Armed and Dangerous: Armor Gold Cables

Posted on October 25, 2010

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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.

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.

…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.

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!

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.

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 $40.  Trust me, that extra $10 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.

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