Guitar equipment that should never be...

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  1. BatmansMarshall

    BatmansMarshall Member

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    Angled speaker cables
    Man are these things some of the worst inventions ever. Some of these angles speaker cables are too easy to slide out because they are pressing against the input socket rim if it's an indentation. No fun for big wattage amps if that happens.

    I dunno maybe it works for some? I had to replace mine with straights.

    So this got me thinking... anyone else knows of some guitar equipment that they think should never be? Maybe do a thread on it.
     
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    zachman Well-Known Member

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    Meh...

    That falls to 'Use the correct tool for the job'-- as I see it. Angled ends have a place
     
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    DOD Gonkulator (although you need it to play the South Park theme song)
    Boss Spectrum pedal SP-1
    Boss Hand Clapper HC-2
     
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    Solid state distortion pedals get my vote.

    :noway:
     
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    (out of) 'Pitch pipes' for tuning! (anyone remember?)

    I was given one to tune my first guitar in 1975. All very useful if you want to adjust your instrument to sound like a tone-deaf goose being strangled.

    [​IMG]

    Even in a pre-digital world, a tuning fork would have been a better tool for me to adopt.
     
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    :applause::rofl:
     
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    You are too pleasant, and refrain nicely.
     
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    :cheers:
    Well... using, & building pedal boards and racks with pedal trays perhaps just gives me a wider perspective as to the uses.

    :shrug:
     
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    Angled ends are fine... but "speaker cable" angled ends are something else entirely. Just google "Guitar cabinet rear input" and at look images. Such a high % are indented. They are "speaker cables" so designed for one purpose, this but are a big problem waiting to happen.
     
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    Angled speaker cables...? Well it depends on the application and type.
    I use angled XLR cables for my monitors.
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    Look at the back of your combo amp.
    Chances are there is an angled speaker cable plugged in.

    I wouldn't want anything else back there unless it plugged straight into the bottom of the chassis (my Champ does this).
     
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    No, they really are NOT. Your argument is that of a kindergartner arguing with a professional, so save your snarky comments.

    I REALLY don't need to look at google images. I've been using, designing and building rigs, and have been doing so professionally since the 80's, and can rely on my 1st hand experience and knowledge. Also have a degree in Electronic Engineering. ;)
    You really are arguing with the WRONG guy. :idea:

    Like I sad... use the Right tool for the job. Ex. If you're using an amp selector like a Radial Amp Selector Pedal, on a pedal board or pedal tray-- You may use an angled end speaker cable on the Radial end-- to/from the cabinet-- as opposed to at the cabinet's jack. Check out the 90 degree speaker cable connection plug, on the back of most combo amps. ;)

    Your view, in my opinion-- suffers from limited exposure to, and experience with how and why things are done-- in ways that you've apparently never ever conceived of-- which doesn't mean the tools are the problem. It's your limited understanding of how the tools can be utilized successfully, that is put into clear focus.

    Here is a pic of my rig w/ angled ends on my pedal tray-- including AC Power angled ends, and Pedal board:
     
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    JCM602 - check. The internal speaker cable is angled 90 degrees.
     
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    All my current cabs have flush mounted jacks. Angled jacks work great. Neater, less likely to get snagged or mashed in, and less stress on the cable.

    I've had cabs with recessed jacks, and of course angled isn't the right choice.

    I'm glad I have both types.
     
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    I'd rather trust a man who doesnt shout what he's found
    There's no need to sell if your homeward bound

    Genesis, the lamb lies down on broadway, the chamber of 32 doors.
     
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    See sig, re: Opinions

    No seriously, if I can help someone I try, but if I were searching for solutions, I would recommend seeking answers from those who've actually solved the riddle, as opposed to theorizing with those who have not.

    In either case, it doesn't affect my tone results, or ability to utilize gear to achieve my intended targets, so feel free to argue among yourselves about problems choosing and utilizing the right tools for the job--while blaming the gear. It's truly of no consequence to me

    :cheers:
     
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    Did anyone try googling "Guitar cabinet rear input" and got something?

    Nothing I saw indicated any issue.
     
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    The one that really irks me to no end:

    Fender Synchronized Tremolo
    Floyd Rose Tremolo
    Kahler Tremolo

    Virtually all electric guitars and basses have tremolo controls. They are called volume knobs. One exception that I know of is the Gibson Nikki Six Blackbird bass which only has a 2-way toggle switch that turns both pickups on/off - no volume or tone control.

    What's really odd is that Fender recognized his company's mistake and the Mustang and some other models correctly have a vibrato system, as do G&L and pretty much every other manufacturer since the first Bigsby unit. Yet, Fender, Floyd Rose, and Kahler continue to perpetuate the mistake.
     

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