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Voted the "Favorite Guitar Cable" in Guitar Magazine's 2009 Reader's Choice Awards, Monster Cable's Monster Rock 1/4" Straight Instrument Cable is a high-performance, application-specific cable designed to enhance sonic bite and character. Patented Time Correct windings provide a phase-aligned signal for accurate sound, and MicroFiber dielectric preserves the fast transients, clean highs, and vivid harmonics. A dense shield rejects interference and hum, and heavy-duty 24k gold-plated connectors increase conductivity.

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95% coverage copper braided shield rejects RFI and EMI for a lower noise floor and increased resolution
IsoTec vibration isolation technology further reduces handling noise
Extra-flexible Duraflex outer jacket for superior reliability and cut resistance
24k 1/4" gold-plated contact connectors with collar strain relief are durable and corrosion resistant
Multiple Time Correct windings phase align signal for natural reproduction of midrange frequencies
MicroFiber inner dielectric provides better isolation of magnetic fields for improved harmonic detail
Ergonomically contoured, heavy-duty body shell is easier to grab and offers hassle-free insertion and removal every time
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Monster LegacyMonster Rock 1/4" Straight Instrument Cable
 
4.6

(based on 132 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (105)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (34)
  • Improves sound (28)
  • Functional (26)
  • Easy to use (24)
  • GREAT QUALITY (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (27)
  • Concerts (25)
  • Back-up (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (22), Professional musician (11), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fresh Cables after 25 years.

There was one other thing that is related here worth mentioning. I have a friend who is an old sound engineer from the 70s and he knows so much about gear and wiring equipment...Read complete review

There was one other thing that is related here worth mentioning. I have a friend who is an old sound engineer from the 70s and he knows so much about gear and wiring equipment up and he told me once when he was helping me wire some rack gear that NASA did a large study strictly on wire and the differences with Gold and silver and copper connections etc... by the end of NASAs study NASA determined that wire was wire and that it didn't matter about gold or silver and that the only thing that did matter was the amount of current running through the wire and the amount of resistance the wire possesed based on it's relative size and diameter vs the current flow through it's circuit. This is NASA for their space shuttles. So when Monster Cable mentions the time wrap thing for mids, and considering the very minimal current used in an instrument application line, it makes me wonder how that works or what that actually is that Monster Cable advertises. I honestly don't know but I wonder what that is.
I replaced my 5150s speaker cables with these Monster brand cables (Speaker cable). The Fender cables that came with the amp also seemed decent. I could not really hear a difference with the speaker cables. But I switched my instrumnt cables. I guess the cables I was using were 25 years old and from a late 70s time zone much like myself. So now all the noise I hear is natural amp hum which is extremly minimal and nice and quiet, instead of a large hum that makes a person wonder if his rig is grounded enough or trying to isolate ground loop hums. One cable I did have was a new cable and it made more noise that anything! It should have been illegal. I threw all of these cables in the garbage. Man, I have a 20,000 dollar guitar rig and I was using out dated old lesser constructed cables fron technologies from almost 3 decades ago. Ok...all better now. Im not so sure the life time guarantee is really needed. Sounds nice but unless you pinch it on some gear from the truck or make contact with the lawn mower I think thats pretty much a propaganda thing. One review mentioned that Monster Cable was contacted for customer service and he claimed he was dissatisified. I cannot say one way or the other as I have not needed to inquire for Monster Cable's statement of "Life time" replacement. I still need to buy some more of these instrument cables in shorter length sizes for different applications though. I noticed that their was another named brand of high reputation and a 21ft cable cost nearly $200.00. I didn't want to spend that kind of money and judging by the way the Monster cables sound I was pleased. At GC I would have paid much more for these Monster cables too actually compared to Musician's Friend. I have heard that both are one in the same but the price of ordering 4 instrument cables was much less compared to walking in locally.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Don't get your hopes up ...

