All The Guitar Cables You've Ever Owned

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randomhandclapsrandomhandclaps Frets: 20439
edited December 2013 in Guitar

Well?  Just keep the ball a rolling.

I once had a red curly one that was quite shit and totally impractical but I still kind of miss it.

My muse is not a horse and art is not a race.
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  • ThePrettyDamnedThePrettyDamned Frets: 3726
    edited December 2013
    I used to have a white fender curly one that rolled off the highs wonderfully. I got rid when Internet hype said I'd sound better with a shorter one...

    Edit: now, I use award session cables and they're really good. Hand made, klotz cable and neutrik jacks.

    Anyone get those horrendously overpriced free the tone cables? :D
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  • Lol.

    Lots and lots.  I've got at least 20 patch cables of various lengths, colours and brands in a box somewhere, not even on my pedalboard.  You just never know (when I'll stop hoarding...).

    I've got at least 15 10-20 foot leads too.  I only need 4 for my rig but always carry 8 just in case.  All of the ones I use for gigging are marked with different colour combinations of tape so I know what is what.
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  • stonevibestonevibe Frets: 2730
    edited December 2013
    I still have the one I bought when I was 15 and it was a posh one. Cost me £20 I think.

    Gets gigged and used a lot. So I think its pretty good.

    Bought it from Electrohill in North London.
    How much does it weigh? & Does it play like butter?

    You can now read my insane guitar ramblings daily here http://www.gearnews.com
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  • I have a Planet Waves 20ft one that seems indestructible :)
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  • mike_lmike_l Frets: 5664
    I had Venom cable, but they seemed to break easily. I now have Fender, which, so far, have been indestructable.

    Ringleader of the Cambridge cartel, pedal champ and king of the dirt boxes (down to 21) 

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  • I have a Planet Waves 20ft one that seems indestructible :)

    I have killed a few Planet Waves cables.  I have wrecked at least two 'classics' and one 'custom', maybe more, I can't remember!  I'm not convinced they're any better than other cables, despite looking it.  The 20 foot classics I have left are noisier when you move around compared to the George L and Fender cables I have too, not really a major issue though.
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  • ESBlondeESBlonde Frets: 2078
    When I was a boy before nelson invented multicar insurance, I had a cheap shiny black coiled cable just like Jimi. It had the ends cut back and the jacks re-soldered so many times it ended being too short so I cut a bit and put the plugs on and used it to link the input channels of my 4 hole marshall for the next 20 years until it gave up even on that. i think it's in the bag of leads requiring attention somewhere because I didn't have the heart to throw it out after all those gigs.

    I find I either like a tone or I don't, the specifications are just interesting but nothing more.


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  • vizviz Frets: 4449
    All my cables were made by sporky and they're indestructable.
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  • axisusaxisus Frets: 9226
    I killed my favourite/most expensive one. My tele came off its strap but fortunately wasn't damaged as my soft, fleshy little toe broke its fall. Toe went black. Unfortunately the landing bust the end of the jackplug right off.

    As a kid I liked the look of the coil ones, but they were always rubbish.
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  • Don't get me started on cables!
    www.maltingsaudio.co.uk
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  • Don't get me started on cables!

    Well, I don't think anyone was going to.  But now you've mentioned it!? :)
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  • daveyhdaveyh Frets: 426
    I made a 30' cable in '92, with blue Klotz cable and Neutrik connectors, still going strong.
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  • BranshenBranshen Frets: 705
    I have a Planet Waves 20ft one that seems indestructible :)

    I have killed a few Planet Waves cables.  I have wrecked at least two 'classics' and one 'custom', maybe more, I can't remember!  I'm not convinced they're any better than other cables, despite looking it.  The 20 foot classics I have left are noisier when you move around compared to the George L and Fender cables I have too, not really a major issue though.
    If you've broken your planet waves cables, just contact them and send it back. They'll send you a new one for free.
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  • My first cable was red and curly too! Purchased in 1984 to match my Woolies Audition guitar that I had sprayed red with car paint. It worked just fine as long as you were happy to stand right next to the amp all of the time. The puny JHS practice amp that I had would be flipped over by the spring action of the cable if I dared to wander across the bedroom whilst hooked up to it. I saw it in a box in the loft at the weekend so I'm gonna have to get it down to see if it still works.It might be good for sitting near the computer with the THR10!
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 28315
    edited December 2013
    I have killed a few Planet Waves cables.  I have wrecked at least two 'classics' and one 'custom', maybe more, I can't remember!  I'm not convinced they're any better than other cables, despite looking it.  The 20 foot classics I have left are noisier when you move around compared to the George L and Fender cables I have too, not really a major issue though.
    That's not you. They're crap. They have the worst reliability of any commercially-made cable I've ever come across, far worse than cheapos. The ones with the springy bits on the plugs can wreck jacks as well.

