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Posted by Deman on March 28, 2001 at 13:52:59:

In Reply to: Re: Question re:instrument cable posted by El Pájaro on March 28, 2001 at 06:12:26:

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: : Interested in purchasing high quality instrument cable for bass guitar.What length is good? Presently looking at Monster studiopro1000, P500 bass,(susposedly optimized for low end bass)and Di marzio cables.
: : Sugestions or comments on these cables or others appreciated,thanks.

: Hi there,
: More than once I've heard or read longer cables tend to lose high end signal to some degree. I don't know if this makes any sense, or why (if it does). Perhaps someone can explain it here... buena suerte and keep your bass up front in the mix,

: El Pájaro

What you have heard is true. It is due to an affect known as capacitance. What is means, is that as each the signal flows down the cable, the resistance builds up. I won't get into the physics, but more resistance starts to cut high end. In a high quality cable, this is generally a very small consideration...they are designed to alleviate this affect. Active (lo-z) pickups, like emg's (the real ones) also help eliminate capacitance, since the higher the z(impedance) the faster it is attenuated(cut) at the high end. The length of your cable should be detirmined by your needs. do you need a 10 footer for recording, or a 25 footer for big stage wanderings? Let that decide.

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