5 signs your guitar cable needs replacing (and 6 ways to make it last longer)

Man wearing a guitar holding a messy guitar cable in his hands
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Today, let's do a bit of housekeeping and talk about guitar cables. After all, a cable is one of the most crucial components of your guitar rig. Without it, your tasty chops will never be set free through your blasting Marshall stack. And if you've ever suffered a gig-ruining signal dropout from a dodgy cable, you'll understand the need to keep your cables in top condition. If you’ve never experienced anything like this, congratulations – keep up the good work. Take it from us, this is definitely something you'll want to avoid.

Recognizing the signs that your guitar cable needs replacing is crucial for preventing on-stage or rehearsal room drama. Moreover, there are tried and tested methods for keeping your cables in optimal condition. 

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Ross Holder

Ross has been a music lover and guitar player since the age of 8. He has spent the five years since graduating from university working in music retail, selling guitars, amps and more. Ross is particularly interested in electric guitars, pedals and amplifiers and his current rig includes a trusty 2009 American Standard Stratocaster and Vox AC30S1 with a few Walrus Audio and Way Huge pedals in between.