Guitarists are notoriously obsessive about their sound. We spend hours, weeks, months, possibly years searching for the elusive sound we hear in our head. We work hard, save our money, sign the credit agreement, for the latest megawatt all tube modelling digital amp. Endlessly search through magazines and the Internet looking for the perfect guitar and countless hours stomping on stomp boxes and editing patches all in pursuit of the perfect sound. After spending all this time and money looking for the perfect equipment we then go down the local music store and buy a length of bell wire to connect it all together.
Having been playing for over 25 years ive been through a few guitar cables in my time. Can anyone remember the curly cables that used to stretch so far and then twang out the front of your amp or worse still pull your amp off the chair it was on. I remember in the 80’s all cables had to be day glow yellow or vomit green. How many times have you bought a cable with a lifetime guarantee that six months later fails mid gig. Nowadays the ends are sealed so in the event of it breaking you can’t re solder the end.
This minor irritation was starting to become a major headache when, mid gig as usual, another cable bit the dust. I then did something I should have done years ago. A quick Internet search brought up a list of suppliers of quality cables and a few days later I had my shiny new cables. Guitar cables DO affect your tone. I could not believe the difference when I cranked my amp up at the next rehearsal. The sound was tighter, clearer, and much more punchier. The cables are thicker than usual and the jacks feel much sturdier.
The cables cost around £40 each which seems expensive but put this in to perspective. You spend £1000 on an amp and £1000 on a guitar so £40 to connect them together properly is not much.
So remember choose your cables carefully. Find a lead that is of suitable quality to connect your hard earned instruments together and be prepared to spend a bit more time selecting cables.
It’s all in the details.