Monster cables are supposed to be guaranteed for life. But, try and have them make good on it. I have three guitar cables I bought in 2005 and all three have lost continuity...Read complete review

Monster cables are supposed to be guaranteed for life. But, try and have them make good on it. I have three guitar cables I bought in 2005 and all three have lost continuity just outside the screw-on barrel (likely from bending over time). I called Monster to see what it takes to replace them ... after three weeks, they sent me an 800 number and told me to be prepared and have my receipts ready when I call. I bought these in 2005 at a store that is now out of business. Who in the world saves receipts for guitar cables, aspecially after 7 years. Buy Mogami, Whirlwind or DiMarzio. They're likely to last much longer ... never had a problem with any of them.
Theoretically noise free, low capacitance.
Appear to be sturdy, the wires are potted in at the connector, but that's not the weak spot. It's outside the screw-on barrel.
Grossly overpriced for what you get and the life of the cable.

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(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Don't get your hopes up ...

By Garvoon

from Maryland

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Comments about Monster Legacy Monster Rock 1/4" Straight Instrument Cable:

Monster cables are supposed to be guaranteed for life. But, try and have them make good on it. I have three guitar cables I bought in 2005 and all three have lost continuity just outside the screw-on barrel (likely from bending over time). I called Monster to see what it takes to replace them ... after three weeks, they sent me an 800 number and told me to be prepared and have my receipts ready when I call. I bought these in 2005 at a store that is now out of business. Who in the world saves receipts for guitar cables, aspecially after 7 years. Buy Mogami, Whirlwind or DiMarzio. They're likely to last much longer ... never had a problem with any of them.
Theoretically noise free, low capacitance.
Appear to be sturdy, the wires are potted in at the connector, but that's not the weak spot. It's outside the screw-on barrel.
Grossly overpriced for what you get and the life of the cable.

(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

I don't see it.

By Pokagbamo

from Alliance, OH

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Comments about Monster Legacy Monster Rock 1/4" Straight Instrument Cable:

I read a lot of reviews saying how this creates an improvement in sound quality and is a fantastic cord. I don't see the difference between this and any other generic cord. This cord is very bulky and hard to bend to keep it out of your way, and it doesn't seem to improve sound quality at all. These cords are also extremely expensive and I really haven't seen an explanation as to why they are so expensive. The only thing that seems to redeem it is the lifetime warranty.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

What a Difference

By Micaahh2

from PHILADELPHIA, PA

About Me Experienced

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Monster Legacy Monster Rock 1/4" Straight Instrument Cable:

    Bought these cables for my pedalboard, wow what a difference. I gained all kinds of highend, increased fequency response, and improved overall sensitivity, it's like adding an additional knob on my amp called "undamping" I needed to make adjustments to my tone controls after installng these cables, how did I play without them.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    No more hum

    By Danny Hemphill

    from Broomfield, Colorado

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    Comments about Monster Legacy Monster Rock 1/4" Straight Instrument Cable:

    See above comment.
    I recently purchased a Gibson Les Paul Studio Silverburst from MF and when I plugged it in to my Fender Mustang II amp with my old cable I could hear a constant hum. It was definately worse than the hum from my Epi SG, which can probably be explained by the fact that the LP has superior pickups. It was obvious as soon as I opened the Monster cable package that it was constucted of much heavier materials. I plugged it in, turned on the switch and nothing, no hum or static noise at all. THe moral is, buy a cheap cable and you have a cheap cable - buy a quality cable and you have a quality cable. The Monster cable is definately a quality cable.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good cable for tighter playing.

    By Ampbox

    from MD, USA

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    Comments about Monster Legacy Monster Rock 1/4" Straight Instrument Cable:

    Every player has his or her own signature sound. We all just need to find the cable that suits us best. I needed a tighter response in the bass than I was getting from another cable I was using. The Monster Rock cable is suitable for high gain music and is fairly quiet. Now I can confidently share my music with the world.
    Gold-plated cable ends. Comes in straight and right-angled ends.
    Had mine for years and hasn't broken down on me yet.
    Monster 'Rock' cables are of great value if you play music that requires tighter playing. I play high gain Metal and I needed the bass to be tighter. Well, the Monster Rock cable has it. You'll lose some girth in the sound compared to other cables, but you'll be able to play as fast and as tight as you'd like to.

    The harmonics are vivid and that works fantastically for high gain and sustain situations. The cable also has a bite that'll make your tone all the more menacing.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great cable

    By Jack1991

    from Lonestar State

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Monster Legacy Monster Rock 1/4" Straight Instrument Cable:

      monster cables use the best materials creating the ultimate sound quality and a product that lasts forever. No worries after purchase, just plug in and play!!!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      ultimate cable

      By Turtle

      from Fort Lauderdale,Fl

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • GREAT QUALITY
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • All the time
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Monster Legacy Monster Rock 1/4" Straight Instrument Cable:

        These Monster Rock cables are simply the best!Quiet, no microphoneics,heavy duty cable,makes your guitar sound fuller.What else do you need?

