Cable Buyer's Guide

Cable Guide

Why do I need a nice cable?

We asked this question ourselves before we worked at Sinasoid. We spent thousands of dollars on the perfect guitar and the perfect lineup of fancy pedals and the perfect amp to go with it all, only to settle on bargain bin cables and cheapo patches. It's hard to believe until you hear and see for yourself, but there's a science behind cabling that will allow you to hear more of your instrument's natural voice.

Think about it this way: that dream rig deserves a set of dream cables to unlock its richest and truest tones.

What is capacitance?

Tonal differences between cables are almost wholly determined by capacitance. Put simply, the lower a cable’s capacitance, the clearer and more present the high end will be. Conversely, more of the high end crispness and clarity of a signal will be lost in high capacitance cables or in a long cable run. Most premium cables at big box retailers, such as Mogami or LiveWire, will land in the 40pF to 60pF range. Our cables range from 20pF to 60pF.

However, lowest may not always mean best. In some scenarios, a higher capacitance may be useful to tame ultra-high frequencies in a guitar/amp combo, like a Tele through a Twin Reverb. Any cable within the 28pF to 35pF range will sound neutral with most rigs.

Does shielding matter?

Besides providing a common ground point for most cables, shielding also serves to block radio interference and other unwanted noise from your signal. There are three main shielding schemes found in the cables we carry: braided, spiral, and double Reussen.

Does cable length matter?

Yes. Since capacitance is measured per foot of cable, longer cables will lose clarity and presence in the high end. This is also why Custom Shop Cables are limited to 20'.

Can I use an instrument cable as a speaker cable?

(But in all seriousness, in no instance should an instrument cable be used to connect an amp head to a cabinet. There is a real risk of destroying the amp.)

Why are your cables so expensive?

We pride ourselves on offering the best of what's out there. Our cables and plugs are often higher tier than the average offering, and many of our cables are imports, making them difficult to find in the US.

What is Techflex?

Techflex is a plastic mesh that envelops the entirety of the cable. It provides an extra layer of protection against the harsh conditions of stage shows, and helps with tangle-resistance when it comes time to put away your rig.

What is tourproofing?

An extra piece of heat shrink is added around the solder points to reinforce the hot connection and further prevent (the already unlikely) instances of cable shortage or failure.

What is reverse plug?

The standard patch cable configuration has both plugs facing inward. A reverse plug flips one plug so that the two plugs form an "S" shape. This is useful in specific pedalboard applications, especially for top-mounted input/output jacks.

What plugs are offered?

Our Custom Shop carries plugs from three manufacturers: American-made G&H and Switchcraft, and European imported Neutrik. We use these manufacturers based on their long standing reputation for reliability and superior technology. We also put an emphasis on curating our product offerings, so everything in stock is up to the Sinasoid standard.

Do plugs affect tone?

The short answer is no. All of the plugs we stock fall within an extremely low capacitance range. However, you’ll want to choose a plug based on function, size, aesthetic, and price.

Which plugs should I get?

Outside of straight or right angle options, the most important consideration is plug size. For pedalboards, the smallest plug is almost always the best option. However, for instrument application, there are certain instrument outputs that will necessitate plugs of a certain size, and for that reason, we have plugs of all sizes, styles, and colors to choose from.

Why are some options randomly disappearing?

Some cables and plugs are specifically meant for patch cable and pedalboard applications.

I just bought a cable! Where is it?!

Great! Thank you! Cables often ship after 2-3 business days, but our official policies state we will ship within 2-5 business days. During the holiday season, wait times can be up to 3-4 weeks. We will notify you of any major delays with your order. All Sinasoid cables are made to order, which means that sometimes it will take some time to build, pack, and ship.

If your question was not answered here, let us know.