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Vox vs Bullet Coil Cable

Discussion in 'Other Guitar Discussion' started by RyanDangerMcCall, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. RyanDangerMcCall

    RyanDangerMcCall New Member!

    Age:
    29
    6
    Oct 30, 2017
    Stillwater, Oklahoma
    I couldn't decide on the VOX or Bullet coil cable. So I bought both and did my own review. The Bullet is brighter and clearer. The VOX is darker and seems to sounded gainer. Both are cool and sound great. Maybe this can help someone who, like me, couldn't decide which one to get. I'm using a 1965 Telecaster.

     

  2. Paperback Rocker

    Paperback Rocker Nitro-mancer Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 18, 2014
    Victoria TX
    My Fender coil cord was unusable due to the noise. Never had a loud cable like that.
     

  3. Frankg11

    Frankg11 Strat-Talker

    379
    Feb 10, 2010
    D.C./L.A./Seattle
    Umm... I use the Fender Coily, works great for me.
     
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  4. h4ck.b0x7

    h4ck.b0x7 Strat-Talker

    129
    Jan 13, 2012
    Detroit, MI
    Check out Divine Noise.
     

  5. stratcpo

    stratcpo Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    64
    Jan 19, 2010
    south texas USA
    I have a Vox coiled cable I've used for the past 10 or 12 years, works great and no noise. ENJOY!!!
     

  6. StillAlive&Well

    StillAlive&Well Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    60
    Oct 4, 2014
    Frog, Texas
    I have a Lava retro coil with the silent tip. Love it.
     
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  7. Stormy Monday

    Stormy Monday Fa-ra-ra-ra-raaa, ra ra ra raa! Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 19, 2011
    red barn, USA
    ditto
     

  8. sam_in_cali

    sam_in_cali Scream for me Strat-Talk! Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 21, 2014
    Santa Maria, CA
    I have a bullet cable and its held up pretty well considering it was a replacement for one that developed a break at the solder joint. Bullet was cool about replacing it no problem. I do notice it knocks down the highs just a bit compared to a non-coily cable but other than that and being quite heavy, its just another cable to me.
     

  9. h4ck.b0x7

    h4ck.b0x7 Strat-Talker

    129
    Jan 13, 2012
    Detroit, MI
    I have a bunch of Lava cables and they are GREAT, but I have fell in love with the Divine Noise offering. The material and elasticity of the Divine Noise are a step above. Most of the Lava cables are great playing out but they don't tend to lay flat in a smaller area. The lava coil cable may be an exception as I don't have one of those.
     

  10. StillAlive&Well

    StillAlive&Well Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    60
    Oct 4, 2014
    Frog, Texas
    I'll have to check 'em out.
     

  11. RyanDangerMcCall

    RyanDangerMcCall New Member!

    Age:
    29
    6
    Oct 30, 2017
    Stillwater, Oklahoma
    Ive never heard of them. I'll have to look them up.
     

  12. martynrss2

    martynrss2 Strat-Talker

    235
    Feb 9, 2010
    Aberdeen

  13. inra311

    inra311 Strat-Talker

    235
    Oct 12, 2008
    Europe
    I have both the Vox and Bullet spiral cable. Both are great but I can confirm that the Vox is darker. It is about 1000pF I think. This is the reason - I think the only one - why cables sound different, some are 300pF, some are 1000pF. This capacitance depends on the length AND on the distance between inner lead and the shielding.

    It is a matter of taste which to prefer. Fact is that the 'ideal' cable with 0 pF does not sound the way we like a Strat to sound like.
     

  14. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    51
    Nov 14, 2013
    Alabama
    Also ditto.

    The Vox cable has more capacitance than the Bullet or Lava cable, hence the darker sound.
    The coil cable does lay flat. And the thing I have found that I like about coiled cables is that they never get tangled up.
     

  15. Robins

    Robins Dr. von Loudster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 22, 2010
    Germany
    Hendrix loved his coiled cables because they changed the tone of his Strat a lot.
    Cables are a part of the tone chain.

    Life is good,
    Robin
     

  16. Stratoholic

    Stratoholic Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 30, 2010
    somewhere
    Every coil cable I've ever used just sucked the life out of my guitar's signal.
     

  17. oatsoda

    oatsoda Puck of Paradox Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    49
    Jul 10, 2011
    The Shack, Nova Scotia
    No coily confusion for me, I'm still getting great service from the 8mm turd-brown Hot Wires I bought back in '85.
     
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  18. Hairy Bear

    Hairy Bear Strat Fumbler Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    64
    267
    Nov 30, 2010
    The stolen land of the Iceni
    Brian May, "the man with the curly hair and the curly guitar lead", uses coil cables, sometimes of great length. Running through a treble booster they're part of his signature sound. The booster compensates for the frequency losses from the lead capacitance.