Tools for the Task: Coiled Cables
July 12, 2019
Ten leads primed to handle the bridge between your guitar and what you’re plugging into—with a twist.
Coiled guitar cables that look like those of yesteryear have been making a comeback. While the hip factor of using a coiled cable remains strong as ever, today’s higher-quality cables won’t necessarily crackle and gobble up as much top end as they were known to do back in the day. Here are 10, to get your Jimi on.
ERNIE BALL30' Coiled Cable
These cables feature multiple shielding materials to preserve the signal with low handling noise, and a durable PVC jacket exterior for long-lasting performance.
VOXVCCFor players looking for a retro look but wanting modern reliability, these cables boast 99-percent-purity, oxygen-free, copper cable conductors for superior sound.
MONSTERProlink Monster Classic Pro
These lightweight and flexible cables feature all-metal connectors, a robust outer jacket, and 90-percent copper spiral-wrap shielding.
LAVA CABLERetro Coil
Available in a variety of vibrant colors and color combos, these cables feature a proprietary outer jacket designed with ruggedness, light weight, and durability in mind.
BULLET CABLE30' Clear Coil Cable
These cables feature oversized, relaxed coils that do not kink or lose shape, and dual shielding to assist in providing the best possible noise and signal integrity.
DIVINE NOISECurly Cable III
Handsoldered using high-quality silver solder, the low capacitance (30 pF/foot) of these cables helps provide a rich, warm tone.
These cables include heavy duty metal connectors with gold-plated contacts, 18-gauge OFC conductor wire, and OFC braided shielding with 95 percent coverage.
D’ADDARIOPlanet Waves Custom Series
Available in a variety of colors, these cables feature a coaxial oxygen-free copper conductor with two layers of noise-rejecting shielding for quiet operation and superior strain relief.
FENDEROriginal Series Coil Cable
Backed by a lifetime guarantee, these 23 AWG cables feature 90-percent OFC spiral shielding, nickel-plated connectors, and come in a handful of classic Fender colors.
These cables are easy on the wallet, but still boast a durable and flexible rubberized PVC jacket and premium all-metal connectors.