Spectraflex Original Series Right Angle Instrument Cable, 14 Foot, Tweed
- 20 AWG Ultra Pure Copper Center Conductor
- 100% Copper and Conductive Polymer Shield Coverage
- Low 39 pf/ft. Capacitance
- Rugged, High Performance Connectors
- Made in the USA-Lifetime Warranty
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Still, I prefer the thicker brother of this cable, the SpectraFlex Fatso version Spectraflex Fatso Flex Right Angle Instrument Cable, 10 Foot, Tweed. I also own that one and prefer the way it handles.
Your choice of cable can make a big difference in your tone. After more than 40 years as a serious guitarist, my advice is do not skimp on cables. Avoid buying those cheap ones. That goes for guitar cables, speaker cables and microphone cables. The investment in good ones yields dividends not just in tone and low noise, but also in reliability over time. Cheap cables fail much sooner, so you have to factor in the cost of frequent replacement, not to mention the hassle or embarrassment of dealing with a malfunction. In my experience, Spectraflex cables hit the sweet spot where price and quality intersect.
Shielding is not so much an issue with guitar cords as microphonics and cable capacitance. Using the wrong cable with a high-impedance guitar amp will cause your trebles to get muddy, and as you move around, the cable will act like a microphone, amplifying every slink and slap against the stage through your speakers.
Any two pieces of metal (such as the two wires inside a cord) will act as a capacitor. The tone control on a guitar is just a capacitor wired in series with a volume pot. If your guitar cord is a good capacitor, you'll find that turning down the volume on your guitar just murders your highs. This cord is well-made, from an electrical standpoint, and even on a cheap guitar like my Squier, holds on to the highs as you lower the instrument volume.
At the high impedances found on (especially cheaper and older) guitars, cables also act like electret microphones as the conductors rattle around inside the shield. The conductive vinyl cladding indeed does bleed off extra charge that accumulates inside the shield (tribocharging), and minimizes mechanical noise.
Fancier, more expensive cables from Monster and Mogami are no more advanced in their design than this, and while I'm sure they perform measurably better (as they claim to), there is an important difference between "measurable" and "audible." You want some money left over to buy strings and beer. I'm not convinced that a $75 cable sounds two or three times as good as this.
I've observed, as have other reviewers, that the cord tangles and snags easily, but it also looks cool, and I'm willing to give it a little slack for being fashionable. But beware if you have cats: not only does a fabric-clad cord feel especially tempting to tiny claws, it's also more difficult to clean than rubber, should you leave it coiled on the floor and should a hairball be ejected onto it. Again, it looks and sounds good, so I'm still happy with it.
I've had this cable for a little over two years now and it's still working great. No problems at all. I must say that I plug and unplug this cable only a few times a month. It mainly stays connected to my amp and pedalboard at home so it's only seen light movement, but wanted to provide an update after two years of use that it's still going strong! I will no question purchase another if the need arises.
-Original Review 9/11/14-
This cable feels really well put together like it will last for a long time if taken care of. It doesn't color my tone at all which was my biggest concern as I've had that problem with other instrument cables. I'll be purchasing more as the need arises!
Long story short -- I had some money left on a gift card from Christmas and I figured I would buy a 6 ft cable and check it out. Well, like most of the reviewers I LOVE THIS CABLE! It sounds great, it is flexible and coils easily. The ends are solid and the sleeve and cable weave are pretty good looking too.
Now I need to decide if I buy a 10ft or 14ft companion? And what color should I get?
Bottom line -- AMERICAN MADE, guaranteed for life and a very reasonable price for a cord that I will use most every day from now on.