Is there such thing as a good quality $20 15 ft guitar cable?

pipedwho

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For general use, get the Mogami. Reasons:

1. Quality cable that is durable, properly shielded, not too stiff and sounds good.

2. Quality connectors that will make a good positive contact, hold the cable properly, don't stress the cable jacket at a single point, and can be stomped on.

The GLs are OK, but I worry about those connectors on anything but a pedal board. Pro Co is acceptable, but they are standard run-of-mill average quality cable. The Mogami is great, and we're not talking about paying hundreds of dollars for some intangible or subjective benefit.

So for only an extra couple of bucks, why not get something good? You are paying those few extra dollars for extra quality, not for an overhyped brand name, or to subsidise a huge marketing budget.
 

Lucidology

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For my tastes, the Mogami's really darken up my sound..
So much so, that I do not find them useful ...
Which means they would probably work great for folk with an really bright setup ...

The George L's add a touch of high end & clarity to one's sound ..
Which again, might not be so good for those with a bright sound ...
 

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I like the mogami/neutrik cables out of those three. I made similar ones for friends a while back and they all loved it (and preferred it over the canares in a blind taste test). I don't know who the seller is, or how good the build quality will be, but IMHO the components are winners in that price bracket.
 

Stratman76

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DiMarzio look like the best value to me...


http://www.musiciansfriend.com/prod...able?sku=332100&src=3WFRWXX&CAWELAID=26022851

and here's a slightly pricier version that seems nearly identical...

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/DiMarzio-Instrument-Cable?sku=332200


AND now they offer these...

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/DiMarzio-Pedal-Coupler-Cable?sku=332101


DiMarzio are 100% shielded and actually advertise their capacitance per 18' (620pf = low). I've heard and read great things about these cables (my next set)

Just once, I would like to see the results of a blind AB test between these DiMarzio's, Lava ELC, Mogami Gold, Sommer Stratos and Vovox. I have Mogami Golds now and they're OK. Through more conventional channels they seem a bit pricy for what is delivered
 

orogeny

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I use Dimarzio cables for guitar and board. I am very happy. They do make a positive difference. . . . for me. . .
 

lv

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DiMarzio look like the best value to me...


http://www.musiciansfriend.com/prod...able?sku=332100&src=3WFRWXX&CAWELAID=26022851

and here's a slightly pricier version that seems nearly identical...

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/DiMarzio-Instrument-Cable?sku=332200


AND now they offer these...

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/DiMarzio-Pedal-Coupler-Cable?sku=332101


DiMarzio are 100% shielded and actually advertise their capacitance per 18' (620pf = low). I've heard and read great things about these cables (my next set)

Just once, I would like to see the results of a blind AB test between these DiMarzio's, Lava ELC, Mogami Gold, Sommer Stratos and Vovox. I have Mogami Golds now and they're OK. Through more conventional channels they seem a bit pricy for what is delivered

The DiMarzio's are great cables that are also reasonably priced. More $'s spent doesnt always equal better tone - I like the Vovox, but when I had my Cowtipper, the GL's worked better.
 

wjrhee

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does anybody know about the reliability of george l's? because they aren't soldered, i was always a little curious of whether they were as reliable as the other cables.
 

progholio

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Yes, and here it is

http://www.zzounds.com/item--PRCSK

Guitar Player did a cable shootout many years ago and rated ProCo as one of the best without signal coloration. With this one you get 5 extra feet plus the little widget on the barrel that allows you to unplug and change guitars without hum and pops. I have gigged extensively with the same cable for over 10 years, i also bought a spare and haven't opened it yet.
Monster Shcmonster.
 

plan-x

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does anybody know about the reliability of george l's? because they aren't soldered, i was always a little curious of whether they were as reliable as the other cables.
Bingo! I had to re-do them so much that I gave up and just started soldering my own cables from Best-Tronics. Now I have very reliable cables. And their specs are good enough for my ear. For pedals, I would use a little thinnner cable because there top o line stuff is mucho thick and hard to bend in a tight space. Making your own cable is strangely satisfying.:drool Won't go back
 

progholio

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does anybody know about the reliability of george l's? because they aren't soldered, i was always a little curious of whether they were as reliable as the other cables.

Reliable enough. If you a using them on a fixed pedalboard and handle it with loving care they're great. If you plug/unplug a lot or travel long distance with the assistance of baggage handlers proceed with caution. It is an easy enough fix to clip a bum connection and re-fasten. Small price to pay for streamlined custom cables that sound good.
 

TimH

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does anybody know about the reliability of george l's? because they aren't soldered, i was always a little curious of whether they were as reliable as the other cables.

My store bought George L's cables (2x 15') have been going strong for 3 years now.
 

KBN

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I play Quantum cables and think they are one of the better cables I have played. Granted, I haven't played $100 cables, but I have played some good ones. Not a fan of Planet Waves, Mogami, Monster, or Fulltone. The ones I have liked the best are Quantum and Dimarzio. I don't like the jacket material on the Dimarzio though. Quantum doesn't seem to have a website... Here is a place that carries them online though. http://www.proaudiosolutions.com/category_s/338.htm
 

61Ephramite

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Whirlwind Leader 18.5 ft cable is $17.95 where I shop. Limited Lifetime Warranty, high quality cable and ends AND made in USA. I've used them for years and never had one fail.
 




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