This episode of Gear Geek on making your own audio cables is not the most exciting episode I plan on releasing but I hope it will be one of the most educational and open a new door for many of you. I feel this is a skill almost every guitar player should have. If you are the type of guitarist that simply plugs in straight from your guitar into an amp and never plans on taking it any further than I applaud you for keeping things simple. But if you are anything like me and have a some-what complicated setup then I can’t stress how vital cable-quality is to your guitar tone and overalll stability of your guitar rig.
Making your own cables is not rocket science. It’s a skill that many of you can master in a very short period of time. I have spent many hours researching different cables and connectors and have narrowed my search down to four companies that I find make the best cable and connectors. Canare and Mogami are my favorites for cable. Switchcraft and Neutrik are my favorites for connectors. Canare is usually a little cheaper than Mogami but I find Canare to be a little more durable. Canare also comes in variety of different colors which I find to be helpful. Mogami instrument cable has shielding that is wrapped and Canare has shielding that is braided. Braided shielding adds time to making cables as you will see in the video. Switchcraft connectors are probably my favorite because they are very durable, reliable and usually half the price of Neutrik connectors. But I find Neutrik to be a little easier to work with.
There are a lot of different opinions out there on how to make the best sounding audio cables and I am not saying that my techniques are better than everybody else’s. I would love to see feedback from all of you regarding my techniques and if you have any comments or tips please express them. Gear Geek is here to help you as well as myself. -Mike Spreitzer