Angular Vs Straight Jack Guitar Cables

Selecting between angular and straight jack guitar cables should not be taken lightly; both offer similar functionality but have their own set of benefits and drawbacks.

Right-angle plugs on guitar ends make them less likely to hit the jack barrel and damage either its cable or itself. A 20 foot cable should suffice in most setups.


Conductors in guitar cables serve to transfer electrical signals. Most are composed of copper, with thicker wire allowing more effective signal transference. A dielectric layer also exists to protect and insulate the conductor – its type varying depending on manufacturer – such as polypropylene and teflon as examples of common dielectric materials.

A guitar cable may contain a shield designed to reduce interference and enhance clarity of sound. This shielding may be made out of various materials; just ensure it doesn’t degrade your signal in any way. Shielding also contributes to overall cable thickness as well as flexibility issues.

An outer jacket is an integral component of a cable. Materials will vary by manufacturer, but it is important to find one with durable yet easy management features if using it live performance situations. A durable jacket also protects its conductor from being damaged by abrasion or moisture.

How you choose between straight or right-angle connectors depends entirely on your instrument and what it will be plugged into. For instance, an electric guitar with recessed jack cups requires a straight cable as right-angled connectors are more difficult to plug in; similarly if using pedal boards with side-mount inputs.

No matter what kind of cable you select, quality should always come first. A quality cable should withstand rigorous touring conditions for years and years without failure.

Consider also the length of the cable. While a longer cable may provide more flexibility, too much cable may lead to tangles or other problems which affect performance negatively.


Dielectric guitar cables serve to separate their conductors and shield, and this layer is where most differences in sound character between cables can be found. A higher quality dielectric will yield more transparent-sounding results while minimising unwanted resonances or interference transmission.

Polyethylene is the standard dielectric material in this industry; however, some manufacturers utilize other more exotic materials such as PTFE or PVC. Whatever material your dielectric uses is crucial as a low capacitance is key to maintaining high frequencies and creating clear audio output.

Most guitar cables consist of one conductor within a shield, although there are cables with two conductors inside their shield and some using both shielding and solid core conductors. When choosing guitar cables, find one with the optimal balance of cost, reliability and performance; using cheap cables could lower performance as well as damage your guitar setup; therefore it is recommended that you always test a cable before purchasing it, even if only temporarily.

As you compare different guitar cables, it is also essential to take their aesthetic and build into account. Select one which fits seamlessly with your rig while being easy for you to manage; try out various shapes and colors at music shops until you find one which speaks to you best! For an extra special experience, look into cables equipped with Neutrik muting jacks so you can unplug without disturbing audiences when needed.

Guitar cables may seem like an unimportant element of any rig, yet they have the power to transform or destroy your tone. Even with expensive pickups, amps and pedals in place, subpar signal delivery or failure in other ways will cause listeners to give feedback and possibly leave. Luckily, there are affordable solutions out there which offer great value for your money and ensure your rig sounds great.


Shielding is an integral component of cable design, protecting against signal interference. Shields may either be solid or wrapped, made of oxygen-free copper wire – the less oxygen present, the higher conductivity and sound quality will be. But shielding doesn’t guarantee against interference – an amplifier could still detect noise currents through it and interfere with guitar signals directly; they would simply remain isolated from them so as to not disrupt them further.

The connector is the end of a cable that attaches to an amplifier, instrument or other device and must be of top-grade quality to transmit signal from the guitar or bass to an amp or instrument. A low-grade or dirty connector may ruin an otherwise good cable and produce inferior sounds.

Strain relief is another key feature of any guitar cable. A strain relief, typically composed of plastic or metal pieces, helps prevent the cable from being pulled out during high-stress situations like performances by protecting its connector from being pulled free. These pieces are usually located near solder joints which experience high amounts of stress.

Though cables might seem like an afterthought, they’re actually one of the most underrated components of any guitarist’s gear. Their purpose is to carry guitar or bass signal from pickups all the way through pickups to amplifier without losing quality or creating interference from lights, computers and fans.

A guitar cable is an integral component of any guitarist’s setup, so selecting one that meets your playing style demands is of the utmost importance. A great cable will deliver clear, permeating tone regardless of genre you play; top performers provide excellent noise-reduction features and come in various lengths that meet individual needs – IRIN offers numerous high-quality audio cables including this 25-foot cable with 90 degree connections on both ends and gold 1/4″ phone plugs for your convenience.

Outer Jack

The outer jack of a guitar cable connects it to devices you plug in, so its construction must be strong enough to withstand physical damage as well as being water resistant, helping prevent accidental damages while playing or setting up for shows. Material used can range from plastic or rubber depending on brand of cable;

Consideration must go into setting up a guitar or bass rig properly, with careful consideration paid to every aspect of its setup: guitar, pickups and amplifier all have an effect on tone that must be heard, yet many musicians neglect an essential accessory like the guitar cable.

Quality guitar cables are key to creating great sounds with your pedal board. Their job is to transfer signals from guitar or bass players through pedals and amps for amps – this signal makes all the difference between great music and just plain noise!

Why would you skimp on the least costly component of your rig? After all, cables cost much less than almost every other element and will likely remain part of your setup for an extended period. That’s why studios pay for high-end cables while interns who treat theirs carelessly may receive punishment.

Use heavy-duty velcro cable ties and other accessories like zip ties to organize and keep your cables untangled and tangle-free. An unruly mess of cables is both unattractive and hazardous to their connections and wires inside, so get into the habit of using them regularly to organize and declutter them!

No matter if you are an electric guitarist, acoustic guitarist, professional musician or home hobbyist – FAT TOAD Guitar Cables are designed to ensure reliable performance for all. Featuring straight-end TS (Tip-Ring-Sleeve) connectors that are compatible with most instruments and equipment; shielded to minimize interference, improving sound clarity and transmission; as well as having a durable tweed cloth jacket to protect connections points while adding durability – they deliver maximum reliability!