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The Vox vs Bullet Coil Cable

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Ryan McCall, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. Ryan McCall

    Ryan McCall TDPRI Member

    27
    Dec 14, 2015
    Stillwater, OK
    I couldn't decide on the VOX or Bullet coil cable. So I bought both and did my own review. The Bullet is brighter and clearer. The VOX is darker and seems to sounded gainer. Both are cool and sound great. Maybe this can help someone who, like me, couldn't decide which one to get. I'm using a 1965 Telecaster.

     
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  2. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    53
    Aug 24, 2014
    PNW
    I love VOX; I've been using their amps for 30+ years.

    but...

    The VOX coil cable is a bit disappointing; it is durable, stretches and retracts nicely, looks great but it rolls off too much high end. I use a Mogami Platinum, non-coil cable.
     
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  3. crossroader

    crossroader Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

    Age:
    61
    Sep 24, 2004
    Endicott, NY
    I bought the Bullet.

    That is one HEAVY cable. I didn't like it - always felt like it was pulling the guitar down.
    I gave mine to my bass player and he's been using it ever since. He plays a Ric, so I guess the added weight in his case wasn't really noticeable. :D

    Now that I think about it, the Bullet coily cable might be the answer to some of those out there dealing with a neck-heavy guitar.
     
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  4. popthree

    popthree Poster Extraordinaire

    I have a bullet...dont remember how long ive had it, but its a good cable, though crazy heavy
     
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  5. uriah1

    uriah1 Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Feb 12, 2011
    Around
    Replaced a vox and others with Lava coily.
    The vox wire was heavier than my guitar. lol.
    amongst other issues.
     
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  6. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Tele-Afflicted

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    Aug 24, 2014
    PNW
    I've read some good thins about Lava's coil cord:

    The Lava Retro Coil 20-Foot Silent cable uses a 99.99% OFC low strand count copper conductor and superior shielding. This cable was designed by Lava Cable to provide world-class sonic performance and low noise using G&H Silent plugs that also let you plug in without pops or buz zes.

    Lava's Retro Coil cable delivers great sound but it offers a utilitarian advantage as well. The coiling makes for no more hassles when bundling and removes the need to worry about getting caught up in messy cords on stage.

    Completely made in the USA.

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    It seems on par with a Magomi platinum.

     
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  7. gitold

    gitold Friend of Leo's

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    Mar 25, 2009
    Greeley Co.
    My Vox died after a few months.
     

  8. Ryan McCall

    Ryan McCall TDPRI Member

    27
    Dec 14, 2015
    Stillwater, OK
    It is heavy!
     

  9. Ryan McCall

    Ryan McCall TDPRI Member

    27
    Dec 14, 2015
    Stillwater, OK
    One reason I wanted to try the Vox was because they are darker. It's a lot darker than the Bullet for sure.
     
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  10. Jakedog

    Jakedog Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 26, 2003
    The North Coast
    I don't get coily cables. Besides looks is there a purpose?

    Not trying to start trouble, I honestly just don't understand the attraction. I always think they look really silly in old photos of Hendrix, The Beatles, etc.

    I realize that's what they had then, but it seems silly to still be using it. It reminds me of my mother walking all over the house with the extra long coil cable on the corded phone in the 80's.
     
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  11. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Tele-Afflicted

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    Aug 24, 2014
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    To me, they extend and retract nicely, when you move. There's no feeling of lugging around a long cord that you may trip and step on. They are as long, and short, when you need them to be. They really "feel" good.

    I've seen Hendrix with coily cords but The Beatles?
     
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  12. Jakedog

    Jakedog Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 26, 2003
    The North Coast
    Now see, that makes sense. Not enough for me to buy one, but I understand it.

    I swear I've seen the Beatles with them... and I seem to remember a friend in a Beatles tribute searching high and low for the exact right one...
     
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  13. JL_LI

    JL_LI Tele-Meister

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    May 20, 2017
    Long Island, NY
    I've seen Hendrix with coily cords but The Beatles?
    ZackyDog, they may be from before your time. Everyone in every garage band on Long Island had to have one in 1965.
     
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  14. crossroader

    crossroader Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

    Age:
    61
    Sep 24, 2004
    Endicott, NY
    That's what I was thinking might happen when I bought my Bullet - but the weight of it pretty much killed that idea.

    Plus, I usually plug into a pedal board. So, the coily cable just drops straight down...and it ends up under my feet. HA!
    I think they make more sense if you're plugged into an amp that's behind you. Then they really do pull themselves up off the floor and might actually stay out of your way.
     

  15. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Tele-Afflicted

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    Aug 24, 2014
    PNW
    I don't think so; from what I can see, coil cords weren't applicable to the Beatles (click on the pics to enlarge)

    660501-beatles-nme_01-960x651.jpg The Beatles' Rooftop Concert in 1969 (2).jpg

    One of their last "regular" concerts from '66. The rooftop '69 concert (right).
     
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  16. JL_LI

    JL_LI Tele-Meister

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    May 20, 2017
    Long Island, NY
    Maybe you're right. I did a quick search for Beatles pictures and found only straight cords. I also looked for pics of the Ventures, the other band everyone I knew in high school wanted to be but I only found one picture of them playing as older guys. I know I bought mine in Sam Ash in Hempstead, NY. It was definitely a high school thing because by the time I started college in '67 nobody was using them. The need to have coily cords had to come from something we saw on TV.

    BTW, I love your Beatles pics. I've never seen George Harrison with an SG. Are those silver face Super Reverbs? Is McCartney playing through a Bassman? I've always associated the Beatles with VOX. Or maybe my memory of what was happening 50 years ago has gotten fuzzy.
     
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  17. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
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    Aug 24, 2014
    PNW
    I used to frequent the Sam Ash in White Plains, NY. :)

    Thanks; it was a rarity to see George use an SG for the '66 concerts; that was his backup guitar for his Rickenbacker 360/12 and Epiphone Casino. Nope; Twin Reverbs but yes re: McCartney w/ a Bassman.
     

  18. Alamo

    Alamo Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Nov 15, 2006
    Berlin, Germany
    I have one coily chord (don't know the make) since 1997 - it's still great.
    it shines when we're on small stages where one can't move about.

    one step back and you fall into the drum set, one step to the left you have the headstock of the bassplayer on your noggin', one step to the right you're steppin' on the singers toes, one step too far straight you trip over your pedal board and cut your teeth on the mic.
    with a long tweed cable you'd have to fend off a wriggly python crawling up your leg by now.
    the coil just hangs in place - guitar to pedalboard -and will stretch to when you receive your beer on stage. :)
     

  19. Ryan McCall

    Ryan McCall TDPRI Member

    27
    Dec 14, 2015
    Stillwater, OK
    We play a lot of small stages with s 5 piece band. The coil seems to stay out of the way yet still give me some room to move around if I need. Plus it tames the bright bridge pickup on my tele.
     

  20. jhundt

    jhundt Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    63
    Mar 23, 2003
    Netherlands
    one place where coily cables are really nice is at home, in your guitar workshop. I have several amps set up in my room, and if I use straight cables the whole floor gets covered with them. And then my rolling office-chair won't roll no more.I keep a coily in each amp, and whenever I unplug the guitar I stick the plug under the handle. The cord coils nicely and leaves the floor clear of cable.
     

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