Six Things Every Musician Should Know About Their Cable

If you regularly depend on cables for playing live music, recording and more it's very important that you understand what makes up a cable. Understanding cable anatomy could help you with repairs as well as potentially ensure that you can end up with a higher-quality cable during the purchasing process. Here's some of the technical details that you can find in every guitar cable:

Conductor/core: The conductor and core of a cable is generally made from a copper cable. The electric current from your guitar can actually travel through an instrument cable along this wire at the speed of electricity which is 66% the speed of light. They are woven together through copper strands.

Insulation:  The insulation is usually made of a rubber like material or a thermoplastic and the idea of this is to work to provide a flexibility while allowing the cable to maintain its working voltage. The insulation will work to protect the precious metals inside and ensure that the electricity stays within the conductor.

Electrostatic shield: As a secondary measure to prevent electricity from escaping from the cable, the electrostatic shield prevents static electricity from interacting with the conductor which can cause buzzing, cracking and more. As a cable starts to become bent or even broken the electrostatic shield can break down and this can often lead to extra feedback in your cables. Usually this shield is produced using a conductive plastic or noise reducing tape.

Shield: The outer shield is often made of copper as well and the idea of this outer shield is to work as a conductor for return signal. This can prevent interference from reaching the conductor as well as block out various radio frequencies, electrostatic currents and power transformers.

Outer Jacket: The overall goal of the outer jacket is to work as an armor or protection for the overall cable. It protects all the components from moisture as well as gives the cable its final look. Usually the outer aspect of the cable will be printed with the various manufacturer decal and it has to be physically durable and flexible to maintain the elements of the cable.

Plug: The common name for a guitar cable plug is “quarter inch jack”. These plugs are used to connect electric guitars and basses to amps, pedals, direct recording boxes, and more. The plugs are ¼ inches or 6.3mm, with a single black circle known as an insulating ring towards the cable’s tip. This single circle makes the guitar cable “mono”, which produces a single channel connection.

Keep some of these top components in mind and never settle when it comes to cable quality.

The Original GlowCable’s conductor is made of Oxygen Free Copper (OFC). The conductor size is 24 American Wire Gauge (AWG). Insulation is flexible PVC plastic. We use Oxygen Free Copper braided shield at minimum of 90% coverage. The outer jacket is made of flexible plastic with an outside diameter of 6mm. The outer jacket is infused with 100% safe, non-toxic, glow in the dark technology. The head is noiseless and nickel plated.

The Original GlowCable also comes with a 1 year warranty. 

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Technical Details:
- 6.35mm Mono Straight Male to 6.35mm Mono Straight Male
- Nickel Plated Head
- Transparent Clear Cable With Green Glow In The Dark Feature
- Length: 10' =  3.05M
- Conductor: 24 AWG OFC
- Shield: 90% OFC Braid
- OD: 6.0MM
- Just plain cool

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