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Best instrument cable for bass?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by killersdude, Feb 14, 2010.

  1. Hey everyone,

    Last night at a gig, my friend and longtime companion of 4 years, 21-Foot Monster Bass Cable, received a thrashing that has left him scarred and near death. I'm not one to grieve for to long, so any suggestions as to his replacement? I'm thinking about going with another monster, simply due to how long it survived the first time, but I know that there are a ton of other quality brands available so I'd love some input, thanks!
  2. gre107


    Dec 25, 2005
    Go with another monster!
  3. mgauge


    Dec 21, 2009
    Chicago, IL
  4. 4StringTheorist

    4StringTheorist Supporting Member

    Check if you can return and replace the Monster for free. They're snake oil (a cable that's less than 1/4 the price can sound just as good) but they have a great return policy.

    As far as a replacement.. anything with decent construction quality and a low capacitance per foot. It needn't be as pricey as Monster or any other "boutique" brands.

    Some people seem to dig the stuff available at Bayou Audio.
  5. Unfortunately it was killed by a careless listener who somehow stepped on it, drug it across the floor, and managed to strip it right down to bare wire. Unfortunately I think monsters warranty only covers defects from standard use. I'll check out that website though, thanks!
    Bushrod Johnson likes this.
  6. Does anyone have experience with the Canare instrument cables?
  7. Jim C

    Jim C Spector#496:More curves than Sophia + better sound

    Nov 29, 2008
    Canare and Mogami both get very high marks on this board
    I can't tell the difference between them and find it easier to buy pre made Mogami Silver Series from MF
  8. David1234


    Jun 1, 2004
    Sydney, Australia
    Endorsing Artist: SWR Amplifiers
    I'm very happy with a Fender Platinum Pro cable. Give that a try too if, you get a chance to audition some cables.
  9. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    I personally don't find there to be any tonal difference between high end cables and the standard Horizon or Hosa cables. The only real difference to me is reliability. Personally I like the Planet Waves cables, very durable and not too pricey.
    Savage Hippie likes this.
  10. scootron

    scootron Supporting Member

    Jul 17, 2007
    Moved to Texas
    I think Butch at Bayou Audio makes a great cable. I have two of his (red and blue), and I love them both.

    I have to say, though, that any time I am playing somewhere I think might be tough on a cable, I take a Monster, just because of the warranty.
  11. kenstee


    Oct 9, 2009
    Had a really bad experience with Butch recently. Order from him at your own risk! Some people on this board said he's gotten kinda "flakey." lately. I'll confirm that. Totally non-responsive to emails about order status. Eventually had to file a dispute with PayPal to get it resolved. Anyway, have had great experience with this guy..http://acapella.harmony-central.com/showthread.php?t=2321196 who makes patch as well as instrument cables at great prices.
  12. I'm going to give the canare a shot, turns out that my brother actually puts them together for local studios all the time, so this works out perfectly. In the meantime, I've also contacted monster to verify that my cable is not covered.

    Thank you everyone!
  13. mac94


    Jun 7, 2009
    Burlington, VT
  14. I dislike Monster cables for their high capacitance (particularly the one marketed for bass guitar) and have no love for the company, but if you're going to buy a cable at a storefront, Monster probably has the best warranty. I had two Monster cables fail on me and each time they were replaced at Monster dealers I hadn't bought from with no questions asked.
  15. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    i dislike monster cables and have given away those I had. Not missing them either.
    But, for some they may just be right.:)
  16. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    my vote goes to Fender Koil kords.
  17. DJJazzV

    DJJazzV Gambling is illegal at Bushwood sir... Supporting Member

    May 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    +1 to that! I only have CoreX2 now, even for patch cables. They are pretty stiff though. They even feel like beefy bass cables. I couldn't see someone stomping on a CoreX2 causing any harm to it.
    Good luck in your search.

  18. Medford Bassman

    Medford Bassman Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2007
    Medford, Wisconsin
    I have used Bayou cables and from guitar-cable.com. great stuff
  19. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    I very much dislike monster instrument cables due to their oversize plugs. Some have found they widen the contacts to the point after awhile that regular size 1/4 plugs will no longer work with them.

    I use Livewire elite. Mogami is another excellent choice imo.
  20. I'm a dyed-in-the-wool ProCo cable guy.