So who makes the best sounding guitar cables?

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  1. Rod

    Rod Tone is Paramount Silver Supporting Member

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    I've read so much info on this subject.... Mogami, Lava, ???monster???
    So who makes the best sounding guitar cables for reasonable prices out there? Under $100 per cable...and why? Gold ends? Nickel ends? Braided strand, good copper.
     
  2. GT100

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    Under a $100.
    Not sure but I do like the Mogami Platinum.
    One thing I am sure about -no matter what the price do not get anything made by Monster. Absolute crap at any price.

    Oh, and gold ends don't do jack.

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    I believe after a certain level it doesn't really matter but, I buy Lava cables because they're made in USA by veterans.

    RRC
     
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    I like Divine Noise. Sound great, awesome warranty, and they look like you (or at least I) want a guitar cable to look.
     
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    Death Valley Cable for around $35. No high or low cut, just unaffected signal.
     
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  6. Coda11

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    The best cable is Sommer LLX. So anything made with this cable.
    Shootoot UK makes a really good one with it: http://www.shootoutguitarcables.com/range/black-powder/three-metre.html (black powder)

    Anyway, the only thing that matters for a good cable is capacitance per meter (ask for it!), resistance and flexibility of the cable.
    I made a post on my blog about guitar cables:
    http://www.coda-effects.com/2015/04/all-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about.html

    Did you know that you did not need gold plated jacks?
    For me, the best is to make it yourself. It is really easy.
     
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    http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?t=361787

    There is an old thread about coat hangers and cables. It was a good read.

    I think it is more about the functionality and if the cable works well for you. Pancake jack patch cables save space so they work for me. A good braided cover on the cable to instrument stops tangle and also works for me.
     
  8. DaveKS

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    Totally happy with my Armor Gold and it was way less than $100.


    Never tried one but Asterope came up in another thread if you really wanna push that $100 price. Directional cables to so full of all kinds of voodoo.

    http://www.asterope.com/musical-instruments/
     
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    This^
    Great article Coda11. The best are the ones you make yourself.
     
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    Planet Waves American Stage. Best $15 I've spent on a cable.
     
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    +1 for Divine Noise. I love how their cables are extra thick. And I don't need to baby them since the warranty is so great.
     
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    When it comes to which cable is the "Best", what is meant by "Best"?!
    If you play a tele or some other guitar with a thinner voicing you "may" want some treble rolloff, in which case a really low cap cable will not help your tone.

    What is best depends on you, and your gear. There is no blanket "best" that is best for everyone as a group.
     
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    Well, I would not recommend using a guitar cable to have a treble roll off. Sometimes, you want that extra trebles...
    You have a tone control to roll off trebles, so why using cables that will make you loose them forever?

    Thank you.
    I could not agree more with you.
    Making cables is really, really easy... And saves you a lot of money too!
     
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    Because I just like em that way.

    It's a different roll off response and it matters to me because -unexplainable reasons-
     
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    Nice pun!
     
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    I like the Lava stuff. I think even their lowest model (Blue Devil?) is great. But as with all cables, I see appoint of diminishing return. The more expensive the model, the less difference I can actually hear so I keep it down on the low end $ wise of the high end providers.
     
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    I've had a 12' and a 20' Monster cable for 15 to 20 years. Several years ago I went on a search to see what difference if any the high dollar cables made. I spent about $500 on 2 cables made by Van Den Hul, after being convinced by all of the high praise and hype. I can say that there definitely was a difference, but not the kind of difference that I was seeking. The cables added a midrangey darkness to my signal that I could just not live with. I then tried a mid-priced Lava which I ended up keeping and still use today. With that said, I also continue to use the Monster cables as well, and I cannot discern any difference in sound quality when comparing them to the Lava. I'm not necessarily promoting Monster or Lava, I'm just saying that the Monsters have been to hundreds of gigs and practices and continue to provide a good, clean signal. However, Monster cables made today may differ from mine, which are older.
     
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  18. Rod

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    Well, best would mean to many of us, transparent, no noise, no high end loss
     
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    Now we are talking, the cable doesn't impart any tone, it just may filter some freqs you would prefer were untouched. I like LAVA Blue Demons and Gepco XB20UB, evidence reveal, these have low cap and can be bought already assembled (like the LAVA and Evidence) or roll my own--Gepco and/or evidence with GLS ends. I just select low cap and flexible wire and roll my own usually, saves money time and headaches.
     
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    I like planet waves a bunch, but when I got the few extra dollars I definitely dig the Mogami's!!!
     
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