Best Guitar Cable ?

Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by Andrew Paul, Jan 24, 2020.

  1. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    Thanks @LSchefman ! Indeed, that was exactly the type of analysis I hope for from you. And I agree with all of it - well, the bits that I have experience with or have a theoretical understanding - I cannot agree nor disagree with your observations of hoopy stiffness that you noted in the follow-up post, but I am certainly amused at the visual in my head! :D

    I should pick up a couple of the PRS cables, perhaps at Experience where I can touch and feel them. I use wireless for practice/gigging, and when recording I'm not as concerned, usually running 10 ft cables max, but it might be nice to get a couple for recording anyway, to see if it "ups my game". Or maybe I'll be like "ooh, these cables are all ice-picky, I need my high capacitance Guitar Center specials for smooth tonez!"

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  2. RickP

    RickP Established 1960, Still Not Dead

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    I had a Deluxe Reverb RI amp stripped out and hand-wired by George Alessandro, which breathed some serious life into an amp that was only decent sounding prior. I was very impressed. Of course, George builds amps for the likes of David Gilmour, so I knew it would be an improvement but was surprised at how immediately noticeable it was.

    While toodling around his site, I noticed he also had guitar cables. They start at the more basic cables and go up to a pro level, silver/Teflon version that cost $1999.95 for a single 20 foot cable. Listen, I loved the work he did on my amp. I’d buy one of his amps in a flash. But that cable just isn’t going to happen!

    Buuuuut... if you want the ultimate, there you go. That $80 PRS silent cable is suddenly looking a lot more affordable!
     
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  3. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    $2000.00 guitar cables... OK
    I'll never tell someone what to spend their money on, cuz it's none of my beeswax.
    I can understand a very high end cable that is a very specifically known quantity/result in a recording situation. But in my situation of gigging a small room or practicing at home I can't see the benefit.
    That being said, I'm old and my ears are likely too hooped to hear the difference anyway.:p
    I'm happy with my G10 wireless at the studio, and one at home. They both sound exactly the same all the time.
     
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  4. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    In my studio setup, there’s the cable from guitar to pedalboard, ten or so pedal interconnects, a 15 foot cable from pedalboard to amp switcher, and cables to each of four amps from the switcher, varying in length from 10-25 additional feet. The cables need to lay flat. They need to not pick up noise from amp power c

    When you’re driving these kinds of unbalanced cable lengths, and have to route cables around a room, the capacitance can really mess with high frequencies. So I pay attention to these details as best I can.
     
  5. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    Yeah.
    My electrical engineering degree says no.
     
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  6. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    That my G10s sound the same, or that a $2000 cable makes a diff?
     
  7. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    sorry: $2000 cable

    I don’t doubt that your G10 is perfect for your situation.
     
  8. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Gotcha... your eng degree trumps my hooped ears any day of the week.
     
  9. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    [​IMG]

    ;)
     
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  10. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Hooped ears... In case you're wondering...

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  11. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Mmm that’s a tunnel of love alright!:confused:
     
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  12. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    What do you use with you Silver Sky? I seem to remember my G10 not fitting in the jack? It definitely did fit in my Clapton Strat or Ibanez Jiva
     
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  13. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Interesting... G10 in Silver Sky no sweat. Don't see that there could be a diff on the guitars, so must be an issue with the G10. But I thought they were all the same.:confused:
     
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  14. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    I must be mis remembering. I haven’t had the SS for well over a year.
     
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  15. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    I just grabbed the SS and tried it out. No problem at all. Here's some crappy pics...

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    Working from home rocks!:D
     
  16. tiboy

    tiboy New Member

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    My English Lit/Poly Sci. degree AND wallet also say no.
     
  17. Bill SAS 513

    Bill SAS 513 Just another old guy in a T-shirt

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    I have a little of each...Mogami, PRS van damme (especially lots of their pedal patch cables), and still have some top o' the Line CBIs that do very well.
     
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  18. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Same with my first degree... which is a burn.:p
     
  19. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Wireless rigs have some wonderful advantages over cables, and some small disadvantages.

    The advantages are negligible signal loss due to capacitance, and the ability to shape your tone a bit with some systems.

    The disadvantages with digital systems are the level of A/D conversion and analog circuit quality - some are great, some not so great - or in the case of fully analog systems, the necessity of using companders to compress the signal one one end and expand it on the other means you have to go pretty high end to not have tone suck.

    Personally, I think a good wireless system is awesome, but for me in the studio it winds up being, in essence, a $1000 cable. I can get a great sounding cable for $100-ish.

    The less expensive wireless systems are great for live use, of course.
     
  20. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    The G10 is about $250 CAD or so. Not stumbling around on stage is mostly the killer app. Recording not so much for sure.
     

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