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Old 13th November 2002, 02:57 AM   #1
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Default Kewl!! And a Q about Guitar cables.

Hi

Good to see this forum online.

I have a question for the guitarists or anybody who plays an instrument with a magnetic pickup.

My cables are noisy. They pick up a lot of stray interference, and besides they crackle when moved around. When I chose the cable I went for the soft type with cotton as the insulator, no PVC. I see now that moving the wire around creates crackling...

I make my own cables, 'cause I think the ones for sale are not worth the money. Can anybody tell me how to choose wire for a cable? Quite easy, match up with spec. sheets, you say. Now around these parts, you don't get things like spec sheets. Nor any kind of literature, just WYSIWYG. Now can one visually identify cable or should I just buy a little of each and check them out by trial and error...
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Old 13th November 2002, 04:10 AM   #2
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Default I did this search - only 40 hits

google search result for - DIY "guitar cable"

Not much on cables, but lots of good thing:
http://users.chariot.net.au/~gmarts/guitar.htm
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Old 13th November 2002, 04:10 AM   #3
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Hello,

If you can find any information at all on the cable you are looking at, or if you have a DMM that can measure it, getting a low capacitance per foot is basically the only electrical rating that matters in a guitar cable. If you cant measure it, thicker cables usually have a lower CPF. Otherwise, just go for something that seems like it will hold up to however much stress you plan to put it through.

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Old 13th November 2002, 06:21 AM   #4
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Default Re: I did this search - only 40 hits

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google search result for - DIY "guitar cable"

Not much on cables, but lots of good thing:
http://users.chariot.net.au/~gmarts/guitar.htm
Yeah, been there, done that...

None of the results were useful.

Maybe it's gonna be hit and miss thing.

Oh, well.
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Old 13th November 2002, 06:38 AM   #5
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Do you have a preamp in your guitar
Do you use fantom powered
Do you use balanced or unbalanced output from your instrument
- some facts are always useful
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Old 13th November 2002, 07:16 AM   #6
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Sorry for that.

I have regular passive pickups, and unbalanced in/out throughout my chain including into my computer for recording.

I have so far used commercial cables, and my regular cable has two core shielded wire with a layer of cotton insulation around which a shield is wrapped. It is very soft and flexible, and the outer is extremely tough. On its own the cable is wonderful, the tone it brings to the instrument is phenomenal - it is more 'rounded' and 'analog' compared to the commercial cable, but it also picks up more stray EMI than commercial cable. It also crackles a lot when flexed. I guess it is meant more for fixed installs than regular guitar cable...
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Old 13th November 2002, 08:22 AM   #7
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My favourite amongst cable manufacturers is Gotham Audio Cables (GAC)

Gotham Analog Audio Cables

Very detailed info on the cables, with crossection pictures.
The important capacitance is also clearly given
Very good prices, compared to "Magic Cables Inc"

halojoy
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Old 13th November 2002, 10:06 AM   #8
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I have used an audio coax in the past that had a layer of some kind of conductive polymer plastic around the centerwire dielectric.
This coax cable was touted as being very low noise and when flicked with a finger was silent.
It also made very nice sounding hifi interconnects.

Eric.
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Default Like This.....

The stuff I used was pretty similar to this, but was Asian and cheap - $50 for 100m roll from a wholesaler but works quite fine.

This is where I found the example picture .

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