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Monster Bass cable at 21' worth 50 bucks?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by BigBohn, Oct 13, 2001.


  1. BigBohn

    BigBohn

    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    Should I get the Monster Bass cable?? I know lots of friends that use it. I hear that it has a lifetime warranty or something, so they will send you new cables for life or something, (true?)
     
  2. MJB

    MJB

    Mar 17, 2000
    Reports I've heard is that it is really good they have a lifetime warranty because you'll use it often.

    :D

    I like Spectraflex, heard a lot of praise for George L cables as well.
     
  3. Tapp

    Tapp

    Aug 29, 2001
    USA, Mississippi
    I'm sold on GeorgeL's! I suggest getting the thicker version for instrument cable and use the thinner for pedals. Just for kicks I was practicing with some friends and suggested to my guitarist friend to compare my 18' GeorgeL with his 8' Fender cable. He was astonished as we A/B'd them and all of the band could tell the difference. It's like a blanket was lifted off the speaker when he plugged in the GeorgeL.

    Tapp
     
  4. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    I like Monster Cable. I have the 21' bass cable(I don't buy the business about specific cable for bass, keyboard or guitar, that's silly) and have not had any problems with it.

    Yes, they have a lifetime warranty. You can either take it to Guitar Center and swap it for a new one, or mail it to Monster and they will send you a new one.

    I've had probably 100 cheapo cables over the years, and everyone of them eventually failed.

    If I had bought a Monster the first time, I figure that I would have saved myself at least $1500 over 20+ years.
     
  5. Aaron

    Aaron

    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    It doesn't seem that monster cables would be much of use if you used effects/pedals. You would have to get multiple monster cables.
     
  6. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Having just done a bunch of research before I bought some speaker cables, I saw a lot of info about instrument cables.

    For instrument cable, my George L's still make a lot of technical sense and even more economic sense. Bass Player thinks very highly of them. The prices, service and construction are all first rate and George L's recently came out with some "Red" cable that is supposed to be even better.

    The Monsters are great if time is more valuable to you than money. They're just overbuilt, IMO, and part of the price you pay is for their hype. But, if you just want a no-brainer for quality, you can trust them.

    Personally, I'll find out and fuss about learning what makes a good cable and save some money. Several articles on instrument cables refer to "high end" or "those high dollar" cables as being overkill, and they're talking about Monster.

    If I was looking for instrument cable at the moment I would also seriously consider Quantums or the Carvin Steve Vai Signature that the guy at guitarnuts.com likes, if not the George L's. Here's some info on Quantums http://www.torresengineering.com/supqualnewqu.html
     
  7. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    1. Define "worth."

    2. Overbuilt cables? What's that? I make almost all of my interconnect cables for the PA, and have NEVER had a failure. Why? I "overbuild" the crap out of them. Neutrik connectors, double-shielded Belden or Canare cable, double heat-shrink covering (inside and out). I don't think you can overbuild a cable. That extra 50 percent you pay for good cables will seem like chump change the first time a cable dies in the middle of your song during a label showcase.

    3. That's all.
     
  8. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Y'know, that previous post works better if you read it out loud in Jack Webb's (Sgt. Friday's) voice.
     
  9. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Just the facts, Ma'am.:D
     
  10. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    :D
     
  11. BigBohn

    BigBohn

    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    heehee :)

    I went to Guitar center the other day and got me a 21' bass monster, its got a great sturdy feel compared to my previous Dimarzio hard fabric guitar cables. I only noticed slight improvement in them, 1 being less hum, which I would assume is due to RFI and EMI, as Monster hype it as, and 2 longer lasting harmonics. seems pretty good so far for a long cable like this. is it worth 50 bucks? well i don't see where all the money went RIGHT now, BUT i hear that Monster has a lifetime warranty of some crap and theyll swap a cable out if it breaks, so if that ever happens in the future, i know i'll feel my moneys worth when they replace it.:D
     
  12. No doubt they are great & worth the money IF you do not know how to solder.
    Canare L4 cable, .50 cents per foot
    connectors $4
    soldering iron, $5

    Build a better cable for less than $20 and it should last you a lifetime if you make it correctly, besides at that price you can easily make another.
     
  13. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    A: Tylenol instead acetaminophen........it's your money.
     
  14. Hey its true, I tried it with a couple of voices and Jack Webb sounds the best.
     
  15. BenF

    BenF

    Mar 29, 2001
    Boston area
    My six year old, heavily played Peavey cable is still going strong while BOTH the guitarists in my band have each gone through three monster cables in the last six months due to bad soldering. I wouldn't buy one, but that's just me...
     
  16. i tried it. best laugh i've had in a while. :D
     
  17. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    Great, I'm going to be doing this all day at work now.:D My co-"workers" thank you.;)
     
  18. CS

    CS

    Dec 11, 1999
    UK
    So you are mid gig and the Monster fails and you shout to the audience its ok its under warranty?

    Buy TWO George L's for the same money. If one goes you swap it for the other and after the show you repair the cable with a screwdriver and some pliers.

    PS I have not had a George L breakdown on me.
     
  19. chipmolter

    chipmolter Guest

    Aug 27, 2001
    Baltimore, MD
    Munji, did you try any other voices besides Jack Webb? I like trying a fast-paced, high-pitched voice. Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker works nicely("But Uncle Owen!! I wanted to go down to Tashi station to pick up some power converters!"). Also nice, Iron Mike Tyson, especially if you finish with the line "I will eat your children, Lenox.";)
     
  20. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    By the way, William Shatner (sp?) does NOT work, makes it unlistenable.