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Coiled cables?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by gitold, Dec 6, 2018.

Do you like coiled cables

  1. Love em

    24 vote(s)
  2. Hate em

    20 vote(s)
  3. Indifferent

    29 vote(s)
  1. gitold

    gitold Friend of Leo's

    Mar 25, 2009
    Greeley Co.
    Soulman 969 came over to try out my new guitar. When I handed him a cable to plug into the guitar he exclaimed his displeasure of the coiled nature of it. I told him that I thought coiled cables were wonderful. What do you think!
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  2. beagle

    beagle Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 20, 2010
    The remind me of the guitar hell that was the 1970s.
  3. Bristlehound

    Bristlehound Friend of Leo's

    Jan 4, 2017
    Indeed - the 10 mins spent before a gig trying to untangle a coiled cable was not time well spent!
  4. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Apr 2, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    Quality coiled cords put some spring in my step.
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2018
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  5. DrPepper

    DrPepper Tele-Holic

    Nov 24, 2017
    Too dark sounding, may be okay with some players. The way I look at it is,if you have lots ($) tied up in guitar/amp,at least use a good quality instrument cable.

    I have bought/sold/traded many guitars in the past ten years, but I still have the Zaolla Silverline instrument cable I bought years ago from Lava Cables (when it was still a one man operation).
  6. schmee

    schmee Friend of Leo's

    Jun 2, 2003
    They tangle like a long land line coily phone cord. What could possibly go wrong? :>)
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2018
  7. uriah1

    uriah1 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Feb 12, 2011
    Yea., and lava all the way. All of mine.
    Some other mfg are way too heavy or too fragile.
  8. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

    Jan 8, 2008
    Coral Springs, FL
    I never even thought of what they do to tone.

    In general, I despise them on guitar, but I'll use it board to amp.
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  9. Doctorx33

    Doctorx33 Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 8, 2014
    I'm old, so yes I used coiled cords when I was young. Eventually straight cables became the norm and we all switched to them. Back in the nineties I bought a modern coiled cord but ended up giving it away. It was made from quality cable unlike the old coiled cords and was too damn heavy hanging from the guitar.
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  10. gkterry

    gkterry Tele-Meister

    Dec 19, 2014
    Paris, IL
    I like mine. I bought a Fender brand coily a while back when they were on sale. Always have liked them. If it makes any difference in tone, I can't hear it. I'm sure a junk $5 one would be a different story. Mine never tangles up either.
  11. bluemud928

    bluemud928 Tele-Meister

    Feb 7, 2009
    good for a small stage (or corner)
  12. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    I don’t own one, but I want one.
    I want one for a funny/dumb reason.
    When I was “new” to gigging in the early Jurassic era, every bass player I saw or played with had one.
    Their rigs were similar.
    They usually played a stripped “hippie natural” 60s P bass though a Fender Showman or Bassman of some kind, with a JBL cabinet, La Bella flats, a coily cord, and a pick.
    I want that rig, coily cord and all.
    Thanks for listening.
  13. basher

    basher Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 7, 2007
    Washington, DC
    I've been using them for years precisely because they don't get tangled. They darken my tone a little, but that's what buffered pedals are for.
  14. aerhed

    aerhed Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 24, 2016
    Boulder, WY
    Coily cords. Rockin' Nigeria since 1970.

  15. DrBGood

    DrBGood Tele-Meister

    Jan 30, 2015
    Sutton QC, CANADA
    I was one of "them". I had the P-Bass pickups, but with a Gibson MM envelope around them. Traynor Super Custom Special YBA-3A with two 1X15" JBL cabs. Thump thump !

    Jean 1976_tonemapped.jpg
  16. beagle

    beagle Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 20, 2010


    than Rice Krispies
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  17. Dennyf

    Dennyf Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 9, 2011
    Charlotte, NC
    Maybe there are good ones now. Back when I started playing, they sucked tone due to high capacitance, and were noisy due to shielding breakdown.

    It was a disdain set early in my career, and I've habitually avoided them ever since.
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  18. uriah1

    uriah1 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Feb 12, 2011
    I read somewhere that Jimi Hendrix used radio shack ones
    to cut resistance down on purpose.

    Probably hooey..

    Mine now, are great..not noisy, no loss., etc
  19. Shuster

    Shuster Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Oct 31, 2018
    South Texas
    I own 4 Lava's and love them, so never tried any others? I have stretched one to it's limits, and got popped in the butt by the other end,, lol I use straight cables when I have more room to move.
  20. Nubs

    Nubs Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 16, 2014
    Houston, TX
    If they didn't weigh a metric ton, I would use them more often.
    uriah1 likes this.
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