Your main two thoughts when it comes to guitar cables will be:
- What length of cable should you get? And,
- Can the cable be the cheaper kind, or will you need a cable that’s got lifetime warranty?
Consideration A: Cable Length
For simple, at-home practice, I’d lean towards a shorter cable (6ft probably being the shortest you’ll want to go). Trust me, it’s nice to use a short cable because cables inevitably tangle up and, every 5 days, you’ll find yourself untangling this rat’s nest of a cable. With a short cable, you won’t be able to move around as much, but it’s much better for housekeeping.
Though, if you’d really like to have more length — say, you plan to soon jam with friends, or you like to practice while standing up and moving around — then try something longer than 6ft, like 10ft or 15ft. As the one caveat, you’ll more likely end up having to untangle your cord every now and then, so I’d still try to lean on the shorter side, if possible.
Consideration B: Think You’ll Need a Cable With Lifetime Warranty?
First off, when it comes to the cheaper cables versus the fancier cables, I’m going to be a bit radical here and suggest that you don’t fall for suggestions out there which say you need to spend more than $50 and get a fancy guitar cable.
For the most part, all the cable needs to do is take your voltage from the pickups to your amplifier; getting a more expensive cable hardly makes any difference (if any at all), apart from the fact that expensive cables will last longer (hopefully).
But, if you want cables that last a long time, you still don’t need to get a fancy, $50+ cable; lots of cable-makers these days offer lifetime warranty on their cheaper cables. You’ll get that lifetime warranty, but just have to pay a more “in-between” cost of, say, $20-$30, which is still half the price (or more) of those “boutique” cables.
So, if you’re moving around a lot with your guitar, bringing it back and forth to your friend’s place, travelling by road or plan, or taking it to shows you’re playing, then investing in a cable with lifetime warranty is probably worthwhile.
Two Suggestions for Guitar Cables
With that being said, you’ll find two suggestions here; one for the simplest, bare-bones cable which will work for you (assuming you’ll be hanging around the house); next, you’ll find a model, which also offers lifetime warranty, but it’s just a touch pricier in return.
Economical Option D’Addario NYXL Nickel Strings
Fancier Option Ernie Ball: Regular Slinky