There’s nothing more frustrating than having the perfect setup let down by a faulty or poor quality guitar cable. Guitar cables used to be simple to buy – there was a time when there were almost no choices - but today there are many to choose from. It goes without saying that not all guitarists can afford the highest quality cables, but it’s important to choose a cable that balances cost with sound quality.
This section reviews the different types of guitar cables to help you choose the right one for you. We always recommend steering clear of the cheapest cables as they will invariably let you down. Middle range cables, rather than the most expensive, should be more than enough for most guitarists though.
Some considerations when choosing a guitar cable include how durable the cable is (features like coated ends can increase durability), whether it produces any audible noise through the amp when struck (some of the lower quality cables do this) and whether there is any loss of tone. For cables less than around 20 feet there shouldn’t be any loss of tone. Longer cables may be more problematic but are unnecessary in most situations.