A vital part of the signal chain that is often overlooked is cable quality. Guitar cables vary in design & materials used, but most are slight variations of each other. Some guitarists don’t hear much of a difference between cables and can’t justify spending extra money on better cables. That’s fine. Other guitarists swear by certain cables. Hey, as long as your achieving the right state of mind. Nothing to obsess about, but worth a little investigation using this list below.
Founded in the late 1990s, Evidence Audio makes some of the best boutique guitar cables on the market today. They poured two decades of guitar cable research and technological advancements into creating groundbreaking cables that keep your tone sparkling clean all the way to the guitar amp. Buy Used >>
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BackAxe makes a backpack style carrying system for transporting your guitar (in its hardshell case) with ease. It’s simple, but groundbreaking. The backpack system is easily adjustable per the dimensions of your particular guitar case.
Big Bends makes a commonly-used string lubricant called Nut Sauce, which is designed to better balance your instruments tuning and prolong string life. Nut sauce can be used on electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar and even classical instruments like cello, viola and violin.
Bigheart Slides offers more than a dozen different styles of guitar slides, using different materials, and manufactured in a variety of slide shapes that help satisfy a wide range of slide guitar playing styles.
BoloPick makes unusual pick holders that can hold either a single pick or multiple guitar picks, and feature a loop that can be attached to a necklace for making a fashion statement. Chicks will dig it. Dudes…probably not so much. Well, maybe the hipsters in Brooklyn…until someone else has one, then they’ll be uncool.
CAE still makes their legendary CB1 unity-gain buffer preamp that helps an electric retain a strong signal through a long travel path. It was designed by John Cutler of CAE Sound especially for Jerry Garcia since he ran a huge guitar rig and needed to keep his guitar signal strong. So if you have a big guitar rig or a lot of true bypass pedals, this is a handle little device that is wired to the output of your guitar (inside the guitar). It is battery powered. We’ve personally used one for years at SSS and think it really helps improve the guitar tone while keeping the signal strong.
C-Tech manufactures a very cool headphone camp called the Pocket Rockit which features clean and distorted guitar tones along with numerous onboard effects. It plugs directly into your guitar’s output jack and features an 1/8 inch headphone jack for connecting headphones ofyour choice.
Carricoís Musical Revelations takes a unique approach to the guitar gear industry. They manufacture acoustic guitar endpins that actually enhance the guitar’s tone. The product is called the EZ-Peg. It somehow helps the guitar sustain longer and have a more brilliant tone. The acoustic guitar will also stay in tune longer. They cost around $35 for a set of 6 endpins.
TFI manufactures Cord-Lox (which is a velcro strap to keep guitar cables orderly when stored), the Coil’n Carry (which is a velcro cable strap with a handle for easy portability), and Rack-ups (which help keep cables organized when stored on a rack).
Beyond their industry-leading guitar switching systems, Custom Audio Electronics also manufacturers pedal lifters, power supplies and line mixers to assist with big guitar rigs.
Custom Inlay is run by Brian England, who creates artistic custom inlays for endpins and fretboards and more. Their inlays are commonly used on mandolins and banjos.
George L offers their award winning cable and plugs (no soldering required!), steel guitar accessories, pop-in pick ups and other great items. They are most known as the creator of solderless guitar cables, a concept which has been copied and altered by several other guitar cable manufacturers in business today.
Italia Straps makes very fine leather guitar straps that are comfortable and stylish. Their guitar straps come in two width sizes: 2.5 inches and 4 inches.
Lava Cable is one of the better boutique guitar cable companies helping to keep rigs quiet and tonally optimal. They feature an enormous line of guitar cables (Standard, Studio, Premium, etc.), cable plugs, cable kits and more. These are some of the best.
Pickguard Haven makes guitar pickguard replacements for most all modern and vintage guitars, covering brands like Fender, Gibson, Godin, Hofner, Gretsch, National and more. If you broke your pickguard, stat your search here.
Reunion Blues makes very nice leather instrument bags along with some cozy merino wool straps that will make guitar playing a more comfortable experience. We use one of these guitar straps at Six String Soul and love it.
VHT manufactures the Valvulator. The Vavluator solves the problem of signal loss when running a large amount of guitar effects pedals or long guitar cables by means of a tube-based buffer circuit that turns your guitar’s signal into a low impedance signal that is ready to travel any length to your guitar amp and keep your tone strong.