When you're gigging, there's nothing more important than being well-prepared. That may seem like a no-brainer, and you've probably spent plenty of time carefully choosing your instruments and amplifiers, but there's something else that deserves just as much attention: your instrument cables. No sound system works without being connected, after all, and if you want outstanding sound quality for years to come, it takes well-built cables to get it.
An important thing to keep in mind is that a cable is not "just a cable". There are different kinds designed for different uses and setups, so there's more to choosing the right cable than just picking out any one on the page. For instance, the Mogami Gold Patch Cable and DiMarzio Jumper Cables are purpose-built pedal couplers, perfect for daisy-chaining your pedalboard without having excess wire to deal with. These short patch cables, with their right-angled connectors, are also really handy for linking up neighboring components in an audio rack.
Of course, to connect your instrument to its sound system, you'll be looking for a longer cable. The options range from just a few feet to more than 25, so you can pick out the length you need - which is ideal, because you want a cord that's not too long and not too short. If you like to move around a lot onstage, you might have an especially tough time finding a cable to fit that description... but there is an answer for you: a spiral cord, like the Vox Premium Vintage Coil Guitar Cable. These can expand and contract freely, so they're never in the way and they don't hold you back, either.
It's all too easy to overlook the role of high-quality cables in your audio setup, so be careful not to fall into that trap! A durable cable can easily last as long as your amps and instruments themselves, and can even have an impact on your stage presence if you choose one with a distinctive look. Instrument cables are more than just a necessity; they're a real opportunity to add another great piece of gear to your stage kit.