I could go on into some very technical jargon about the merits of the Colossal Modern Classic cable but simply put it’s built like a f&*king tank and drives like a Ferrari. It’s a cable that gives the guitarist security. Knowing that your guitar tone will be sent to the amp faithfully, and will do so through thick and thin.
Steve Stevens, of Billy Idol
WHICH CABLE IS THE RIGHT ONE FOR YOU?
SweetFats – the holy grail of cables for all bass players and any guitarists who want ultra-high clarity and fullness without the harsh top end of all the other silver-plated conductors on the market. The SweetFats is crystal clear yet with a sweetness to the top end, a rounded and more extended bottom end and a punchy yet smooth mid-range. Although fantastic with active pickups, the SweetFats is absolutely phenomenal with passive pickups. From Jazz to Country Rock to Prog Rock to Blues and R&B, the SweetFats covers all styles of music exceptionally well. If you want to actually hear the character of the wood/pickup/string combination in your guitar, the SweetFats is the cable for you.
Brooklyn – a more focused, tight sounding cable with a lightning-fast attack that handles high gain, hotter pickups and 7-strings exceptionally well. From Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Prog Metal, Nu Metal to Shred. This cable is specifically designed to reduce unwanted “white noise” or “fizz” commonly associated with high gain rigs, giving the player more articulation and clarity, even when playing dissonant chords at high gain. Shredders and lead guitarists love this cable because it “tracks” very well and they feel it’s easier to solo and every note is clear.
WHY CHOOSE COLOSSAL CABLE?
Simply put: your technique will improve and you will become a better overall player. You will hear nuances in your playing style and technique that you didn’t even know existed… and that’s because, until playing through a Colossal Cable, all those little juicy bits of subtlety were being squashed and thrown away by your other cables. Colossal Cables undergo a special molecular treatment process and are hand crafted in Austin, Texas and use some of the best materials available. Each cable is outfitted with Amphenol T series (Pro Range) plugs, the toughest and sleekest plug available.
WHAT MAKES COLOSSAL CABLES SO TOUGH?
– The Amphenol T series straight connectors are made with one solid piece of die cast zinc alloy, rather than 2 pieces molded together like most straight connectors. The right angle connectors are made with two pieces of the same zinc alloy that lock together and are then sealed by us for lifetime durability.
– The Amphenol T series SwitchPlug “uses a unique 360 degree precision sliding helical spring contact design to quietly and accurately switch the signal circuit safely to ground during instrument changes under load, thereby avoiding annoying thumps, pops and squeals. The sliding ring contact self-cleans every time the plug is connected preventing excessive build up of oxidization and contamination. Activation is directly off the jacks full front face assuring a positive reference point every time, and as it works instantaneously on the main circuits there is no need for the use of magnets or other elaborate switching mechanisms.”
– A heavy duty metal back shell is used rather than the cheap plastic back shells – so no plastic touching metal and no chance of the cables loosening from weakened plastic.
– The patented “Jaws” 3-point locking cable clamp adds the best 1/4″ audio plug strain relief on the market and ensures years of use with no issues whether on the road, stage or studio.
– Precision machined contact points with the largest solder area for the ground contact than any other 1/4″ connector
– Insulator is made from a modified PPE Resin
Next we have a tough mesh jacket that has a wide operating temperature range, is resistant to chemical degradation, UV radiation and abrasion. This mesh jacket keeps your cable from being cut, crimped, tangled on itself and makes for easy wrap up with less “stage dirt” on ones hands which results in extended longevity of your investment. Finally, heat shrink is applied over the connectors which does two things: One, it keeps the back shell from ever coming loose, keeping the connector snug and tight. Two, an extended strain relief which keeps the cable from being pinched or crimped while being looped through and around the guitar strap.
WHY DO COLOSSAL CABLES SOUND SO GOOD?
The truth is, they don’t “sound” good – it’s your guitar and strings and amp and even choice of pick… and your playing style. You are just hearing it all now. You removed the proverbial “wet towel” from the front of your speakers. You can actually hear everything now! So again, you’re not hearing the cables… you are hearing YOU. But, since you asked, here are the technical reasons:
Hand soldered with ultra pure quad eutectic silver solder. Eutectic denotes the number of elements that are mixed in the solder. So quad eutectic means 4 elements: Tin, Lead, Silver and Copper. The proprietary blend of these elements increases conductivity and results in a stronger and longer-lasting solder joint. However, all solder is porous and therefore doesn’t provide a smooth pathway for the electrical current, causing loss of conductivity and a sense of “poor tracking” or “attack” from the cable. Those solder joints then undergo a molecular treatment process, much like pore-free reflow soldering, that then further enhances conductivity and seals the joint from oxidation.
And now on to the conductors – the cable itself.
For the SweetFats, a silver plated copper conductor/cable is used. Silver has lower resistivity than copper. In other words, silver has less resistance to a signal than copper does. Because of this fact, a signal will travel farther along silver than the signal will travel along copper. Because it has a gain of 7%-10% in conductance, the transfer of data is better with silver plated copper center conductors than it is with copper center conductors.
For the Brooklyn, a bare annealed linear crystal oxygen free copper (OFC) conductor is used. OFC is produced through an extrusion process which takes place in an oxygen-free-inert-gas atmosphere. This leads to a reduced oxygen content (10ppm) when compared to TPC (Tough Pitch Copper) and an improvement in conductivity. The annealed process is when the copper is reheated after the oxygen extrusion process reducing even more impurities that may still be present, normal copper has 300 to 500ppm. Less impurities translates to a clearer signal.
For the Colossus, an OFC cryogenically frozen pure copper conductor is used. The copper is subjected to a cryogenic freeze that changes the molecular structure and makes the cable more stable an improves signal transfer. The result is a speaker cable that offers a wider range in the sonic spectrum
So what does all this technical stuff mean for the player who just wants the best tone they can find? It means that playing through a Colossal Cable is the closest thing to hard-wiring your guitar pickups to the input of your amp… but that’s a topic for another day.