Van Damme Silver Series
Lo-Cap 55 cable £71.46 (3 metres)
A cable with claims that are both measurable and audible
“Ours sound better than everyone else’s!” So says every cable manufacturer, presenting a wood-for-the-trees situation for us punters. Well then here’s a thing – a cable that explains why that sound is different, not necessarily ‘better’. There are two burning issues when it comes to guitar cables. The first is minimising extraneous noise (the vast majority of quality cables have that sorted) and the second is audio integrity, which is the biggest bone of contention. To the point: Van Damme’s Lo-Cap 55 cable delivers 55p/F per metre, which is low in capacitance terms, and this therefore has minimal effect on high-end roll-off. Additionally, there are Flat-Cap (90, £53.58) and Hi-Cap (125, £55.41) versions available.
In Use If your guitar has regular single coils or humbuckers (especially vintage types, but not active pickups) the Lo-Cap 55 cable has a discernible tonal effect. We A/B’d it with regular George L’s, Planet Waves and Whirlwind leads of the same length using the new Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (reviewed on p104). Trebles are noticeably clearer and stronger – partly what we expected – but the more surprising revelation is the clearer, more solid bass. A simple difference, and plain to hear in studio conditions.
Verdict With foamed polyethelene insulation, bare silver-plated pure oxygen-free copper wire for the conductor and second screen, this is a classy cable. The Lo-Cap 55 will be overkill in the sonic melee of pub and club gigs, especially if you have a pedalboard. However, if you’re recording with top quality gear and you want the most information to get from your guitar to your amp, with minimal colouration and signal degradation (not everybody does), this cable comes very highly recommended. [Matt Taylor]