Armor Gold Cables

Great tone, low noise, virtually indestructible

Handmade in the USA - Built to LastPremium instrument cables for guitar, bass, or keys.  Handmade in the USA.

No B.S. hype here, just proven components and solid design.  Polymer outer mesh, Amphenol plugs, double layer heat shrink... the ultimate in durability.  Plus our cables are quiet, flexible, affordable, and they sound great.

Armor Gold Intros Pancake Patch Cable - Vintage Guitar Magazine

Armor Gold’s new Pancake Patch Cable is assembled using the same industrial-strength/medium-low capacitance wire as the company’s instrument cables. Their connectors are flat, and the outer mesh is removed for increased flexibility. Available in 6.5″ and 12″ lengths for connecting individual pedals, as well as 24″, 32″, and 40″ for connecting rows of pedals to each other. 

 

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Armed And Dangerous: Armor Gold Cables

What brand of instrument cable do you use?  What gauge is it?  What’s it made out of?  Where is it made?  Don’t know the answer to one or more of the questions?  You’re not alone, for many folks the only time they think about their cable is when it fails.  Sure many popular imported cables offer lifetime warranties, but what good is that when it’s go time, you’re about to hit the stage or press record and your current cable craps out?

Armor Gold Cables proudly totes the tag “Industrial Strength Cables”  What does this mean?  How tough is tough?  Is this a gimmick just to get me to drop a couple extra bucks on a cable?  In the next few paragraphs I’ll explain to you what exactly “Industrial Strength Cables” can do.

Armor Gold obliged my request to give their cables a test drive.  I took a patch cable, instrument cable and speaker cable for a spin.  First impression, Wow, these things are heavy duty.  The speaker cable boasts oversized G&H Show Saver Plugs, 12 gauge wire and a tough industrial mesh.  I plugged this between my head and cab and it was a rock solid connection.  There’s no way this thing will accidentally come out.  When it’s connected, it’s connected!

The instrument and patch cable felt great too, but remember I need to prove to you why this handmade in US cable could kick your cable’s booty!  I knew one phone call to my buddy Jim Boone would get the ball rolling on this task.

Please Note:  The series of tests surely break any and all rules of safety and a warranty.  Do not try this.  You won’t get a new cable or any sympathy for the pain you cause yourself!

 

Test One: The Knot.
I swear there’s such thing as a cable troll that sneaks into your cable bag when you’re not looking just to un-coil your cables and create one giant mess.  We let the Armor Gold sit for a few hours all knotted up.  Well, it didn’t even flinch.  One end in the guitar, the other in the amp, power, we’ve got sound. Nexxxxxt.

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After unknotting over 15 knots from our previous test, we struck up an appetite.  What happens when you turn up the heat on the Armor?  Answer, absolutely nothing.  Boiling the cable for 20 minutes didn’t even damage the heat shrink, let alone the mesh.  Quick amp check, perfect.

Please Note: Water and Electricity do NOT mix.  The cable was air dried and toweled off before it got near an amp.


Test Three:  Deep Freeze. 
If heat can’t wear the Armor Gold down what about cold?  Thanks to crew at the local Guitar Center for this suggestion.  I threw the cable in the freezer and left it there the rest of the night.  The following morning, I let it sit on the counter to warm up to room temp.  Then once again before an amp test, I wiped it down with a towel to remove any possible moisture.  You guessed it, power on, the cable still works and sounds as good as ever.

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…Now it get’s good. Real Good!

Test Four:  Tug o’ War.
Since the dog was asleep and would probably lose a tooth before this cable flinched, I stepped it up a notch…a notch somewhere in the ballpark of 1-1 1/2 ton!  That’s right, the Armor Gold can TOW A CAR.

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Note: It was a lazy Sunday afternoon on a flat, untraveled side road.

 

 

 

Bonus: Before we towed the car, we harnessed my 61 lb. Hartke Hydrive bass cab to get an idea what this thing could take. 
Don’t get the amp cruelty people on us either, we were a block away from the local Paramedics at all times!

