need a new bass cord which one, not sure where to post this?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Tajue17, Jan 2, 2015.

  1. I wasn't sure where to ask this but can you guys recommend me the best instrument cord, I don't like wireless and want to stay with the cords incase anyone recommends a nady , I bought a few here years ago from someone who made them but forget who but looking for top quality only?? thanks T
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  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I buy what's on sale at Sam Ash. Want something higher quality? No need to pay more than $1.50 ft. IMHO. "High quality" cords are some of the biggest ripoffs in the business.
  3. Scottkarch


    Sep 11, 2012
    My local store has a couple lines they carry that have lifetime guarantees. I have a few.. I don't baby them, if one breaks I have an extra and go exchange the broken one at the store when I have free time. Nothing very expensive.
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  4. I have several "Whirlwind" cords that I have had for at least 15 years. They were pretty cheap and they all still work and only one crackles when it's moved around. I also have a few no name cheapie cords that are several years old and only one of them has crapped out on me. Cords on stage are going to get walked on , run over and tripped over and no matter what they cost , with enough abuse will crap out. I stick with the cheap ones. They will all last about the same no matter what they cost and if one of the cheapies does give it up , I'm not out a bunch of money.
    Hmmmm.... sounds like the start of "The Cheap Cord Club" Naaaaa.
  5. xk49w


    Apr 13, 2008
    Or order a custom cable from

    For example, 15 ft of Mogami W2524 cable (a quality non-microphonic cable), fitted with Neutrik NP2C connectors, $32.52. Link to this cable.

    Or the same cable fitted with Redco connectors $27.43. Link to this cable.

    With those links you can modify the length, connectors, etc. The cheapest shipping to my zip was less than $4.
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  6. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Get a Mogami if you don't mind paying for it. They use top quality wire and Neutrik plugs, and they have the same unconditional warranty as Monster. I make my own with Mogami, Canare or Belden cable and Neutrik plugs.
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  7. thoward


    Jan 2, 2015
    Neutrik connectors are what you need, ask any sound engineer, the majority of professional engineers won't use anything else.
  8. lpbfender

    lpbfender Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2012
    Stamford CT
    overpriced cables and wacky claims are a big ripoff. first, it's best to learn about what makes a good connection between your instrument and your amp input. Cable length and type of wire and connector is important. One of the guitar or bass mags reviews cable every few years or so. They will talk about capacitance and signal loss.

    What I try to do is minimize the length of cable from the output of my bass to the amp. That doesn't mean I stand one foot away from my amp, but if you have a choice between 10 feet and 20 feet cable, and all you need is 10, go for the ten feet. Also I always try to get cables made with switchcraft plugs. Never failed me. The lifetime guarantee route is a good one. I've exhacnnged failed cables - mainly Mogami with amphenol plugs twice. The minuscule differences reported in cable shoot outs are minuscule differences. And unless you are plugging into a Neve console, it would be hard to tell the difference especially with a bass versus a D'Aquisto jazz box.
  9. D.M.N.

    D.M.N. (O))))

    Oct 6, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Personal preference: Vox coiled cables. They don't knot up on everything, they keep up slack, they're heavy duty. Plus, I run a normal straight cable up the center of them when I'm using a bass with two outputs.
  10. wmhill

    wmhill Inactive

    Aug 20, 2012
    upstate NY
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    I like the DaDarriro planet waves cords. Reasonably priced, last well, and a no ******** warranty....get an RA# and mail it back. No saving receipts
  11. INTP


    Nov 28, 2003
    Dallas, TX
    Most of my instrument cables are cheap ones that I bought about 20 years ago. I cut a bad section on a couple of them and re-soldered them.
  12. beans-on-toast


    Aug 7, 2008
    Whatever you get, don't use one that is longer than you need. Too long with loops in it can induce noise. Snake your cord back and forth along the floor if it is longer. Lay it flat.
  13. bobcruz


    Mar 10, 2004
    +1. Read these threads. I use the Elixir cable that Bongomania rates as a "10" for capacitance (only two other cables got the top rating) on my passive jazz and it makes a HUGE difference in the amount of highs that get through the cable to the amp. For my active basses I still use a quality cable (Planet Waves) but it isn't as critical as when you play a passive bass.
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  14. MrBKerth

    MrBKerth The Gypsy Bravado

    Apr 20, 2013
    I've used a Mogami (I think it's the "silver" line) that was on sale on GC online about 3 years back. No knots, no kinks, no noise, no nothing. I roll it up in a loose coil like this neurotic sound engineer I met once, and never have an issue with it. YMMV, but I have killed many cables somehow just not this one.
  15. CGremlin


    Nov 1, 2014
    Palm Bay, FL
    I'd be curious to see how audio cables from Monoprice rate. I've had awesome experiences with video, network, USB, SATA, etc. cables from them, so I would think their audio stuff would be pretty good as well. They're cheap enough that even if they don't work out, you won't feel bad about tossing them.
  16. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    And it's not critical when you use a wireless, as I usually do. And since I don't like tweeters, it's not critical at all to me, though there's a difference in tone depending on the cord's capacitance for sure.
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  17. Robert B

    Robert B Somewhere under the rainbow Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2000
    Rittman, OH, USA
    I've bought really nice cables from this guy. He's been making cables for years, and he's a bassplayer to boot! Will customize length and connectors and product comes with lifetime warranty. Prices are very, very nice compared to other premium quality cables. Highly recommended! No affiliation, yada, yada, yada...
  18. paradog


    Dec 25, 2011
    Central NJ
    Wait.... we're supposed to plug this in?
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  19. beans-on-toast


    Aug 7, 2008
    Better to look good. A curly cord adds inductance which affects hight end. Not a problem for most bass players. I have a few vox curly cords. You have to get them longer.