How much difference does your guitar cable actually make?

Man plugs guitar cable into his guitar
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As guitarists, we look for any opportunity to improve our rigs. That could be through changing a key component, or in fine-tuning what we have available to us. For the former, the obvious targets come in the guitars themselves, or our amps or pedals. The latter approach could involve upgrading the guitar cables, pedalboard power supplies or even the guitar picks we use.

Cables are a big one; for such a seemingly innocuous part of the signal chain, there sure is a lot of hype out there about certain brands and the mystical powers their cables promise over your tone.

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Chris Corfield

Chris Corfield is a journalist with over 12 years of experience writing for some of the music world's biggest brands including Orange Amplification, MusicRadar, Guitar World, Total Guitar and Dawsons Music. Chris loves getting nerdy about everything from guitar gear and synths, to microphones and music production hardware.