#1
Ok, so the week just ending i had been prepping for a gig i played last night.

Through out the week most of my leads died.

So saturday morning I went to my local (or not so local seein as its a few towns over) music store. I bought a 6 metre cable which had silencer ends on, and a bunch of 7 patch cables.

When it came to the gig last night in sound check a couple of the patch cables died.
Then my newly bought silencer cable died. And then after sound check, when our slot came and i went to set up, another of my normal leads died. So I had to borrow one off another support band (who happily lent me one). Which then worked fine throughout the whole gig.

Overall the gig was a rousing success, and we happened to gather a bigger crowd than the headlining act which puzzled me.

But what I came to ask is: Why are leads so ****? Why do they always ****ing break?!?! and would a better alternative be to make my own leads?

Thanks for reading
#2
Because you keep buying cheap leads, which are inherently ****.

Get some Cleartone, Klotz or Mogami cables and you'll be set for life.
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#3
how much am i gonna be looking at there? and yeah you're probably right...
#4
Don't buy crap leads and make sure you don't abuse them.

I make my own cables and have only ever had one fail once, which I easily repaired in about five minutes.

I use George L cable and switchcraft jacks. Jacks aren't super important, but good cable is. George L is pretty damn nice, I've heard good things about Canare cable as well.

Edit: Also, if the cables you bought didn't have a lifetime warranty they are absolute garbage. Even cheapo livewire cables (which are decent) have lifetime warranties.
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Last edited by Kevin Saale at Sep 27, 2009,
#5
just dont do the stupid thing of spending loads on cables, the offer hardly any tonal improvement, you're only really paying for durability
#6
^Blind test a george L to a garbage lead, you'll notice a difference.

It's also fairly cheap if you make your own. I think I payed 1.50 a foot (roughly 5 bucks a meter) for my cable.

Two 18 footers and 7 six inch patches would cost you about sixty bucks, plus the 18 jacks you'd need (about two bucks a piece) Total: 100 dollars for durable high quality cables that'll be extremely simple to repair.
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Last edited by Kevin Saale at Sep 27, 2009,
#7
the silencer lead had a 10 year warranty, i had it for 6 hours, does that warrant money back?
#8
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^Blind test a george L to a garbage lead, you'll notice a difference.

there have been many competitions with cash prizes where if you can tell the difference between a £10 cable and a £100 cable multiple times in a row you win a shed load of money, I can't remember the specific name of the competition but no one managed to guess correctly

have a look on google if you want, I think there are a few articals on there about it
#12
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the silencer lead had a 10 year warranty, i had it for 6 hours, does that warrant money back?



You probably won't get money back, they'll probably just replace it. I still say a ten year warranty is crap when all other decent companies offer lifetime warranties.

Cpt clark: Maybe the expensive one was crap? Compare one of my well made george L's to a bargain bin lead and there will be a difference.
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#13
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I still say a ten year warranty is crap when all other decent companies offer lifetime warranties.


This guy speaks the truth me thinks.
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Cpt clark: Maybe the expensive one was crap? Compare one of my well made george L's to a bargain bin lead and there will be a difference.

aye that is a fair point
#16
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george L's, high chance of not breaking???



I've never had the cable get damaged. I had a solder joint fail once on the jack I plug into my guitar. Repeated plugging and unplugging broke it. I resoldered it more securely and now pull the cable out by the jack and not the cord, no problems since. If I gigged I'd probably check all of my cables solder joints the day before and touch up any that are wearing.

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#17
Mogami is a good brand. I've had the same 18 footer for a year now, still running perfectly.
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just dont do the stupid thing of spending loads on cables, the offer hardly any tonal improvement, you're only really paying for durability

there is a huge difference in sound from a cheap cable to a nice cable. a bad cable will only add impedance to the signal, reducing the highs and the overall quality of the sound. a good cable will use better wires and jacks so it will have he least impedance possible.

I use Zzyzx Magnetic Cables, and they are absolutely awesome. i thought my amp needed new tubes before i got the amp. turns out the cables i was using were sucking my signal. when i used my Zzyzx, my tone was fuller, clearer and warmer.
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#19
It's easy to fix most leads, most just come detached from the connector. Easy fix with a soldering iron. (Take of leads cover, see where it's broken, solder it back together.)
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