White Coily Cable of Destruction

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  1. IamKrisJones

    IamKrisJones Member

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    Ok now that we all have Gearmandude's voice in our head. What is your experience with coil cables? I've always wanted one and actually got one a while back from Fender but it only lasted 6mo. before it died. Any brand suggestions?
    Thanks TGP!
     
  2. Blix

    Blix Supporting Member

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    My experience with coily cables is that they suck, both in use and in tone. :)

    Getting one long enough to be comfortable in use, you're stuck with lots of treble-eating capacitance, no thanks!
     
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    That's the point...:)
     
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    Have a blue lava cable one, had it for 2 years so far and zero problems. Love the thing.
     
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    Not a fan of coily cables - the variable-length characteristic that the coily stuff brings results in a light tug, which bugs me. And if it isn't tugging, it is slack, so I may as well have a normal cable.

    Nonetheless, if I wanted a coily cable, I'd look to the same well-known brands of normal cables. Lava, GLS, etc. Hmm, looking on Amazon, Lava seems to have a bunch in funky retro colors, too... :cool:

    Still don't want one. :hide2
     
  6. MadFrank

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    The Lava coils are my cable of choice. There is a certain tone it has that I have become accustomed to. YMMV.
     
  7. wingwalker

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    I have a lava coil I've had for several years now, done a ton of gigs with and have never had a single issue.

    I love it!!!


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    I've been using the lava coil for years and it's awesome. Very reliable, the coils don't get in the way or stay bunched up or get tangled ever. Sound quality is great.
     
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    I have a couple of the Vox ones. Seem study, sound pretty good, and are affordable. The right angle end is molded plastic, though, so not easy to repair if it ever fails.
     
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    I love the look of coily cables and have some old Bullet Cable coilies that I run after the pedal board. I only use them after the board because they are too heavy and always pull against the geetar. I'd really like to try the Divine Noise 50/50 that are half straight and half coily so you don't have the extra pull on your machine.
     
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    coily cables suck...look like old telephone cords
     
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    I have a Bullet white coily cable. After about a year of moderate use it stopped working. The cable was $60 new. I liked the cable when it worked.
     
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    Give the Blue Split demon Coil/Straight a run. Nothing bests it as you get the best of both worlds. Long runs, versatility and no issues.
     
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    Is the idea really intentional tone suck?

    Aside from them looking cool.
     
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    I'd think this is exactly the case. Coiled makes a cable longer without making it longer. The cable is a capacitor and the longer the cable, the higher value capacitor you have.

    Alternatively, if you want that sound, use a rotary switch and a few caps to change your 'cable length.' Or, just turn down the tone knob a bit.

    A buffer is not a "cure all" if it comes after the cable. Some highs are already gone.
     
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    I have a Fender coil cord. So far no problems. I'm a home player and I like that they don't get tangled up. Lots of straight cords too.
     
  20. duderanimous

    duderanimous Monsterpiece Fuzz - Fuzz Master Extraordinaire Silver Supporting Member

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    really really like the Bullet coily I have been using for at least 3 or 4 years now. Wish they were still around making cables.
     

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