Guitar cable quality
Posted 13 February 2012 - 04:33 PM
Today in a guitar shop they were trying out guitars and i noticed the cable was very thick with good quality metal plugs on the end.
Would i notice any difference to the quality of sound produced through my little 2 watt amp if used a better cable?
Posted 13 February 2012 - 05:54 PM
In my limited experience high quality expensive cables are used in recording production etc. where they need to get every little bit of signal to get the highest quality recording possible. In my area they call them "Monster Cables". The only thing monster about them is their price.
For guys like me it is wasted money. I wouldn't hear the difference at all. All my cables look like limp black wet noodles, all cost under $10 and serve me just fine.
I do pay attention to the quality of the plugs. Even in the less expensive category there are some variations that do make a big difference. Some fit, some don't very well and you get static and noise from them. I usually try them in a guitar at the store to check for a solid fit.
Just my 2 cents, when adjusted for inflation works out to about .9875 cents.
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Posted 13 February 2012 - 06:31 PM
Anyway the cheapy cable i bought off ebay seems to be fine.I just thought when i seen these more expensive cables in the shop i thought mine must be crap.
I am not a good guitarist and my guitar is just a cheap begginers guitar anyway.I think you are probably right i wouldnt notice the diffence.
Posted 13 February 2012 - 07:09 PM
Good quality guitar cables also make a difference. No need to pay $150 per metre for a cable but if you pay $20-$30 you may get something much better with a lifetime warranty against defects.
Posted 14 February 2012 - 03:33 AM
Posted 14 February 2012 - 03:41 AM
If you want good quality sound then buy a quality guitar with reasonable pickups. But if you feed that quality to your amp through a rubbish cable you'll be lowering the quality back to cheap. I believe your gear should be good enough that the sound you hear, complete with the bad bits, is all your own work. If you have to wonder about the quality of any of your gear, then it's not good enough.
Posted 14 February 2012 - 07:10 AM
I agree with you though there is no point in having good quality gear and using a crap cable.
Posted 14 February 2012 - 01:21 PM
I'm using Monster cables right now and they seem good and sturdy. Gasbag is right about one thing, they have a monster price. My philosophy when buying anything whether it is a guitar, amps, cables, strings, etc. is to buy the best that I can afford. The more expensive cables cost more because they will have better ground shielding. Nothing worse than shaking a cable and hearing all the static or worse yet hearing a dreadful buzz. Buy the best you can afford and your equipment will serve you well.
Posted 14 February 2012 - 07:48 PM
Resistance, wikipedia says this perfectly, "An object of uniform cross section has a resistance proportional to its resistivity and length and inversely proportional to its cross-sectional area. All materials show some resistance, except for superconductors, which have a resistance of zero."
Which also explains why monster cables work better, if they use a larger diameter copper wire inside. That's todays technical thought, now where's that guitar?!
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Posted 15 February 2012 - 12:29 AM
Some people hear differences in the most subtle of things and others can't tell the difference between one guitar and the next (sometimes one songs and the next!)
Posted 15 February 2012 - 07:35 AM
What i will do is when i upgrade my guitar i will
also upgrade the cable.Thanks everyone for
Posted 16 February 2012 - 03:41 PM
I would recommend a Roadhog cable. Mine works fantastic, I've banged it up a bit but it still works fantastically. It only cost somewhere around 15-20 dollars. It'll sound good through a 2 watt amp or a 100 watt amp. Although, if you upgrade your guitar/cable, I would upgrade your amp too. Buy a small Marshall or Fender.
Posted 16 February 2012 - 04:37 PM
A Roland Micro Cube amp would be comparable to a small Marshall or Fender amp of equivalent money in terms of output and tonal quality.
Posted 16 February 2012 - 06:05 PM
Posted 16 February 2012 - 10:18 PM
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Posted 17 February 2012 - 04:27 PM
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