Best value in instrument cables?

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Best value in instrument cables?

Post by Eddie » Mon Aug 26, 2013 2:48 am

Hi folks. I am needing to replace some aging guitar cables and was wondering what was the best bang for the buck as far as cables go. I don't have a pile of poop ton of cash laying around and am budgeted pretty tightly lately, so I can't afford to get anything high end, but am looking for a reasonably-priced gem that has a decent track record.

Sorry for the weird rambling question and thanks in advance for any help!!!
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Re: Best value in instrument cables?

Post by bclaire » Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:40 am

No worries...

I get the Live Wire cables - they have a lifetime warranty but I always lose my receipts for them so I've never actually gone that route but I really like the cable and the value.

I kinda like to replace cables once a year....

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Re: Best value in instrument cables?

Post by guilleonline » Mon Aug 26, 2013 5:40 am

DiMarzio cables...if you can find them. I always find myself ordering them but they have been VERY good and consistent for me. They have lasted me short of a decade (one 9 yrs. the other one 11yrs.) before they gave in , and when that happened I just sent them in and got new ones from the factory. Great quality and peace of mind. I know have about 10 of their cables (counting couplers for pedals) and all of them going strong. The only store I can seem to find them in person is Samash.
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Re: Best value in instrument cables?

Post by a.hun » Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:25 am

Can you solder. Do you know anyone who can? If so just buy a length of decent cable and enough Neutrik jacks and make them up yourself.

Or if in the UK go here:
http://www.award-session.com/cleartone_cables.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


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Re: Best value in instrument cables?

Post by alanbama » Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:32 am

bclaire wrote:No worries...

I get the Live Wire cables - they have a lifetime warranty but I always lose my receipts for them so I've never actually gone that route but I really like the cable and the value.

I kinda like to replace cables once a year....


Yeah I do that! Get cables with lifetime warranties and never use them. :shock: I need to solder some ends on a few cables now. And I like the Live Wire cables also.
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Re: Best value in instrument cables?

Post by jesperbc » Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:55 am

I use DiMarzios as well. From what I can tell they are excellently made and decently priced.
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Re: Best value in instrument cables?

Post by Invin » Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:36 am

After years of trying cable after cable (Rodam, Road Hog, Fender, Planet Waves, some others), soldering them when they broke, getting replacements, buying new ones, I finally bought some Monster cables (the "rock" version) that haven't given me any troubles. The prices on them seem to vary wildly, but I got mine on Amazon for between $20-$30 for the 12-21ft lengths. So far I'm glad I broke the cycle of constantly fixing and replacing cheap cables, which just cost me more in the long run.

If you can find a good price on them, they're definitely the best value I've found. I wanted to try DiMarzios but anywhere I've found them that can ship to me they're crazy expensive, so I guess the best value will depend on what you have access to :)
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Re: Best value in instrument cables?

Post by bfitz » Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:46 am

a.hun wrote:Can you solder. Do you know anyone who can? If so just buy a length of decent cable and enough Neutrik jacks and make them up yourself.

Or if in the UK go here:
http://www.award-session.com/cleartone_cables.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


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Re: Best value in instrument cables?

Post by Jondog » Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:17 pm

a.hun wrote:Can you solder. Do you know anyone who can? If so just buy a length of decent cable and enough Neutrik jacks and make them up yourself.

Or if in the UK go here:
http://www.award-session.com/cleartone_cables.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


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+2 you can easily get a top quality cable this way.
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Re: Best value in instrument cables?

Post by OrangePaul » Mon Aug 26, 2013 2:44 pm

Have to say I've tried that van damme cable and I'm not a fan...

Soundlab cables here in the UK are surprisingly good quality for the price i've found.
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Re: Best value in instrument cables?

Post by thelatrobe33 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:24 pm

I've just finished changing out all my cables to Lava Cables and I've been very happy. I have the high end stuff and it's amazing the change in sound quality over the garbage I was using. They make something in every price range.
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Re: Best value in instrument cables?

Post by Borderline Productions » Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:32 pm

Moster cables are great, but who can afford them?

Get high quality cable through Full Compass or Sweetwater or other venders, some Neutrik jacks and solder your own. They are as good as Monster cables at a much lower cost.
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Re: Best value in instrument cables?

Post by Thinline_slim » Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:40 pm

I had been gigging with Monster Rock cables for the last decade and have had Monster cables for the last 15 years or so. I've had to exercise the lifetime warranty twice now and it was as simple as walking up to the accessories counter at a Guitar Center, making the swap and printing a GC receipt. I never had the receipt when I swapped them out either and they didn't give me any flack.

This last time I swapped a 21' Monster Rock for a LiveWire Elite(? or something) which was 18.5' since they didn't have any of the MR cables in stock. I like it. Sounds as good as the Monster I'd say.
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Re: Best value in instrument cables?

Post by Surgeon » Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:52 pm

I buy bulk Mogami cable and Amphenol connectors. Solder them myself at whatever length I desire.
Add some colored techflex sleeving to ensure that noone ever confuses my cables with theirs and voilà!
I've reheased with them, gigged with them,e tc... never had a single problem. I can go as nuts with solder as I want to ensure they're solid and really crimp the cable ties. They'll last forever I'm afraid.

Best cables ever for quite cheap.

I order my stuff from Redco.com. Fast shipping, great prices.

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Re: Best value in instrument cables?

Post by Invin » Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:09 pm

Borderline Productions wrote:Moster cables are great, but who can afford them?
I can't stress enough how much the price varies on them. I've seen the same cable as high as $90 or as low as $20. I used to think they were some unattainable crazy expensive thing, then I got those ones on Amazon for the same price as I had been paying for "regular" cables.
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