Passive Bass Cord Length


Jul 17, 2017
Passive Bass Cord Length
  • I was wondering how much cabling I can have from my (passive) Fender Jazz Bass to my amp in a live setting without noticeable tone-suckage.
    My current Setup including my pedal board and everything ends up being about 35 feet of cable (bass to board, through the board, and out to my amp). I know that the tone of my bass will start to degrade if there is too much since it's passive, but how much would be noticeable? I'm hoping to be able to use this Setup at an upcoming show with my band.
    Any advice would be appreciated.

    Here's a nice resource to go to:
    http://procosound.com/download/whitepapers/Understanding Instrument Cables.pdf

    [note:] Why is this a wiki page? Shouldn't this just be a new discussion topic?

    The best rational answer IMHO is to play with the absolute shortest possible cable that doesn't restrict your movement (where your movement is within reason, i.e., somewhere in the range of 10-20 feet from the amp).
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