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

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  1. POS Guitars

    POS Guitars Tele-Meister

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    The major issue is that the coiled cable usually adds a lot of length, which can treble bleed your tone a bit. I'd say, plug it in and hear the difference. If you like it, use it.
     
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    This.
    Sometimes I wanna look cool.
    My coiley cord puts me over that edge, man.
    ;)
     
  3. teletimetx

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    A neon lit emissary from the Wholly Manatee of Albania has just informed me that it will never matter which type of cable/lead/cord you chose; we're all going to die in a fiery burning comet meatball crash. So, at least there's that to which we can look forward.
     
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    I seem to be hard on cables. I’ve used straight and coiled, but no matter what, I’d mess them up in short order.

    So quite a few years ago, I got tired of it and spent more money than I ever wanted to spend on cables. I bought some cables from Carvin, back when they were still Carvin. I haven’t killed a cable in years.

    They’re straight, covered in braided cloth, heavy, and very well made. And they’ve survived years of my abuse.

    I don’t know if Kiesel (formerly Carvin) still sells those cables, but if they do, your cable woes will be over if you buy a few.
     
  5. Vibrolux59

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    They do have more capacitance than 15' cables. So do 50' cables. Whether you can hear the difference in treble loss or not is subjective and depends on many things. I had a few back in the day, not all were equal quality.
     
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  6. Ron R

    Ron R Friend of Leo's

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    I've got nothing for you - my cable of choice these days is the XVive wireless guitar setup.
     
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    You may notice in studios the engineers take very good care of mic cables, winding them up into a coil with no twists or kinks. This helps their longevity, lowers the chance of a bad cable showing up in a session, and reduces the cable repairs they have to do.

    Storing curly cables is problematic because the tend to get tangled worse than straight cables when you try to coil them for storage. Mine ended up being kind of wadded up an stuck in my bag.

    And I don't believe there is any benefit to the sound that you could tell in a blindfold test. But if you want a retro look then go for it. But that's the only benefit there IMHO.
     
  9. suave eddie

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    I started playing in the mid '60s. I used them and it seemed like everybody used them. They were handy in that they didn't drag on the floor. I don't remember anyone ever discussing resistance or capacitance of cables. I don't remember anyone ever discussing cables affecting the sound of the guitar. As far as I recall their use had nothing to do with their affect on "tone".
     
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    But remember....those were also the days we also went in and bought replacement "single" strings, without regard for brand.....and bought tubes at the drugstore and stuck 'em in our amps....without "matching" or re-biasing them. Sounded great back then, but now?......people would be screamin' you can't do that!!!!!!;)
     
  11. ReverendRevolver

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    My first experience with curly cables was standing in line behind someone returning one that died in less than a week.

    I've heard some nonsense about them "pulling on your jack" but since I've always just threaded the cable between guitar and strap, never bought into it.

    I prefer cloth wrapped cables. There are enough middle of the road cloth cables out there to keep me over for ages. I still want a few more pig hog in a few colors...

    Coils look cool, but the cheap coiled ones seem to have less lifespan that cheap straight ones. When I've used then in guitar stores, I got the overwhelming feeling I'd keep messing with them like I did phone cords way back when.....
     
  12. uriah1

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    Love my lavas. Also you don’t trip on them snd they stay out of the way.
     
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    I prefer them when I need to tame some highs.
    Have a new Lava and some vintage Radio Shacks, including the coveted grey model.
     
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    I use Traynor standard cables. Well made and reasonable cost. Unlimited replacement warranty with no receipt required. Just walk into a dealer with a bad cable, no matter how old, and they’ll hand you a new one. Are they 99,99% oxygen free and ultra low capacitance? Likely not, but it doesn’t matter under 15’ - I will never hear the difference in a blind test at that length. Right now I run guitar -> 10ft cable -> pedal board with buffers -> 10ft cable -> amp input. Buffered pedals in the FX loop with 2 x 10ft cables back to the pedalboard. I would be surprised if there were noticible affects on my tone due to these cables. In any case, they work for me and I love my tone :)
     
  15. MrCairo46

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    The coiling creates centrifugal force with the signal making your signal move faster through the cable AND making your playing sound faster.
     
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    I've almost bought them several times...the Lava one looks great. But whatever the advantages are like telephones and headphones, after a certain point the stretching and unstretching them to their full length you end up with this...

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    FWIW, I think you meant centripetal force.
     
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    A- ... you forgot that they look cool.;)
    "Cool" vs. heavy, noisy, less durable and pick up RF ... the guitarist makes the decision.
     
  20. FenderLover

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    Funny thread!
    A poorly shielded cable will be noisy, straight or curly.

    A shielded cable does not know if it is coiled or not. Neither is more susceptible to noise because of its shape.

    A durable cable will be sold at a premium with a lifetime warranty, straight or curly.

    Straight and curly cables both come made from low capacitance, high quality cable.

    Your experience may not come with the correct understanding or information.

    Your experience may be biased by bad information.
     
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