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        it,s a must have.

        By THE MEADOWBROOK DRIVE BAND

        from DANBURY CT

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Monster Legacy Monster Rock 1/4" Straight Instrument Cable:

          IT,S A NEED TO HAVE. IF YOU HAVE A BAND.

          SO GET SOME. AND JAM.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          simply great cables

          By AJ

          from Baltimore, Md

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Good Quality
          • Good Signal

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Monster Legacy Monster Rock 1/4" Straight Instrument Cable:

              I have used this cable for 6 years running them from guitar to pedalboard, and pedalboard to amps. I love these cables and Ive never had to worry about them at all...very reliable. And mine are so flexible and "worn in" now that they are easy to coil up, and always lay flat on the floor (unlike some cables that are stiff and dont lay flat on the ground so your bass player always trips on them.)

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              You get what you pay for

              By bluescat2012

              from Hollywood, CA

              About Me Professional Musician

              See all my reviews

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Monster Legacy Monster Rock 1/4" Straight Instrument Cable:

                  I've been using a few of these for about 2 years now and I have zero complaints. They just hold up forever, almost indestructible. The first thing I noticed when I got mine was I plugged straight into the amp and compared the sound with that of my old generic cable; unbelievable! It was like I had a new guitar and a new amp! I had no idea how much signal I was losing through my pedals and the long cables. A rule of thumb is the shorter the cables the better the sound. I would never use anything over 12' now. Little monsters connect my pedals (about 4 of them). My favorite player, who's last name is Henderson, uses a 6' cable on his guitar to his pedals, and the same length to the amp. You really can hear the difference. There are a few expensive high-end cables out there that are worth the money in the long run. Get one! (or two) They ARE worth every penny!

                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Greatest chord made by man.

                  By logan clough

                  from Florida

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                  Comments about Monster Legacy Monster Rock 1/4" Straight Instrument Cable:

                  This is a great chord ive had it for about a year now and it has still held up. If you thrash a lot on stage these are good for you, because a normal cheap chord usually lasted me 3 months
                  Amazing Quality. I swear these things can hold up during anything you put to them.
                  Kind of expensive, but worth it.

                  (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  wkh

                  By H Bush

                  from Winterville, NC

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                  Comments about Monster Legacy Monster Rock 1/4" Straight Instrument Cable:

                  This cable has eliminated the noise coming through to my Crate V16 Palomino Class A tube amp. The other cables I own pick up too much background electrical noise. I highly recommend this cable. It is well worth the money paid.

                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Cable

                  By MrBssMn

                  from Illinois

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                  Comments about Monster Legacy Monster Rock 1/4" Straight Instrument Cable:

                  This is a great cable. It is heavy duty and sounds great. The sound man will love you for providing such a clean signal. The one and only issue I have with it is it has a tendency to twist up on stage. It definitely does not always lie flat. You have to be mindful of it.
                  They are very proud of this cable. It is a lot of money for a cable but the warranty makes up for it.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Fresh Cables after 25 years.

                  By DragonFlySlayer

                  from Fresno Calif

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                  Comments about Monster Legacy Monster Rock 1/4" Straight Instrument Cable:

