My Personal Recommendations
I've had several Klotz and Planet Wave cables around the studio but the Evidence Lyric HG and Analysis Plus are my first choices for performance.
You might notice that there are not a lot of cables listed on this page. I've only shown high quality cables that I have and do use or come highly recommended by fellow musicians.
Analysis Plus Stage Red Genesis Pure Instrument Cable Straight to Angle 12 ft.
This is my main cable going from the uke to the Fire-Eye Red-Eye DI.
New very flexible and quiet Genesis Pure Instrument cable. It uses our patented hollow oval woven design for great sound and performance. In the beginning Sound was created and it was Pure. Genesis-Pure takes you back to the beginning and transforms is voice to pure sound. The conductors are 20 AWG OFC copper and the cable uses G&H connectors for the best performance.
If you’re a touring musician, or are constantly on the go – you’ll want to go with a set of GENESIS with OVERMOLD. The Genesis Overmold will keep you going, night after night, 365×7 with its durable OVERMOLD.
Why Spend So Much for an Instrument Cable?
You’ve spent a good bit of money on a quality instrument and amplifier. So why go cheap on one of the main links in the your sound chain.
You will be amazed at what a difference a good instrument cable can do. I thought it didn't make a difference – but it does. On this page are listed quality instrument cables and they do make a difference. There is a line from one of the cable companies that sums it up. "If you can't hear the difference you don't need it."
I recommend cables by Analysis Plus, Evidence Audio or Mogami . I use cables from Klotz, Monster, and Planet Waves in the teaching studios and the Funky Frets Music Store for customer to try out gear.
Evidence Audio LYHGRS10 Lyric Instrument Cable, 10-foot
The Lyric HG is designed with sound quality in mind; to pass analog audio from point A to B with as little change as possible. It very simply solves the problems with strand interaction and geometry using superior materials. By applying the best materials in a “less is more” design, the results are a cable that disappears from the signal path. Here it is wired with straight 1/4″ phone plugs on each end.
The Lyric HG is best suited for studio applications or home use. Where the cable will be used live or subject to the rigors of touring, the Forte would be a sonic equivalent using IGL-ECS conductors in place of the IGL solid core conductors.
Evidence Audio The Forte Instrument Cable 15 ft. Right to Straight
The Forte encompasses the design priorities of Evidence Audio which are to eliminate the negative effects of strand interaction, skin effect, inferior material qualities and geometry. It is crafted and sounds quite like the Lyric, however by putting a coating on the strands instead of using single solid IGL conductors, the Forte is flexible and rugged making it ideal for stage use.
Analysis Plus, Inc. has provided electronic and electromagnetic simulation and analysis for a host of companies since its inception in 1993. All the members of our team hold advanced degrees in Electrical Engineering or Physics, and our specialty is the art of computer simulation. We are experts in the use of Saber, Matlab, Ansoft, and Spice, among other tools, as well as in the testing and measurement of physical devices. This expertise allows us to bring the appropriate tool to bear on the task at hand.
Mogami has always had a relentless devotion to quality, integrity and ethical business practices. Every foot of Mogami cable is made in Nagano, Japan under the direct supervision of the company founder who continues to work every day. Comprised of true craftsmen, Mogami refuses to compromise quality for cost savings, and never copies the work of others. In today’s global economy, it’s often difficult to track who really makes a branded cable or other products. Unlike such brands, Mogami completely controls its design and manufacturing process and will never use a “silent partner” factory. Each product is certified to meet very rigid specifications, which are published and verifiable. There are no “secret ingredients” or mysticism attached to the performance of our products. Mogami is also dedicated to responsible manufacturing and was the first cable factory to meet RoHS requirements for everything they make.
In 1994, Howard and Robert Silagy started a small guitar strap company in Hicksville, N.Y. Their approach to business was simple: make attractive, durable straps using high-quality materials and people will buy them. Over the next four years, the company grew, with sales skyrocketing because of the growing popularity of Planet Waves colorful, attractive designs and the line's thick, heavy-duty leather tabs.
Zaolla Silverline is the leading innovator of cable designs for the musical instrument and pro audio industries. From solid-silver conductors for digital audio and video interconnects to unique hybrid conductors for instrument and microphone cables, Zaolla Silverline tailors each design to its specific application. This attention to detail has made Zaolla Silverline the brand of choice for the hottest live acts and recording studios of the new millennium.
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