What is so good about a curly cable/Talk me into a curly cable?

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  1. braveheart

    braveheart Tele-Holic

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    As a kid in the early 80s I had a coily guitar cable, because I saw Keith Richards on a photo with one...I remember mine didn't last very long...

    So, do you use coily cables just for the cool retro-look or does it have any advantages over a normal straight cable..

    What are your pros/cons?
     
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    I’ve read that Hendrix used one because the longer wire attenuates the highs somewhat. Other than that, go with what works for you.
     
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    Jimi always used one, so it's been said that part of his tone lies therein. This is very likely nonsense.

    They look cool and are less prone to tangling. That's about it.
     
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    Always thought they looked cool, but somehow weren't very durable
     
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    The old telephones (landlines) used them. For guitars it's just a fad.
     
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    Hate them and will never use again.
     
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    they look cool and remind us of the 60's.

    they coil up nicely behind the guitar; if your music room is full of guitars and amps, they stay nicely out-of-the-way.
     
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    Classic internet BS.
    He used it because that's what was all available back in the day .
     
  9. braveheart

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    why?
     
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    short, 15' or less, straight cables are the only way to go. less breakage and less futzing with uncurling!
    play music!
     
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    My first guitar and amp came with a curly cable because it was a fad back in the late 60's and early 70's. They can be a good thing to have if you have a lot of problems with cable tangles.
    It does give more capacitance to the line because of the coiling of the cord which can be a good thing or a bad thing.
    Eventually the curly cable's outer insulation will break and cause other problems.
     
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    Tangle is worse than straight cable if I remember right

    ...and I don't need that elastic feeling when walking out into the middle of the crowd for the big solo down the catwalk at Wembley. Cramps my style.
     
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    I use one in the living room. Less tangle. You can debate forever on the effect of a cable on the sound.
     
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    :Dyeah and a 100m coily cable under max tension will drag you straight back to the main stage...reverse bungee
     
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    which brand?
     
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    I had a 15' curly Radio Shack cable for a long time. Unstretched it was less than half that length, and I liked the way it stayed off the floor when I was playing. That's the only pro I can think of.
     
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    I don't know! I stole it from my son! It is very heavy duty with Switchcraft plug ends. I would make sure whatever you get is repairable. Sorry for the lack of details!
     
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    SRV insisted on the grey Radio Shack coiled cable because of its resistance.
    Whatever gets the tone your after is the correct one until it isn't anymore.
    Personally, didn't like the coils cause they get kinked like the landline telephones back in the day.
    And you could never get the ;):cool:kink(s) out.
     
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    The ONLY advantage I can see is they drag around less on the stage floor, and so stay a little cleaner when you get ready to wrap up at night. I also HATE people walking around on cables (step around them you idiots!) and so the coiled ones are less prone to that. I do remember having more failures with coiled cord.....always having to re-solder the plugs.
    FWIW....I have straight cables I've been using for 25-30 years WITHOUT a failure....'cause I don't let people step on them onstage. Treat your "tools" with care and respect, and they'll serve you well.
     
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    Used one in the 60s on many gigs. Less clutter on stage. Good ones were durable enough.

    I've always been handy with a soldering iron, so if I needed to fix a jack, it was just a chance to play with my toys. Wouldn't give it a moments thought. Maybe you guys remember different, but my recollection is that most all the patch cables back then were junk.
     
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