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Guitars & Accessories

Best Guitar Cable

Many people regard instrument cables as an afterthought, a mere accessory that has no real impact on the sound or performance of an instrument like the guitar. These people would do well to do their research since guitar cables are absolutely crucial in the realm of signal flow. They can deliver high quality audio or be the factor responsible for the deterioration of said signal. Here are the best guitar cables, with each selection available in multiple lengths to fit your configuration, offered in straight to straight setups that are ideal for quickly and smoothly plugging a guitar into an amp or pedal, and are equipped with multiple layers of noise-handling protection to ensure your signal is clear and not diluted by excess audio artifacts.

Monster Cable Studio Pro 1000 Instrument Cable

Monster’s Cable Studio Pro 1000 instrument cable provides a luxury service for an experience which many people aren’t even aware that there could be better options. The heavy-duty 24k gold-plated contact high current connectors are built to last and resist any kind of corrosion. The heavy-duty body shell of the cable is also easier to grab and handle, so you’ll never get tangled up when you plug in or out of your axe. Also worth mentioning is the responsiveness of this cable is instantaneous so you’ll never deal with any minuscule delay when hitting a string. Whether you’re looking for a cable to take with you onstage or to use in recording environments, Monster’s Cable Studio Pro 1000 is a must-have for any professional guitarist.

Alessandro Instrument Two Guitar Cable

Alessandro Instrument Two Guitar Cable

Alessandro’s Instrument Two guitar cable features many of the same design specs of the original Instrument One product; you’ve got Teflon and foam insulation and silver-plated copper to deliver a flat and dynamic frequency response that also prevents against any unwanted distortion or “noise” in the signal. But moving beyond the entry-level nature of the Instrument One, the Instrument Two ups the ante. While it uses the same conductors as its predecessor, it is double balanced, creating a noticeable increase in dynamics and response. You’ll be able to hear detail and nuances in the signal that would be inaudible with a lesser cable. The Instrument Two is also available in 1-foot, 3-foot, 12-foot, and 20-foot options, which means you’ll be able to find one that works best for your situation.

Monster Cable Classic Straight to Straight Instrument Cable

The Monster Classic cable harkens back to the days of the ‘70s, when the company unveiled its first product onto the market. Years later, they may have made additions to their catalog, but the demand for the original product still remains strong. All metal connectors and 90 percent copper shielding have made this durable, great-sounding cable capable of providing an accurate and responsive signal that will help your playing. The flexibility of the cable itself still allows for easy maneuverability whether you’re onstage or in the studio because the last thing that you want is to be tangled up in cables! Finally, this cable comes with a lifetime warranty, meaning that you’ll never have to worry about going without a Monster cable for the rest of your life.

PRS ACC-7001-18SS PRS Instrument Cable

One great advantage that the PRS Instrument Cable has for guitarists is that (unlike other more generalized instrument cables) it was designed specifically with guitars in mind. Paul Reed Smith Guitars and Van Damme Cabling both understand how crucial the signal flow running through cables is to the overall tone and performance of the instrument, so they took special care to build a product that would be easy to handle and promote a pristine signal. The tight construction and multiple layers of protection on the cable keep the noise out and preserve the fidelity, while all connectors are equipped with a hermetically sealed reed switch, so you can play this thing out without worrying about corrosion. PRS offers 10, 18, and 25 foot lengths for their cable, and all sizes are available in straight to straight or straight to right angle setups which give you the flexibility which works best for your particular setup.

Spectraflex Fatso Flex Right Angle Instrument Cable

When Spectraflex implemented Neutrik Plugs into their original line of guitar cables, the N-Flex series was born. These plugs are the thinnest available A-gauge 1/4 inch plugs, and the precise one-piece tip contact provides a smooth entry into instruments; these are designed to last. Perhaps most notable about the Spectraflex brand as a whole is the sheer variety of colors and patterns they offer in the rugged nylon braiding on their cables. While most cables serve a purely functional purpose, Spectraflex understands that sometimes you want to express your creative individuality, and the best way to do that is by sporting a bright pink cable while onstage. But these things aren’t just style over substance; the state of the art construction on the N-flex captures a widened frequency response and keeps the noise out of your signal. Just because your visual style is loud doesn’t mean that the artifacts in your signal flow have to be.

Sean Kramer
I'm a guitarist/music producer with 18 years of experience playing on-stage, in the studio, and everywhere in between. I have toured and recorded on projects both independent and major, in styles such as rock, pop, funk, hip hop, electronic, and more. My axe of choice is probably always going to be the Fender Stratocaster, but I've been known to pick up other guitars when the music calls for it. I'm a big fan of using a multitude of effects (both hardware and software-driven) to manipulate the sound and atmosphere of an instrument. In addition to playing on records, I have also contributed to the score/soundtrack for shows and spots on MTV and ESPN, as well as for a variety of independent films, web series, and television shows.
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