June 26, 2019
Using instrument cables of the proper length can both help your sound and make your stage setup look neater. They can also help you perform better too, as having to stand close to your amp or pedalboard because you didn’t bring long enough cables can really put a damper on your show. There are a few simple guidelines to follow, whether you’re putting together your first gig rig or re-evaluating your current setup.
If you’re never played at a certain venue before, it helps to do your research and find out what the stage layout is. For instance, if the provided backline is placed all the way back behind your drummer, or the stage is oddly shaped, you’re going to need to bring some longer cables, lest you end up standing five feet in front of your amp while the rest of your band works the front of the stage.
There are some additional things to keep in mind. For instance, sometimes there will be some situations that you will have to adapt to, such as changes in stage layout. Most of the time, you’ll be standing in front of your amp, but there may be times when your amp is placed on the opposite side of the stage, such as when the gear is backlined or the sound engineer has their mics or DI set up a particular way. It’s not common, but it does happen, and allowing yourself a little extra cord length can get you out of a sticky situation here.
That said, it’s always useful to buy a cable that’s slightly longer than what you need to allow yourself a little leeway, or better yet, if you want to be extra prepared (and have the space!) bring multiple cables of varying length. Cables are fairly inexpensive and last a long time, given that you invest in quality cables.
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