90-degree cables - Who uses them? Why? Why not?

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Re: 90-degree cables - Who uses them? Why? Why not?

Post by Futuron » Mon May 20, 2024 1:49 am

I find that Strat boats and some recessed side jacks don't benefit from the angled plugs (some don't even plug in). So my guitar set-up uses a (very long) straight-ended cable, even though I'd prefer the angled approach for the guitars it works with. For bass, it's always angled.


Always tucked through the strap.

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Re: 90-degree cables - Who uses them? Why? Why not?

Post by Fiddy » Mon May 20, 2024 4:59 am

Sometimes you need to, sometimes you can't use them.

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Re: 90-degree cables - Who uses them? Why? Why not?

Post by LVC » Mon May 20, 2024 5:02 am

I don't have any at the moment, even though they're the most convenient and comfortable option for most of my guitars. The plug on my one good 90-degree cable died recently and I keep forgetting to buy replacements. I usually recycle failing cables into patch cords for my pedalboards, and my spare angled plugs tend to end up on them.

I was curious about these pivoting plugs, but at more than 60 euros after shipping+VAT+import duties+handling fee, I'm not really curious anymore...

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Re: 90-degree cables - Who uses them? Why? Why not?

Post by BeardedRainbow » Sun Jun 16, 2024 1:57 pm

LVC wrote:
Mon May 20, 2024 5:02 am
I don't have any at the moment, even though they're the most convenient and comfortable option for most of my guitars. The plug on my one good 90-degree cable died recently and I keep forgetting to buy replacements. I usually recycle failing cables into patch cords for my pedalboards, and my spare angled plugs tend to end up on them.

I was curious about these pivoting plugs, but at more than 60 euros after shipping+VAT+import duties+handling fee, I'm not really curious anymore...

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That'a an interesting idea but I would worry about all the stress on the cable after bending back and forth so much.

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Re: 90-degree cables - Who uses them? Why? Why not?

Post by andy_tchp » Sun Jun 16, 2024 2:31 pm

Yeah, that's a terrible idea.

A solution to a non-problem that introduces a new and different failure point.
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Re: 90-degree cables - Who uses them? Why? Why not?

Post by Matthias » Wed Jun 19, 2024 10:18 am

Right-angles on anything it’ll fit. As long as you get the right jack, they’ll even go in a tele cup and loop straight around to the strap. I always see straight plugs as having enough leverage to cause damage if knocked. Most of my amps have panels on the top so a straight jack makes sense there, but most guitars get a right-angle jack. Strats… erm…

But yeah, I always loop the cable through the strap and use strap locks!

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Re: 90-degree cables - Who uses them? Why? Why not?

Post by MrSparkle » Sat Jun 22, 2024 3:38 am

Right angle cable, tucked behind strap, which is held on with a cap washer (like Grolsch, but bought new, and they were a pack of twelve for a quid).

Since I don't have a traditional strat or telecaster, I have nothing with a recessed jack. The Stardust's and Showmaster are LP style plastic plates, and every other guitar I own is a Squier offset with the jack on the guard or control plate.

I can't say I'm not interested in aesthetics, so I understand the "long jack looks cool" argument - but for me; the elegance of a solution is part of the aesthetic appeal, and I can't get past how impractical the straight jack looks on anything except a strat - and that's only because the impractical-ness has moved to the jack boat thing instead. A couple people on Squier-Talk have recently modded "contemporary" series to get a vintage-loadout strat but with a carved heel and a side jack. It's probably peak "unsuper" strat for me!

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Re: 90-degree cables - Who uses them? Why? Why not?

Post by pistonetti » Tue Jun 25, 2024 11:23 am

I prefer 90-degree cables, straight ends make me feel like I have an unnecessary bulge in my guitar. I'm a LP player mainly, so it makes sense to me having a cable that follows the contour of my guitar.

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Post by redchapterjubilee » Sun Jun 30, 2024 3:31 am

90 degree angle out the guitar and for patching pedals. Straight going in and out of the board itself. Likely learned to tuck the cable behind the strap from my bandmate.

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Re: 90-degree cables - Who uses them? Why? Why not?

Post by UlricvonCatalyst » Mon Jul 01, 2024 1:18 am

I tried using my right-angled Bullet cable with my Tele yesterday, and as I didn't have a strap at home to anchor it, the weight of the cable meant it was unable to resist gravity's pull for any length of time. Swapped it for a cheap, very thin cable I had handy and didn't notice the sound being at all sub-standard.

I've noticed some guitars not liking that Bullet Cable in the past. I wonder if the jack is a millimetre or so on the slim side.

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Re: 90-degree cables - Who uses them? Why? Why not?

Post by MrSparkle » Mon Jul 01, 2024 2:19 am

I tried using my right-angled Bullet cable with my Tele yesterday, and as I didn't have a strap at home to anchor it, the weight of the cable meant it was unable to resist gravity's pull for any length of time.
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I've noticed some guitars not liking that Bullet Cable in the past. I wonder if the jack is a millimetre or so on the slim side.
That's definitely not normal, no. I don't have that issue with Fender tweeds, Ernie balls, the random DIY cable with a Neutrik jack, curly vox...
UlricvonCatalyst wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2024 1:18 am
Swapped it for a cheap, very thin cable I had handy and didn't notice the sound being at all sub-standard.
Everyone's ears are different! Those things are torture for me. I also intensely dislike the Vox curly cable mentioned above. Serious tone suck - as in immediately obvious level. So; I only use that for jazzy neck-pickup stuff. :D

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