#1
As you can guess my cable has finally given way.Its got me through 6 years so it aint done too bad.

Now,whats everyones opinion on the best cable around at the moment? Elixir or something else?Im looking for both best budget and higher end options.

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#2
Monster.

But really there's not much difference in cables IMO other than durability.
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#3
Spectraflex, just make sure that who ever you purchase from has a good warranty.
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#4
Basically you have two types of people:

1.) People who use a cable to colour their sound
2.) People who do not want a cable to change their sound

I am firmly in the 2nd camp, if you are in the first camp feel free to ignore this post.

I have tried a LOT of cables, ranging from cheapos to some extremely pricey things (some running £100 or more per cable!) Personally I consider the Klotz LaGrange to be the best cable on the market. It is extremely clear however, unlike some of the very high end cables, actually sounds "natural" to my ear. I find the very high priced cables with "exotic" constructions suck a huge amount of mid-range* and you end up with something that removes the "guitar-ness" especially with some OD.

For pedal boards I don't think you can beat George L's personally. The ease of use and adaptability is second to none and the sound is pretty good.


*As an aside this is probably the reverse: the traditional cable cuts the lows and highs which is perceived as an increase in mid-range. You could argue this is "inferior" however since >90% of guitar cables are like this I consider it part of the deal.

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i assume you're in the UK (from your use of "shagged")- both award session and kabl are very good value (van damme cable).

I haven't tried la grange yet, but i picked up one of the cheaper klotz cables on thomann a while back, and even it was really nice, so it's probably worth a look, too, lewis/power freak is normally bang on with his suggestions. I picked up a sommer (spirit, i think?) at teh same time and it was v nice too.

EDIT: I'm pretty much in camp 2 as well.
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i assume you're in the UK (from your use of "shagged")- both award session and kabl are very good value (van damme cable).

I haven't tried la grange yet, but i picked up one of the cheaper klotz cables on thomann a while back, and even it was really nice, so it's probably worth a look, too, lewis/power freak is normally bang on with his suggestions. I picked up a sommer (spirit, i think?) at teh same time and it was v nice too.

EDIT: I'm pretty much in camp 2 as well.

Before settling on Klotz I used VDs from award session or George L's.

If you're on a low budget go for award session, or try and find somewhere that makes to measure using mogami cable. Personally I would avoid Canare as it tends to colour the tone too much in my view and is less clear than the Mogami (or VD which is pretty close to the mogami.)

For a slightly higher budget George L's won't batter your top end as much but will make the low end suffer, so not a great choice for thin-bright amps IMO. Be warned this stuff is not hard wearing though, if you mistreat things it won't last long!

For high end cables (I consider Klotz to be mid-high, here I'm talking b00teek cables) the only one I've tried that I'd say is worth the money is probably the evidence lyric HG, but I'd take a Klotz over it any day of the week and save a wad of cash.


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yeah i think i've heard GLs are pretty bright, though i haven't tried them myself

but yeah, based on what little i've tried i'm not sure there's a whole heap of point in spending hundreds on cables. i'd rather have another amp or guitar
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klotz are the best u can get in europe without having to take a loan :P
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Usually, I get a 4 pack of the Musician's friend cables for $20.00, then on Day one, I cut the connectors off each end, and resolder them, or replace them... I've had them for years, and years and years and years...

as far as coloring your sound... I haven't recorded in a lot of years, and I can't imagine live on stage hearing a difference between a cheap cable and an expensive one, and if I lose them, or they get "Mixed up" with anothers gear, or just out right stolen, I'm not out a lot of money...
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imo its a bit stupid to spend thousands of dollars on guitars and amps and then connect them with a 5 dollar cable mid-high quality is the only way to go
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imo its a bit stupid to spend thousands of dollars on guitars and amps and then connect them with a 5 dollar cable mid-high quality is the only way to go

The metaphor I like is the dirty windows metaphor:

Each piece of your equipment in your signal chain is like a pane of glass, so your entire rig is like a number of consecutive panes. If one piece of glass is dirty, for example a rubbish cable, a bad pickup etc. then it prevents you from seeing things clearly. Similarly if all the panes of glass are dirty replacing one with a pristine piece of crystal won't make things much better, i.e. swapping a crappy starter guitar with a gibson les paul in a starter pack won't change things too much!


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The metaphor I like is the dirty windows metaphor:

Each piece of your equipment in your signal chain is like a pane of glass, so your entire rig is like a number of consecutive panes. If one piece of glass is dirty, for example a rubbish cable, a bad pickup etc. then it prevents you from seeing things clearly. Similarly if all the panes of glass are dirty replacing one with a pristine piece of crystal won't make things much better, i.e. swapping a crappy starter guitar with a gibson les paul in a starter pack won't change things too much!




true, i hear a big difference between cables when i use my cae od100 amp but when using my microcube theres no difference at all, thats probably why theres so many anti quality cables ppl around
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true, i hear a big difference between cables when i use my cae od100 amp but when using my microcube theres no difference at all, thats probably why theres so many anti quality cables ppl around

Nice amp my friend!


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imo its a bit stupid to spend thousands of dollars on guitars and amps and then connect them with a 5 dollar cable mid-high quality is the only way to go


oh i agree

but you can get "good" cables for £10-£25, i'm not sure there's much point in going to the crazy money ones.

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The metaphor I like is the dirty windows metaphor:

Each piece of your equipment in your signal chain is like a pane of glass, so your entire rig is like a number of consecutive panes. If one piece of glass is dirty, for example a rubbish cable, a bad pickup etc. then it prevents you from seeing things clearly. Similarly if all the panes of glass are dirty replacing one with a pristine piece of crystal won't make things much better, i.e. swapping a crappy starter guitar with a gibson les paul in a starter pack won't change things too much!




good analogy

i normally use teh "weakest link in the chain" one, but the window one is probably even better
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#16
IMO

As long as it's got a lifetime warranty, and you can exchange a bad one for a good one, no questions asked, then it is a good cable.

That and as long as it doesn't break right out of the box
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#17
Switchcraft.

I treat my cables like crap and only had to resolder one one time.
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