Testing the Hi-Cap 125 against my Klotz cable revealed a more defined and coherent sound, subjectively, more of the tone I want—a pleasant improvement. The rig used was a Strat fitted with single coil Kent Armstrong pickups and a vintage Fender Tweed fitted with Jensen C12N speaker. I do a fair amount of recording of guitars to make sound clips to demonstrate Effectrode effects pedals. Many of the clips are recorded direct and the cable really helps to improve the tone of my Strat which does tend to sound thin especially on the bridge pickup position. I always find recording good overdriven guitar sounds direct a challenge as the smooth compressed, magical tone of a real tube amp isn’t there and also the ‘feel’ and response of the amp interaction with my guitar playing is lost—I need every little bit of help I can get when recording direct and this cable does help.
When using a good tube amp and guitar the last thing you want to do is compromise your tone quality by using poor cables and cheap electronics your signal path. I’ve spent years ‘designing out’ shortcomings of effects such as replacing electrolytic coupling capacitors with polyester types, using low noise instrumentation grade resistors and high voltage thermionic tubes instead of opmps or transistors. For me this cable is the icing on the cake for my setup—the build quality is superlative and I’m looking forward to it helping me record exceptional guitar tones for at least the next 30 years.
For more information about Hi-Cap 125 and Lo-Cap 55 (Gibson players, Van Damme hasn’t forgotten about you!) cables contact Niall Holden VDC Trading Ltd. (make sure you request Neutrik nickel plated connectors though) at:
VDC Trading Ltd.
4 Brandon Road
Kings Cross, London
Phone: +44 (0)20 7700 2777
Further, for a more comprehensive explanation of how capacitive and resistive loading affect guitar tone I highly recommend reading ‘The Secrets Of Electric Guitar Pickups” by Helmuth E.W. Lemme.