#1
So, I'm in the US, Boston specifically, and I'm looking to pick up a couple of new cables for stage use. I'm not averse to buying local, but if I can find a much, much better deal online then that's obviously the way to go. Anybody have any suggestions for what brands, how much I should expect to shell out, and where I ought to look? It's been a few years since I've actually had to buy cables.
#2
The cheapest way would be to buy a spool of cable and make your own. If you don't want to do that, there really isn't a place where you can find cables considerably cheaper than retail value that will be worth a damn, except maybe eBay.

Check around your local shops for promotions. I think GC is running one right now.
#4
www.guitarfetish.com has some really nice monster cable style for $20ish 25ft. it has gold plated 1/4 ends and silver coated copper wire
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#5
The cheapest way for me is just buying any cables with lifetime warranties. Whatever you spend on them, you never have to buy cables again. So it saves a lot in the long run.
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Quote by ibanezguitars44
The cheapest way for me is just buying any cables with lifetime warranties. Whatever you spend on them, you never have to buy cables again. So it saves a lot in the long run.
This. I just buy cheap LiveWires and take them back to GC if I ever have problems (not often at all) and they replace them no questions asked.
#8
Make sure you see how far into the run a lifetime cable is.

I bought some monster ones and they were discontinued and I couldn't get a replacement.
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Quote by Kyleisthename
Make sure you see how far into the run a lifetime cable is.

I bought some monster ones and they were discontinued and I couldn't get a replacement.
I thought that in that case they would just give you the modern equivalent. That's what most companies do.
#10
The hardest part about making cables is not applying too much heat so that it melts the inner insulation. That's all about dialing in the right temperature and practice. Get a half decent temperature controlled soldering station and one of these:

It's called a third hand.

And practice, practice, practice.
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#11
I bought a bunch of PW American stage cables on ebay, and the 20 footers come with 3 sets of d'addario strings, for $29. The PW neutrik connectors even have a crimping strain relief like mic cables, and are very nice cables. I put away my mogamis for studio use and use the American stage cables a lot more. The actual cable is also nice and limber.

Otherwise I make my own, can't wait for the PW neutrik connectors to become available.
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#12
i have GFS. a solid purchase. im not expecting them to be a lifetime warranty, but for what i piad i am happy with them.

the monster rock series is actually a good cable if you want to pay for it. i recently stumbled on the new planet waves american cables which i think have a really really well designed tip to ensure good connection, however, they are of course expensive.
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Quote by ikey_
i have GFS. a solid purchase. im not expecting them to be a lifetime warranty, but for what i piad i am happy with them.

the monster rock series is actually a good cable if you want to pay for it. i recently stumbled on the new planet waves american cables which i think have a really really well designed tip to ensure good connection, however, they are of course expensive.


GFS makes a decent cable, just don't get the ones with the gray shrinkwrap around the ends. The 1/4" shaft actually rotates in place, so the contruction is actually 3 pieces: the large outer sleeve, a threaded tube, and then the actual 1/4" shaft that is the plug.

I got the american stage cables I mentioned above for $30 for 20 feet, includes 3 sets of strings. MF just happens to be the most expensive place to get them right now.
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