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Monster Cable Monster Rock 1/4" Straight Instrument Cable  

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    Monster Cable

    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.

    Features
    • 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
     
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    Monster CableMonster 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

      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.

      Reviewed by 132 customers

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      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 Cable 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.

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        4.0

        Great for what it made for

        By Kristo

        from New York

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Functional
        • Good Quality

        Cons

        • Fair

        Best Uses

        • Band And Churches
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

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

        It's surely a great product. I bought it by mistake. I needed a cable for my bass guitar, but I'm using for other purposes, like with my tuner because it happenned to be to short. I reoder and just receive the right one.

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        5.0

        Superior Cable

        By Lunk

        from Colorado Springs, CO

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Any
        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

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

        First one I bought from this brand, seems very worthy. I usually buy Lava everything, but this was a good call!

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        5.0

        Very nice

        By EbFuego

        from Arlington, WA.

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

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

          Very pricey but a great price here

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          5.0

          Great product

          By J.W. Mayfield

          from Bedford, Texas 76021

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

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

            Great guitar cable, now I have the length in a cable to move around while practicing or at work.

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            5.0

            Monster!

            By Fatheadcookie

            from Indianapolis

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            Pros

            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

            • None Found

            Best Uses

            • Between Guitar And Amp

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

            Yes there are cheaper cables (I've owned most of them) but they do not hold up or keep your tone clear like these do.

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            5.0

            BUY THE$E CABLE$

            By SickWilly6

            from Cumberland, RI

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            Pros

            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

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

              I got some monster patch cables & they completely stopped the buzzing/unwanted noise coming from my pedal board. They live up to their good rep.
              By the by I got an 8" straight ended monster cable & it is the perfect fit for connecting my orange micro terror practice amp to my orange PPC108 8" cab. It fits like a glove, just long enough.

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              5.0

              Very hearty cord, good signal transfer

              By Surfdog

              from Austin

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              Pros

              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  I've been upgrading cables in my home studio. These 'Monsters' really are the ticket. Gold ends,sturdy & reliable. Good signal transfer and can take bumps and drops.

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                  5.0

                  Amazing!

                  By GEngland

                  from West Virginia

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                  Pros

                  • Good Quality
                  • Improves Sound
                  • No Noise
                  • Price

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Church

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

                  I usually don't take the time to write reviews for products but I just had to for this one. Our bass player at church has been fighting with a lot of buzz from his instrument lately and we knew it wasn't the amp because neither of my two basses had the same problem. I played this cable for the first time last week on my own bass and amp and noticed an immediate improvement to an already sufficient sound but when we put this cable on my friends rig there was an unbelievable reduction in the buzz in the amp! I would say a 98% improvement! Great cable, won't own anything else from this day forward.

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                  5.0

                  Great cable!

                  By Rocker103

                  from Mason, OH

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing
                    • Studio

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

                    Very good quality cable. I've been using Monster's in the studio, & live now for 7 years. Just picked up another 21' Rock cable to use on stage this year. Normally I would use 500 Performer series for live, & Rock series for studio, but at the sale price I just paid I can afford to use the best of the best in both worlds! Having good quality cables gives you piece of mind. Less stress is a good thing!

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