4 Great Choices – Guitar Leads
Leading the way: our choice of quality guitar leads
Ask 10 guitarists what they believe is the biggest contributor to tonal nirvana and you’ll get 10 different answers. Some would say the guitar’s wood combinations, while others may point to variables like signal chain, pedal choices or even the player’s fingers.
What’s often forgotten, but no less vital, are the humble leads and cables we use to connect everything.
Leads come in all different shapes, sizes, materials, lengths and prices, and it’s important you are choosing the right one for the job at hand. All players, from bedroom guitarists to professionals, will have different needs. And while a quality cable isn’t going to necessarily improve or drastically change your tone, a poor quality cable can definitely have a negative effect.
As well as sound quality and performance, you’ll need to consider things like reliability, durability and the impact of the cable’s length.
Let’s have a look at a few, and weigh up the various options.
The one with a kill switch
This Planet Waves cable gives you everything you’d expect from a good guitar cable: it’s durable, made a good quality cable and doesn’t ruin your tone. On top of all of this standard fayre you get a built-in momentary kill switch which is great for swapping guitars on stage without any annoying crackle or buzz from your amp.
The lengthy one
So you’re keen to venture out of the practice room and onto the stage, and need a lead which can accommodate your stage dives without compromising on tone or durability. This 25 foot (over seven metres) lead from Fender will ensure you stay connected no matter the shapes you’re pulling on stage, while the anti-kink design and lifetime warranty provide that peace of mind for years to come.
The tweed one
The Fender Custom Shop is rightly held as a benchmark for guitar quality. So, why not treat your axe to a cable built to those exacting standards. This attractive cable is designed with more than a nod towards classic, vintage guitar leads, wrapped with either a black or yellow tweed outer for that ‘toaster cord’ appearance.
The cable is engineered to resist twisting, kinks and all of the other movements, which can prematurely end the life of a cable, and is also backed with a lifetime guarantee. As this is Fender, it also delivers great sonic performance.