    In my opinion they sound crap too - dull and muffled. I can't think of any cables I dislike more or which I think are more over-hyped and over-rated, except possibly for Monster.


    Years ago I had a Whirlwind with one of those muting plugs on one end, but I think it got lost or nicked, I don't actually remember but I don't have it now. Since then the only commercial ones I've had are Horizon Vintage IIs, which seem pretty reliable. I make all my own speaker and other non-instrument cables. I only bought the Horizons because a shop I worked for had a lot, and I got them cheap enough that it wasn't worth making my own.
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • Dave_McDave_Mc Frets: 1048
    edited December 2013
    ^ I thought I was imagining things because tons of people seem to like planet waves, but i bought a couple back when they were first released (marketing works, I guess :| ) and when I replaced them with van damme/award sessions i noticed a massive difference, the PWs were noisy etc. and the tone just wasn't that great. You can definjtely get way too anal and OCD about these things, and I wouldn't suggest that you need to go anywhere near audiophile prices for cables, but once I replaced the PWs it was like a blanket had been removed from my amp. At that point it was actually the thing I was missing, really.

    Also, this thread reminded me, I was thinking of making a "list all the plectrums you've owned" thread as a piss-take :))
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  • I too am happy to argue that Planet Waves are the most overrated and overhyped crap in that price bracket.

    I have a story about a cable that sound quite tragic but does seriously bug me.  When I started Uni I bought two Whirlwind Leader cables which cost me what was a fair amount of money out of my living budget at the time that resulted in a 'beans on toast for a week' trade off.  I marked them and had a piece of cord tied around each one as if you left one behind anywhere it would be gone.  I lost one in a performance session in the first couple of months which only furthered my determination to not lose the second.  Four whole years it went through including lots of big exams and 100+ gigs.  Once I finished Uni my setup got more complex and I was working in studios where I could get high quality cables really easy so I retired the Whirlwind and it hung on the wall in my home setup with a special place in my heart.  One day a 'mate' took it off the wall to borrow it.  I went to stop him and then felt like I was being a petty bastard being so attached to a lead so I let him take it for a few days.  Almost inevitably (especially knowing him) he lost it.    :((

    My muse is not a horse and art is not a race.
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  • frankusfrankus Frets: 4704
    Some guitarists give their guitars names and I think that's childish and or puerile and or imature.

    I give names to my cables.

    Chelsea is a 3m long Klotz LaGrange with neutrik jacks including a silent angled jack modded with a planet waves cable tie.
    Summer is a 3m long Klotz LaGrange with neutrik jacks including a silent angled jack modded with a planet waves cable tie.
    Martine is a 3m long Klotz LaGrange with neutrik jacks including a silent angled jack modded with a planet waves cable tie.
    Sinead is a 4m long Fender cloth finish cable.
    Naveen was a 5m whirlwind cable - sadly missed. :(
    Rachael is a 2.5 long Klotz LaGrange with neutrik jacks - one straight one angled.
    Michelle is a 0.5m long midi cable.
    Cassandra is a 3m long viper cable.
    MelB, Stacy, Tracy, Anasaia, Kim, Raquel, Gabrielle - are HiCon jack Sommer Spirit Cable on the Mini-board.
    Tulisa,Anita,Rita,Carol,Emily,Sydney,Priya,Kartika,Abigail,Wendy,Phillipa,Em,Angie,Pat and Allanis are George Ls on the posh board.
    all the rest are named after women who went missing in my area and I'm not about to make a list of their names because that'd be weird ;) :P


    A sig-nat-eur? What am I meant to use this for ffs?! Is this thing recording?
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  • I have a 6" patch lead called Janette Krankie.
    My muse is not a horse and art is not a race.
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  • fretfinderfretfinder Frets: 1766
    edited December 2013
    Whirlwind leads, some of which I've had for literally decades and which seem to be indestructible, plus some home made Van Dammes, and George L's patch cables. I used to have cheap patch cables but read the hype and had to give George L's a go... :-S 

    Not sure I can tell the difference once the drummer comes in though. :|
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  • I've always loved whirlwind cables, I don't think I've ever had one broke, mine are all lost or stolen now. I've always found Van Damme guitar cables to be crap, they're not cheap and always seem to break.
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  • keithfkeithf Frets: 217

    i got a whirlwind leader which i've used for the last 15 years or so,it still does the job with no fuss.

