#1
So I have about 4 leads and they've all broken over the years so I need to invest in some more, but I can't help but be surprised at how expensive some of them are. $70 for a lead? No thanks.

But I'm starting to think it might be for a reason, is there major tone less getting a $15 Ashton or Fender lead instead of a high-priced DiMarzio one?

I really don't want to spend more than $20-25 or so for one lead, I need to get a few.
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#2
You're paying for better insulation. So a braided DiMarzio lead will be much sturdier and use much better quality switchcraft jacks. The new Fender custom shop leads are pretty nice.
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You pay for quality, to a certain extent.

Live Wires have been good to me, use them almost daily and they get thrown around and stepped on, I've only had 1 or 2 fail on me (I own somewhere between 10 and 15). I've had some of the same ones for 5-8 years now. They have Lifetime warranty too, so if they do break just taken em to GC and swap them out.

There is definitely a steep curve with cable quality. Pretty much <$20 is complete shit, then it plateaus until around $50, then it starts going up again, in my experience. I plan to try out some Lavas in the future, I have heard that they are good cables.
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I live in Australia so these are my options, I'll give you some sites. Everything here is overpriced with limited options, so if you can find me anything at a good price even if its a guitar store on ebay that would be great!

http://www.allansbillyhyde.com.au/prodcat/Guitars/Guitar_Accessories/Leads_and_Cables.aspx

http://www.musoscorner.com.au/site/index.cfm?module=STORETIGERV2&bit=products&adv_category_code=3225&cart_id=FE0A1910-5056-B63B-841E8CCB0A5B11EB
#5
Don't buy shit like that from Australian shops, man. Seriously, just don't. You are paying for over-inflated commercial property values. Ebay and Amazon are where you should be. Get something with a lifetime warranty. The only time you should be walking into a shop for a cable is when/if it comes time to replace it under warranty
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You could also build your own cables for MUCH cheaper. Mogami W2524 is about $0.84 a foot, and Amphenol connectors are around 2 bucks a piece. A 15 foot cable would cost you around 16 bucks before shipping.

All it takes is stripping the cable and soldering two points on each connector.
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You could also build your own cables for MUCH cheaper. Mogami W2524 is about $0.84 a foot, and Amphenol connectors are around 2 bucks a piece. A 15 foot cable would cost you around 16 bucks before shipping.

All it takes is stripping the cable and soldering two points on each connector.


that is certainly the cheapest and best way to go.

To some degree the cables are as good as your solder.

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You pay for quality, to a certain extent.

Live Wires have been good to me, use them almost daily and they get thrown around and stepped on, I've only had 1 or 2 fail on me (I own somewhere between 10 and 15). I've had some of the same ones for 5-8 years now. They have Lifetime warranty too, so if they do break just taken em to GC and swap them out.

There is definitely a steep curve with cable quality. Pretty much <$20 is complete shit, then it plateaus until around $50, then it starts going up again, in my experience. I plan to try out some Lavas in the future, I have heard that they are good cables.


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I've found that if you spend a few extra dollars on a decent cable they're sturdier and tangle less or untangle easier. You also get better shielding and better jacks. I've owned the same green 6m one for years and years. I can't say what brand it is, though, as the printing has rubbed off. It was in at the $AUD30-40 mark though.

As for tone, there is a difference, as minute as it may be. Can I hear it though? No. Some people have told me they can. I've heard some really cheap and nasty ones buzz, but I can't hear a difference between the really expensive ones at around this price point and my $40 one.
#10
I found some Fender Custom Shop cables at $23 each 18ft from the USA on ebay. With postage it's like $34. Worth getting a few of these ones?