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Old 02-08-2018, 12:46 AM   #1
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OK...I have done a search on here looking for what would be a acceptable cord to use between my guitar and amp. No cigar! It just takes me all over the place.

So, with that being said...what kind or brand are you guys using?

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You talking about a guitar cord? Take the one you use with your strat.

I have some no-name ones, and a coupla Planet Waves.
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Cables...

Unshielded
Sipral shield
Braid shield
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Braid/Spiral + foil

Go braided when possible for instrument cables. Spiral is technically fine, but a spiral cable is about 50 bad-tugs from being an unshielded cable. Foil is OK for short installation runs (the back of racks for example) but turns into an antenna for long runs.

Connector types:
Bunch of different construction methodologies. I'd recommend Switchcraft 280 style connectors + an insulated jacket on the amp side and a right angle variant on the guitar side (if appropriate). Ultimately, find something that has a noble plating (usually nickel), and has a good cable retention mechanism.
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You talking about a guitar cord? Take the one you use with your strat.

I have some no-name ones, and a coupla Planet Waves.
I havenít bought that Strat yet! Yet being the key word here!
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Cables...

Unshielded
Sipral shield
Braid shield
Foil shield
Braid/Spiral + foil

Go braided when possible for instrument cables. Spiral is technically fine, but a spiral cable is about 50 bad-tugs from being an unshielded cable. Foil is OK for short installation runs (the back of racks for example) but turns into an antenna for long runs.

Connector types:
Bunch of different construction methodologies. I'd recommend Switchcraft 280 style connectors + an insulated jacket on the amp side and a right angle variant on the guitar side (if appropriate). Ultimately, find something that has a noble plating (usually nickel), and has a good cable retention mechanism.
Thanks for the info.
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Old 02-08-2018, 03:13 AM   #6
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Reverb Cables.

https://reverb.com/p/reverb-cables

$7 for 10 ft, $9 for 20 ft.

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I havenít bought that Strat yet! Yet being the key word here!
My apologies. I thought you were another member. Brainfart.

But, everyone needs a strat!
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I like the cloth ones that everybody calls a "Toaster Cord". They seem to last and last. They come in all sorts of lengths and don't cost an arm and a leg. I only have a couple of them because most of my cables are the $10 Fender cables. What? Why did I buy the Fender cables? Oh, that's because I was working at a music store and I could buy them cheap.
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I've got all sorts of cables. I have a couple of super cheap, really thin cables, a few of the "toaster cord" style, 2 different quality Hosa cables, and a handful of other brands and styles including the Fender cables.

I have a couple of these. $15 is pretty cheap and they seem to hold up well.
https://www.amazon.com/GLS-Audio-Gui...s=guitar+cable

I tend to use these most often. Mostly because the longer cable is in the way in my tiny "studio".
https://www.amazon.com/Hosa-GTR-210-...s=guitar+cable
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Some folks feel that buying "expensive" guitar cords (or cables) is cork sniffery. Im not one of them. Im not saying to buy THE most expensive cord you can find, but a good guitar cord (Mogami Gold, for example) might set a player back $50 or so, depending on the length. I feel that is money well spent.

I've been using Mogami and Monster cables forever, and have yet to have one fail, despite stepping on them, having them yanked out of the guitar or amp by someone that didnt see it (guilty as charged, and our bass player in NY?? Forget it. He used to wage World War III on cables ).
The Mogami Gold Im using now has been with me at LEAST 5 years, maybe more, and has performed flawlessly.

The initial test of a guitar cord is to plug it into an amp set to high gain and loud volume, and flick the outer casing. If you hear that flicking in the amp, find another cord. If you dont hear the flicking, drop it on a hard floor while plugged into the amp. If you still dont hear any noise, thats the sign of a good cable, at least performance wise.

I've done an A/B between a 'decent' $25 cable and a real high end cable (a Monster Studio Pro 1000... about 100 bucks). There absolutely is a difference in the output and frequency response between the Monster and a $20 cable. Whether thats "worth it" is up to the individual that owns the rig, and owns the wallet.

There are some areas associated with guitars that I (at least) just dont cut corners. A cable is one of them.
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