    Wolf5150 gave me a lead a while back which really did make a tonal difference, but i think i left it in a venue :( .

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  • Planet Waves are the only "name brand" cables I've ever had fail too....

    Total shite
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  • EdGripEdGrip Frets: 715
    When I started I got through 2 or 3 Venom cables, and then I got one from Award Session with a Neutrik silent jack which is still going strong about 8 years later. 
    If it died irreparably, I would buy another one from Award Session or any of the custom cable builders in the UK, though probably without the silent jack. My patch cables are all the 3-in-a-pack moulded-end Planet Waves ones, and they seem to do the job perfectly well.
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  • RockerRocker Frets: 2330
    When I played the local pub circuit [in the 1970s], it was a curly lead or a curly lead to connect guitar to amp.  Nothing else was available.  They had poor quality jack plugs, this was pre Neutrik days.  Replacement jack plugs were nothing to write home about either.  I 'built' a cable from an old Shure microphone cable and two replacement jack plugs.  The cable itself was screened four wire, I used two wires each for hot and return.  I soldered the screen to the return [earth] at the amp end and knotted the other end of the cable into a loop which my guitar strap threaded through.  I cannot say it sounded 'great' but it worked and never failed me.  Cheap jack plugs and all.  In those days [before we knew better??], a cable either worked or it didn't.  If it could be repaired, it was.  The possibility of cables having a 'sound' or affecting the perceived sound was only being aired in the hi-fi magazines around that time.  Japanese audiophiles were talking about the benefits of using thick stranded cables for speaker hookup.  It is only very recently that guitar players are considering the possibility that their guitar cable can affect the sound of their instrument.  It only goes to show that what goes round comes round.  Eventually.
    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Albert Einstein]

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  • dchwhitedchwhite Frets: 133
    mike_l said:
    I had Venom cable, but they seemed to break easily. I now have Fender, which, so far, have been indestructable.
    I'm a fan of the Fender cables too - the 'Custom Shop' :) badged ones are my favourite, but the Vintage Voltage are fine as well; well-priced, sturdy and they make them in tweed...
    Stonevibe: 'The best things in life aren't things'.

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  • KaBL ftw. I have a Klotz Pro Artist from guitar to pedalboard, but everything else is from Rob.
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  • frankus said:
    Some guitarists give their guitars names and I think that's childish and or puerile and or imature.

    I give names to my cables.

    Chelsea is a 3m long Klotz LaGrange with neutrik jacks including a silent angled jack modded with a planet waves cable tie.
    Summer is a 3m long Klotz LaGrange with neutrik jacks including a silent angled jack modded with a planet waves cable tie.
    Martine is a 3m long Klotz LaGrange with neutrik jacks including a silent angled jack modded with a planet waves cable tie.
    Sinead is a 4m long Fender cloth finish cable.
    Naveen was a 5m whirlwind cable - sadly missed. :(
    Rachael is a 2.5 long Klotz LaGrange with neutrik jacks - one straight one angled.
    Michelle is a 0.5m long midi cable.
    Cassandra is a 3m long viper cable.
    MelB, Stacy, Tracy, Anasaia, Kim, Raquel, Gabrielle - are HiCon jack Sommer Spirit Cable on the Mini-board.
    Tulisa,Anita,Rita,Carol,Emily,Sydney,Priya,Kartika,Abigail,Wendy,Phillipa,Em,Angie,Pat and Allanis are George Ls on the posh board.
    all the rest are named after women who went missing in my area and I'm not about to make a list of their names because that'd be weird ;) :P


    Cables have 2 male plugs...do you have a thing for transexuals or something?
    This is my rant thread, there are others like it, but this one is mine.
    Bet you're wondering if this is a flounce? Truth is I haven't decided yet.
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  • frankusfrankus Frets: 4704
    I think you're putting a little more thought into it than I was... ;)

    I don't know if I've a thing for transexuals was Jamie Lee Curtis a transexual? If so then yeah probably - I'm not likely to find out though ;)
    A sig-nat-eur? What am I meant to use this for ffs?! Is this thing recording?
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  • I like the fender Koil Kord curly lead. It might colour the tone, but for a by-the-sofa guitar and amp it means you never have to worry about getting in a tangle.
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