Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Elixir® Cable Review

I'm a big fan of Elixir® and use their strings on my bass. Because I'm on their email list, I was invited to receive a free instrument cable for review late last year.  I received it in January and have been using it since then.

The cable is well put together. The wire is heavy-duty and appears to be about 1.5 times larger than the previous cable I was using. The plugs are molded plastic and are quite large - large enough that I thought they might not plug into the socket on my axe. The plugs fit, though, with no problem.

I tested the cable through my normal setup. This would be from my bass, through a Zoom effects box to a direct box and into our mixing board. I used the Elixir cable between the bass and the Zoom box. Just using my ear, I really didn't notice a lot of difference from the cable I had been using. There was a little bit more brightness on the highest notes, but that's about all.

There are a couple things I don't like about the cable:
  1. The molded plastic plugs. From what I can see, there's no way to easily replace the plugs if necessary. I like to be able to easily solder a new plug on if I need to.
  2. The extra thickness of the wire. This was a little bit of an inconvenience because it didn't fit well in my case. This may not be a problem to many of you, though.
Other than those two things, it seems a pretty decent piece of equipment. I'm not sure if it's worth the premium price, though. That's up to you to decide.

I will keep buying Elixir strings for my bass, though. They are the best I've ever used.

Disclaimer: I received this cable free for evaluation from Elixir; however, this is my honest opinion of the product.

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