Wanting a good, but cheap coiled cable?

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  1. buddastrat

    buddastrat Member

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    Can anyone recommend one? No boutique things, just something other than the Radio Shack, molded end ones I found.
     
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    My friend found a Vox one on eBay, it's been great so far. it's red too.
     
  3. Clapton is God

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    I have the Vox as well; great cable. I got mine in white. Only $30-$35, I think.
     
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    Ditto on the Vox coiled cord. Mine's silver and sounds like a standard cable.

    One thing that bothers me is that the uncoiled parts at both ends aren't long enough. I tuck the cord in the space between the guitar strap and body over the lower strap button as an accidential unplug safeguard. The short uncoiled length next to the plug is too short to do this with my Gretsches and Fenders .
     
  5. phantasm

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    I had a VOX - crapped out after a week of gentle use.
    POO!
     
  6. buddastrat

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    Vox ends don't look real durable to me, but none of the coiled ones do. They don't have any reinforcement. I'm pretty rough on cables. They get rolled over with my chair in the office with limited space. I wanted a coiled one because I think it'd stay out of the way more when I'm moving around a lot.
     
  7. fullerplast

    fullerplast Senior Member

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    Fender is actually selling what appears to be a reasonable cheap coil cord (I'm sure it's an Asian import). I picked one up at a Best Buy of all places, and while certainly not boutique quality, it has a unique tone and seems durable enough for the low price. You could certainly swap out plugs if you were inclined to make them more durable.
     
  8. buddastrat

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    Fullerplast, what do you mean "unique" tone? I usually like Fender's cheap cables, but I don't want anything that accentuates certain frequencies or anything. I read that coiled cables will reduce some high end. That wouldn't be so bad I guess.

    Is the Fender noisy as it moves around on the ground when the amp's cranked?
     
  9. fullerplast

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    By unique tone, it's a rolled off, slightly less middy/thick tone, relative to something like a Vovox, VDH or EA. It tames a strat bridge pickup nicely.

    No, it's not a microphonically noisy cable.
     
  10. oldschoolguy

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    I have, I think, what are called "California Coils". I use it between my last effect and the amp. Actually, just for looks as that was what i thought a cable should look like when I first started playing and it was the first one I bought.
     
  11. bluesjuke

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    Most of mine are the cords that come with the Fender guitars.
    Work well for me.
    The only other I use is the one from my guitar, a tweed DiMarzio.

    I gave up on coiled cords in the late 60's.
    They always develop problems sooner or later.
     
  12. buddastrat

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    Yeah, I like those black Fender cables too bluesjuke. They sound warm and thick compared to my Gibson cables which sound thin and are microphonic.
     
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    I have three Gibson cables from my Historics that are in a closet and that's where they will stay at least until if one of the guitars I got them with gets sold.
    Talk about noise!
     
  14. re-animator

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    I've heard lots of good things about bullet's coiled cable.
     
  15. fullerplast

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    Here ya go, an "official" GP review. It looks like Fender has two types available, but based on this review I'm not sure the more expensive one is the best choice.... koil kord review
     
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    as a died-in-the-wool wireless guy, I feel 'left out!' :(

    Especially playing a couple of '69 strats!

    dave
     
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    I also have the Bullet original coil cord, with the gold shell ends. While this is better quality than say the Vox, it's heavy as a mother. If you have a neck heavy guitar/bass, this may be your solution, however it's just too much for normal use.
     
  19. jeffwith1f

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    cobra
    don't know if they make them anymore
    good quality though
     

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