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Does anyone else find the Variax digital cable much stiffer than a traditional guitar cable?
by keef_usa on 2013-03-13 09:28:07

Hi, this may look like an odd / dumb question; I just got an old Variax 600 yesterday off eBay, and I find the Variax digital cable very stiff and unwieldy when I think of using that rig at a gig amongst other players / listeners / waitrons etc. I've always been fussy about cables being overly "kinky." The fact that it's 25 feet is great but if it doesn't straighten very easily you're onstage with 25 feet of cumbersome cable that is really Ethernet cable more than your usual guitar cord.

Second question, if you grant the premise of the first question: what to do? Are there any old folk remedies for this kind of thing, similar to the old 'boil the guitar strings / boil the cd' trick? I'm not about to boil the 'digital cable' though.

Thanks all.



Re: Does anyone else find the Variax digital cable much stiffer than a traditional guitar cable?
by silverhead on 2013-03-13 10:11:38

Yes - it is undeniably much stiffer than a normal guitar cable. It loosens up over time, but many players prefer to use a technically equivalent cable from a different manufacturer. Here is a recent thread about that:

http://line6.com/support/message/405355#405355">http://line6.com/support/message/405355#405355">http://line6.com/support/message/405355#405355

There have been other threads like this too. Do a search, and pay attention to the 'More Like This'  panel on the right hand side of the page.



Re: Does anyone else find the Variax digital cable much stiffer than a traditional guitar cable?
by clay-man on 2013-03-13 23:29:06

I think they wanted to make it very durable. The cable's exterior casing is probably thick, and of course it has a lot of interior wires because it's a CAT5 cable, so it'll probably feel thick.

Has anyone ever tried other CAT5 cables with the Variax?

By the way, congrats on getting a Variax, i got a 600 too off of ebay a few months ago myself, love it!



Re: Does anyone else find the Variax digital cable much stiffer than a traditional guitar cable?
by keef_usa on 2013-03-14 18:12:53

Thanks for the help. Sometimes my old brain doesn't take in every little piece of a webpage like the 'more like this' box.



Re: Does anyone else find the Variax digital cable much stiffer than a traditional guitar cable?
by keef_usa on 2013-03-14 18:24:13

Thanks, brother. Turns out there are already a couple threads on the subject,

http://line6.com/support/message/405355#405355


and


http://line6.com/support/message/356462#356462">http://line6.com/support/message/356462#356462">http://line6.com/support/message/356462#356462

Take care.




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