                  There was one other thing that is related here worth mentioning. I have a friend who is an old sound engineer from the 70s and he knows so much about gear and wiring equipment up and he told me once when he was helping me wire some rack gear that NASA did a large study strictly on wire and the differences with Gold and silver and copper connections etc... by the end of NASAs study NASA determined that wire was wire and that it didn't matter about gold or silver and that the only thing that did matter was the amount of current running through the wire and the amount of resistance the wire possesed based on it's relative size and diameter vs the current flow through it's circuit. This is NASA for their space shuttles. So when Monster Cable mentions the time wrap thing for mids, and considering the very minimal current used in an instrument application line, it makes me wonder how that works or what that actually is that Monster Cable advertises. I honestly don't know but I wonder what that is.
                  I replaced my 5150s speaker cables with these Monster brand cables (Speaker cable). The Fender cables that came with the amp also seemed decent. I could not really hear a difference with the speaker cables. But I switched my instrumnt cables. I guess the cables I was using were 25 years old and from a late 70s time zone much like myself. So now all the noise I hear is natural amp hum which is extremly minimal and nice and quiet, instead of a large hum that makes a person wonder if his rig is grounded enough or trying to isolate ground loop hums. One cable I did have was a new cable and it made more noise that anything! It should have been illegal. I threw all of these cables in the garbage. Man, I have a 20,000 dollar guitar rig and I was using out dated old lesser constructed cables fron technologies from almost 3 decades ago. Ok...all better now. Im not so sure the life time guarantee is really needed. Sounds nice but unless you pinch it on some gear from the truck or make contact with the lawn mower I think thats pretty much a propaganda thing. One review mentioned that Monster Cable was contacted for customer service and he claimed he was dissatisified. I cannot say one way or the other as I have not needed to inquire for Monster Cable's statement of "Life time" replacement. I still need to buy some more of these instrument cables in shorter length sizes for different applications though. I noticed that their was another named brand of high reputation and a 21ft cable cost nearly $200.00. I didn't want to spend that kind of money and judging by the way the Monster cables sound I was pleased. At GC I would have paid much more for these Monster cables too actually compared to Musician's Friend. I have heard that both are one in the same but the price of ordering 4 instrument cables was much less compared to walking in locally.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Overrated - Don't waste your money

                  By GtrPlyrinDel

                  from Delaware

                  See all my reviews

                  Comments about Monster Legacy Monster Rock 1/4" Straight Instrument Cable:

                  Moster Cables are way overrated. I had the 21 foot cable for about 3 months before the tip broke off in my tuner!?!?! I've had some really cheap cables in over 30 years of playing and I have never seen a tip break off like that when its under no stress at all. But I figured it was a fluke and besides there's a lifetime warranty right? Well, I returned the cable back in March...7 months later (October) I still do not have my replacement cable! Great warranty Monster! Thanks for nothing!

                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Great Cable

                  By Scott Criss

                  from Dayton Ohio

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                  Comments about Monster Legacy Monster Rock 1/4" Straight Instrument Cable:

                  Overall, this cable is 100% quality. You can feel the difference in thickness...they have certainly shielded it very well. I have only had mine since Christmas so i cannot vouch for it's longevity yet, but judging by the way if feels (and sounds) it seems like a sure thing.
                  This cable was like night and day compared to the cheapo cable i had been using...no hum or background noise.
                  I marked this down for value, because i still have a problem with paying this much for an instrument cable...if you can afford it, it is well worth it. Probably not for your beginner garage musician without a steady paycheck.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Great cables, poor advertisment

                  By Trpt4God

                  from Indiana

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Quality

                  Cons

                  • Poorly Marked On Web Site

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Monster Legacy Monster Rock 1/4" Straight Instrument Cable:

                    These cables appeared to be marked as instrument cables, but when they arrived they were 1.5 ft long and not 15 ft long. They function only as patch cords, not as instrument cables. Good thing I need a pair of patch cords for the studio as well.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Good Cables

                    By Mike Abbs

                    from New Jersey

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                    Pros

                    • Good Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Monster Legacy Monster Rock 1/4" Straight Instrument Cable:

                      These are good cables. Own quite a few and have no issues with any of them. Caught my dog using one as a chew toy, and it still works flawlessly. I have no problem spending the money for a cable that will hold up as well as these.

                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Nice guitar cable

                      By WL

                      from Blacksburg, VA

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Quality
                      • Sturdy

                      Cons

                      • Price
                      • Red Sticker

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Monster Legacy Monster Rock 1/4" Straight Instrument Cable:

                      Overall, it is very nice guitar cable.
                      It last long, works fine, looks good.
                      The only problem I had so far, is the red sticker around gold plug (with monster cable logo on it).
                      After 1-2 years of use, sticker from one end starting to peel off and its kinda ugly.
                      Just a minor thing.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Monster cables rock!

                      By littleb

                      from Hillsdale MI

                      About Me Experienced

                      See all my reviews

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Functional
                      • Good Quality
                      • Improves Sound

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Monster Legacy Monster Rock 1/4" Straight Instrument Cable:

                          These cables are the best on the market and are guaranteed for life.

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