Best cable for Bass Guitar

Discussion in 'Accessories [BG]' started by Jasper van Pelt, Jun 17, 2019.

  1. Jasper van Pelt

    Jasper van Pelt

    Jun 1, 2019
    hi y’all, what is the absolute best pro cable for bass guitar? Some say the Evidence Lyric HG cable. What is your experience, opinion?
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  2. Burwabit

    Burwabit Likes guitars that tune good and firm feelin women Supporting Member

    Apr 4, 2011
    Lubbock, TX
    I’ve been using Mogami Platinum with good results. I’m sure others are good too. At some point there must be diminishing returns with high end cables, but I like using good ones.
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  3. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    Buy your own low-capacitance instrument wire & put on some Neutrik jacks & you're good as gold.
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  4. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

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  5. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    Forgot to add that I'd avoid any instrument cable that claims it's specifically for BASS.
    Those are infamous for having high Capacitance, which bleeds off all the highs.

    If you're going to compare instrument wire look at the Capacitance per length.
    That's a real comparison!
  6. StyleOverShow

    StyleOverShow Still Playing After All These Years Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2008
    Stay away from gimmick cables, glow in the dark, bigger head, rare metals.

    The secret is they don’t last forever. It’s the physical wear and tear perhaps, coiled most of the time, stepped on, pulled against the jack when you wander too far.

    Get a ten footer if you’re a homebody, more likely a 15-20’ although cost goes up.

    I like the right angle Fender that is covered with a vinyl weave. Looks good, works well and last me, playing 4-7 times a week about a year.

    I also pack a 20 footer with a kill switch in case I have to hot swap basses during a show.
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  7. Jasper van Pelt

    Jasper van Pelt

    Jun 1, 2019
    Awesome responding guys, thanks.
  8. farace


    Jul 9, 2016
    Connecticut USA
    I find good value in the D'Addario/Planet Waves American Stage line. I have one 10' and one 20'.
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  9. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Endorsing Artist: Eventide, GHS Strings, G&L Guitars, NS Design, Tsunami Cables
    Like many have said, get a solid quality instrument cable and you'll be fine.

    Personally, I use (and endorse) Tsunami Cables. They've taken a huge beating from all the gigs I've done over the four years I've had them and sound great. But more importantly than that, Keith (the owner) is a great guy who stands by his products.
  10. coldwater


    Jun 15, 2008
    Another vote for Tsunami cables. I just recently started using them and really like them. I'm slowly changing over all my cables to Tsunami as they also make patch cables as well as speaker cables.
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  11. Stevorebob

    Stevorebob Well... I Am Here, Aren't I? Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Best cable for bass? The one you have.
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  12. Scoops

    Scoops Why do we use base 10 when we only have 8 fingers Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2013
    Sugar Creek, Wisc

    A little over 20 years ago, I went to a guitar show where a guy was selling George L cables. Bought a 15ft'r

    Fast forward to present, I still have the same cable.
    I've used the cable for at least 1 gig a week, and countless hours of practicing since I bought it.

    The cable failed me twice, with one time during a gig. Took out my Leatherman, sniped off an end tightened the set screw, and I was back playing before the end of the song.

    Reliability, longevity, and relatively low capacitance. Kind of a no brainer
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  13. Lowend65

    Lowend65 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2006
    San Jose, CA
    I look at stress relief on the cable ends as my chief way to choose cables.
    Been really impressed with Pig Hog - SOLID construction for not a ton of money
    Instrument Cables
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  14. redstrand


    May 18, 2007
    Saint Louis, MO
    Fool For Four Strings
    That’s what I do an gladly pay a lot less to enjoy
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  15. giacomobass


    Dec 30, 2011
    I like (and use) Cordial CGK-175 cable with Neutrik connectors. Robust and reasonably priced low capacitance cable, well worth the money. Not so for more exoteric and expensive instrument cables, IMHO.
  16. Jasper van Pelt

    Jasper van Pelt

    Jun 1, 2019
    Thanks everyone, yes the ‘secret’ is Neutrik connectors what I’ve understand from some bassplayers. And fancy cables are not any better just more expensive. And what about durability?
  17. Whippet


    Aug 30, 2014
    I have been using the planet waves with the kill switch built into the plug. They work well, except some recessed jacks and specific jacks keep on popping them out.

    I have no idea why this happens. It isnt like they arent fully in the plug hole. Other than that, the ability to kill the signal at the plug is really nice. I wish more companies would do this.
  18. BucketOfFish


    Mar 17, 2014
    Audiopile Distributing - Pro Audio / EWI Cables and Cases has them. Give them a try, you must Whippet.
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2019
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  19. Bassist30


    Mar 19, 2004
    I had the Lyric HG. It went out on me at a gig after about 5 years of use. Its a very stiff cable which is the only thing I did not like about it. As far as sound it was a great cable. I have challenged people to try it (mostly Guitar Players ) at the gig and they agreed there was a difference. The evidence forte might be better as it's advertised as similar but more flexible (and more money). Lava makes a cable called soar which a bassist I know uses it and loves it. He wouldn't use anything else. I know many feel there isn't a difference and they have the right to believe it as no questions about it. On a loud gig no one has said the cable made the bass sound great. A very good friend of mine suggested a company BTPA Categories I have ordered cables here and make a very good high definition model which is strong flexible and sound as good as many upper popular brands. But I have my eye on another Evidence HG but not for gig use.
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  20. BassChuck

    BassChuck Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    Well built and flexible are my choices. Is there a difference in sound? Maybe, but I'd chalk that up to some people's hubris that their ears are better than others. I've rarely been around non-bass players that could tell a difference between J or P bass, let alone the tone affects of a cable.
    I like shorter (10') versus longer cables mostly cause I'm playing seated and not wandering about the stage. I've never had any luck with special ends, like the magnetic disconnect or on/off switches etc. Just something else to break.
    In the end, you'll need to replace whatever it is you're using. The good ones last a long time and are worth it for reliability if nothing else. But even the best cable given the best care will take a beating, stepped on rolled up tossed around, drowned in beer etc.... they do give up the ghost in time.
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