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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-21-2009, 07:32 AM Thread Starter
 
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How long should my cable be?

Hi guys, hope all is well. I'm going to be gigging soon and I'm wondering how long my cable should be- the cable is going straight from my guitar to my amp. I know venues vary but I'm wondering if you can recommend a length that will cover most average venues (clubs, pubs etc)?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-21-2009, 07:59 AM
 
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Re: How long should my cable be?

3-4m is about the minmum you'll want for gigging. You can get up past 10m in some but anything past 9m runs the risk of affecting the sound, so try the cable out if it's that long (mine is 10m, but it doesn't take anything out of the sound, and it's only that long because of the massive stage we've got ).

So for various common venues, make a compromise and go somewhere between 5m and 7m. You also have to account for the size of your amp. If it's a combo there's not much to worry about but if it's a stack, having the cable go from the ground up into the input is going to shorten the cable's usable length, so you'd want to go for a slightly longer one in that situation.

I have some cable called a Rapco (huh? lol) and it sounds fine but for long cables the best are probably gonna be PlanetWaves or DiMarzio.

Hope that all helped. Enjoy your gigging!
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Re: How long should my cable be?

I've pretty much always used 2 x 20ft or 25ft leads... so what's 50ft in metres? about 15 metres? You could always go wireless if you've got some spare cash.

happy gigging.
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Re: How long should my cable be?

it has to be long enough to reach your amp LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL
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8 to 9 inches is usually good, but if have a bigger one it's not a bad thing!









Oops I thought cable was a phallic reference my bad!



When I use a cable it's at least 20 foot
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8 to 9 inches is usually good, but if have a bigger one it's not a bad thing!
Oops I thought cable was a phallic reference my bad!
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Re: How long should my cable be?

Thanks everyone ! I think I'm gonna go with a Planet Waves 20 foot (around 6m) cable. Pursuit, when you said anything over 9metres risks affecting the sound, you were referring to passive pickups (e.g. Dimarzio AirZone, Evo, PAF Pro) right?
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Re: How long should my cable be?

I think he was referring to the cable impedence which can reduce your treble to some degree in really long cables. Sheilding can also become an issue in a cable that long.
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-21-2009, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: How long should my cable be?

Yea, but isn't it different for active pickups- because they have an onboard preamp or something?
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Re: How long should my cable be?

I may be wrong but I don't think that makes a difference. Active or passive, the cable's impedence and length would still disrupt the treble frequencies in the signal. You might be able to compensate by boosting the treble with an onboard preamp, but that doesn't change the fact that the cable is acting on the signal. I wouldn't worry too much unless you're using a couple 50ft cables thru true-bypass pedals switched off and lots of florescent lighting in a stadium or something. If you're just playing in a club, most of the time a 20-30 foot quality cable will suffice with minimal effect on the "purity" of the signal path and provide the necessary shielding from interference. Besides, most people in the crowd will be too drunk to hear a difference.
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Re: How long should my cable be?

When I mentioned the cable affecting the sound I was referring to more length = more resistance as smooth55 said. I don't have any active pickups so i'm no expert on the difference that would make (it might affect it, it migh not).

In my opinion a 6m PlanetWaves cable is an excellent choice.
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Re: How long should my cable be?

Ah ok thanks ! I've gone with the 6m PW and can't wait to get on stage again :P- thanks everyone !
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