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Final Test:  Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire!
We were fed up.  Our old cables would’ve been in envelopes paired with a nasty-gram on their way back to the manufacturer long ago.  The Armor Gold was just mocking us.  What’s left but to torch it!  We coiled up the Armor Gold threw it in a bucket with some newspaper, flammables and let it sweat it out for a minute.  Obviously flames would have eventually melted this cable (or would they?), but how far can we go?  After a minute in the flames, Smokey The Bear showed up and put out the fire.  Once again, a wipe down of excess moisture, with a fresh charred look and some mesh burnt off: IT WORKED.

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Results:
Fire, Water, Cold and a ’93 Plymouth couldn’t break this cable, odds are normal play wear can’t either!  The average 20′ instrument cable will run you $25-$30, the Armor Gold $60.  Trust me, that extra $30 says you can go back to forgetting about your cable again!

 

Please take a second to checkout Armor Gold on the web at armorgoldcables.com.

 

Armor Gold Cable Review

Theres a lot of emphasis on cables today and for good reason. Theyre a major player in your sound. I seem to remember reading a story where Dimebag Darrell had a friend who played guitar and had quite a bit of money. He had assembled quite the rig with expensive guitars, amps and pedals yet he was unsatisfied with his sound. He called up Dimebag who came over and looked over the rig and found the culprit right away. The cables.

It was silly, he said, to spend all this money on this great gear and then connect it with lousy cables. They went out, bought some new ones  high quality ones and hooked everything back up and Dimebags friend was suddenly satisfied with his tone.

Thats how the legend goes, anyway.

And theres debate over whether really expensive cables provide a quality of sound that is worth the increase in price, but one undeniable truth is that cables DO sound different. Its been proven on Six String Bliss when host PT took as many variables out of the equation possible using the same guitar, amp, pickup position, licks, microphone, microphone placement, etc and only changing out the cord. The difference was remarkable. Between some cables there was a subtle difference that you would have to REALLY focus on to hear and in others the difference was staggering. You probably couldnt pick it up in the room with all the volume and your attention dedicated to the instrument but on the recording, the difference is there and ranging from subtle to obvious.

 

Armor Gold sent me two cords to try out, a ten foot instrument cable with one straight and one right angle jack and a pedal patch cable and I was impressed by them.

For one thing, theyre thick. The cords that I normally use are the bargain basement ones with a guitar stores name printed on the side of it. Theyre wicked thin and my cats make short work of them. But Armor Gold cables are thick and feel durable. Perhaps its the outer mesh layer that they emphasize is NOT cloth and say prevents damage from stretching, pinching, bending, slicing, kinking and other common hazards of stage use. Holding it in my hands, I believe the claims. The cables are flexible and easy to move around but not flimsy in the least.

Armor Gold also seems to have struck a good balance between durability (I saw zero issues with the cables) and weight. Ive seen cables wrapped in METAL and it boggles my mind. If you were to just plug in to your guitar the weight of the cable on the jack would be ridiculous and you would be forced to plug in and then put the cord between your guitar and your strap so the weight is handled there and not by your jack. But REQUIRING someone to do that with a simple instrument cable seems a bit much to me. Not to mention you would still be lugging around all that weight in cases or bags and across stages. But AG cables are a nice light weight while still letting you know theyre there.

The name of the game with AG is durability. You only need to look at their website to see that theyre dedicated to it not only by listing everything that they do the cables to make them last (as well as what they use to make them sound good) but the last bullet they provide is that the cables have a lifetime warranty against defective materials and/or workmanship.

Thats pretty sweet too.

They say the best way to test out a cable is to plug it in and turn on your amp and then try to make the cord crackle by moving the cable around or fiddling with the area just beyond the jack. If it crackles, put it back. My AG cable was dead silent.

So lets talk money. Were all practical folks, right? Were looking for the best bang for our buck and dont want to get ripped off by shyster pillow talk or fancy buzz words. We know how much money we have and we want that moneys worth of quality. Youre in luck. The instrument cable I was sent costs $49.99 direct from the website and the pedal patch cable costs $19.95. Thats not a bad price at all when you consider the quality.

In the end, I was so impressed with these cables that I took money out of the Les Paul Refurbish fund and bought them. Im done with cheaply made cables.

You can learn more about them HERE.

Thank you to Armor Gold for sending cables to demo (and eventually buy).

-Pappy