Any musician will tell you about the need to constantly revise your guitar rig, for all kinds of reasons.
It could be a change in the style of music being played, playing bigger venues, playing smaller venues, or just deciding that there are pieces of gear in the rig that aren’t being used enough to justify keeping.
An ongoing reason for the evolution of my own guitar rig has been downsizing. I used to live in a house by myself, but now I have to share an apartment with a girl.
During a recent bout of pedalboard Tetris, the position of the final pedal in the chain wasn’t near the edge of the board, so I decided I needed a right-angled instrument cable to connect it to my amp.
I hadn’t considered my cables in a while.
They’d always just been there.
But I realised I had six cables: three 20 foot ones; two 10 foot ones; and a 30 foot one.
Firstly, I now live in a 12 foot apartment, and that’s the extent of where I play these days, so what on earth am I doing with anything longer than that?
Secondly, they were all black, making them hard to distinguish from one another.
Did they have to be black?
As I’m only play at home these days, I was prepared to go a few bucks to get something decent and relatively heavy-duty.
After doing some digging and researching, I found this one from Pig Hog that seemed to tick the boxes.
It had a right-angle, it wasn’t black, and it was heavy duty. I did some research online, and it seemed to be very well received, so I took a punt on it.
I really wasn’t disappointed at all.
I’ve been playing guitar for the guts of 20 years, and I’ve been through quite a fair few instrument cables in that time, but man, I was sure I haven’t heard clarity like that in a long time.
I was still using one of my old 10 foot cables on the guitar side of my board, but I’m sure I need to replace that with another from Pig Hog.
I mentioned that durability was something I was looking for, and it’s something that Pig Hog flag up themselves about their gear.
You can feel the accuracy of that point just from holding it in your hands.
This is backed up by Pig Hog offering a lifetime warranty with it.
They wouldn’t do that if they ever thought they’d need to be replacing stuff!
Overall, I’m incredibly satisfied with my Pig Hog instrument cable, and I hope to use it for many years to come.
I’ll be getting a second 10 foot one for the guitar-side of my pedalboard.
If I do happen to play a show, I’ll use a barrel to connect them both, and use my 30 footer for the guitar side.
If they made flat head patch cables, I’d probably be all over them too.
If you’re prepared to spend a few bucks on your guitar cable, it’s worth checking out Pig Hog.
They also come in 20 foot lengths, in more funky colors, and the company makes all kinds of other cables too. Check them out!