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jonah65
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guitar cables

Post by jonah65 » Sat Aug 17, 2013 10:53 am

i stood on my nice tweed cable a couple of weeks back just as i was standing up, this pulled the inner core off the connection in the jack plug.
i put it to one side and started using an old standard rubbery type cable.
i got around to repairing the tweed cable today and plugged it in, the sound from the amp was totally different, more bassy and dead sounding, so i reconnected the other cable, back to nice crisp lively sounds.
checking the cables with a multimeter, the good sounding cable had a resistance of over 10 megohms between centre and ground, whereas the tweed was only about 28k ohms.
i will check tomorrow to see if it's the cable or the plugs, by taking the cables apart again, bet it's the plugs.
worth checking your own, it makes a hell of a difference.

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Post by ampmaker » Sat Aug 17, 2013 12:50 pm

That low? 28kOhms would really load your pickups. Are you sure it's not the cable's capacitance that your meter is reading and displaying as a sort-of-resistance?

For sure, old cables - especially long ones - had significant capacitance per metre and this acts as a treble cut. Some people like this. :)

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Post by jonah65 » Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:09 am

hi ampmaker, yea, i wouldn't personally have thought an insulation reading
of 28k would have made so much difference.
the main reason i mentioned it, we all come on here and discuss various
pickups and how bad some sound flat/flabby, when a decent guitar cable could maybe make all the difference.
i can imagine 1000's of bedroom guitarists around the world not realising how much better their gear would sound just with a better cable.
go on everyone check your cables out. :)

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Post by TalboA150 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:34 am

Klotz La Grange and switchcraft plugs. Soldering iron and ready to rock....

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