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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by tiritos, Dec 3, 2013.
Hi!! Could you recommend me a
good wire to conect the bass?
Lots of discussion on cables if you do a search. The short answer is:
a cable with relatively low capacitance (most all quality cables meet this criteria)
a cable with a solid warranty
a cable with good connectors (i.e. Switchcraft, Neutrik, or G&H)
Not Monster Cable
a cable less than 20 feet if you play passive instruments. Any longer and the capacitance of the cable will start to affect high frequency response. This is not an issue with active instruments.
Your local music store should have a few choices that are reasonably priced. If not, here are some links to good cables:
tour grade stuff (lifetime warranty): http://www.thedivinenoise.com/divine-noise-straight-cable.html
industry standard Mogami: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/mogami-gold-instrument-cable-angled-straight
best value for money (lifetime warranty): http://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/dimarzio-instrument-cable
best bargain cable (3 year warranty): http://audiopile.net/products/Mic_Instr_Cables/GBND/GBND_CABLE_SELECT.shtml
And as a final footnote: don't obsess too much over cables. Trust your ears, don't spend too much, and get back to playing.
I make my own Mogami cables with Neutrik plugs. Fifty bucks for a ten-footer is a little dear for the store-bought ones. Even buying the parts at retail, I can make that same cable for well under $20. The store-bought ones have the same lifetime warranty as Monster, so I'm going to say Mogami.
Bottom line, buy a reputable brand and you'll be OK. GC's Live Wire cables are halfway decent. ProCo's good too. I don't like the molded plugs on Planet Waves. You can't repair them (unless you cut the cable and install proper Neutrik or Switchcraft plugs).
I swear to god I saw this thread a few days ago with the same exact post munjibunga posted here!
+1 on making your own. Not very hard at all, and if anything does go wrong, it's an easy fix.
The most expensive one you can afford.
+1 on avoiding molded connectors. With a repairable solderable connector, a good cable (if not abused) will last until the insulation starts to crack from age: many MANY years. You may have to do a little soldering a few times in that period, but that will cost you virtually nothing.
Along with them not being repairable, I've had poor luck with molded connectors failing way before (Switchcraft/Neutrik) repairable connections, and with molded, at first fail, they're junk.
I have been playing planet waves circuit breakers for a long time now. I know a lot of guys not like them because their security ring is ripping their jacks out (not in my case). They make instrument changes really easy or I can just cut my signal off and stay quiet if need be.
Personally after 8 years of almost 100 gigs both indoors and outdoors in 5 different countries, my cables are just fine. I recently replaced my main instrument cable but it was only because I needed a longer one since I played a rather big stage.
I also use regular planet waves cables for all of my pedals and a regular non-circuit breaker cable between my amp and my pedals.
I mentioned my Bullum cables in the other thread.
I've had my Whirlwind cable for about 6 years now and it hasn't died on me.
As a general rule stiffer cables tend to have better shielding. They can also tend to have more capacitance.
More supple cables tend to have less shielding, but may have less capacitance.
My big selling point is the ends. If the manufacturer calls out which ends they use by name, it's gonna be a good cable.
The best cable is a wireless system.
Price is not a good indicator of cable quality.
Interesting that you mention not a Monster cable. I have Monster cables exclusively. They seem very durable/great sound quality etc…but they just don’t un-roll and stay unrolled. They seem to want to coil back up and not lay flat. I take care of my cables and roll them up improperly. This happens to all of them and seems inherent in how they are made. Thinking bout getting rid of them to tell the truth. Anyone else have this same issue and/or recommend a high quality cable that does not have this issue?
Thanks in advance.
On balance, I like the Vovox sonorus.
I also like the Reqst cable I recently got.
Sometimes I use an analysis plus pro oval studio or a vanden hul, the second or integration hybrid.
I have a few Whirlwind cables that are at least 15 years old and still going strong.
Well, there is your problem...
Opps typo...meant I don't roll themup improperly.
Mogami--I don't make my own lunch much less my own cable.
My monster bass cable has yet to let me down in 8 years.
Can someone tell me why Monster Cables are thought to be a poor choice? Seems like a number of people think that they are not very good. Is there a real reason?