfs/ClearTone Cable Guide.pdf
     
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    i use whirlwind and live wires.

    i dunno about all the hype and expense in buying $50 cables for the gold ends etc

    yeah they might last longer but how much power are the pups putting out to benefit from it all. the resistance per foot cant be all that different

    then you take a high end gold plated cable and plug it into a $75 stomp box negating the benefit


    dont make sence to me so i use the cheapies
     
  12. Darkburst

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    Monster Cables are shit. I'm not hard on my cables, but the Monster Rock cables I had stopped working a bunch of times. After my last free replacement I Ebay'd them and bought Mogami cables which haven't failed me in three years and also have a life time warranty.
     
  13. gmacdonnell

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    I've had that problem before with Monster's 500 series. Their 1000 series are terrific cables, and sound incredible: but they cost quite a bit more than comparable cables.

    I still use them in combo amps, because not too many companies make a direct replacement for combo speaker cables. Since the cable is so short, it's about $25, and a great upgrade for any amp.

    But I'm not planning on buying any more Monster cables, not when there are so many great choices for less money.
     
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    I have to admit, I use the $20 "local guitar store" brand cables, and I have never had any issues. They are extremely well shielded, flexible, and at half the cost of Monster cables, they arent any different sound wise.

    I own top dollar Monster cables, but really, even recording, they make no difference IMO. Its all about marketing.:hmm:
     
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    I like Hotlines the most
     
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    I think I might get the Cleartones but there is a lot of choices in them any in particular you reccomend?
     
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    Those cables look pretty nice. I couldn't help but notice they have 20 meter cables. That seems pretty long for instrument cable. I usually hear 6 to 8 meters is the max you want an instrument cable to go.
     
  18. gmacdonnell

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    For a Gibson Les Paul the Silent angled jack is great: 8M0, Inst, JSM/JAMS
    8 meters is about as long as I'd go without a buffer or clean boost.

    Cleartones are terrific. Wish they were more available in the States.
     
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    If you can get your hands on a cable made by Adam Laboga from Breslau/Wroclav, you should give it a try. They are fantastic, and a lot less expenive than Monster cables.

    Laboga - Wzmacniacze lampowe
     
  20. Fretboard

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    Would I want the straight jack to be silent or the angled jack to be silent.
     

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