Proper Care and Feeding of Death
Valley Cable Company TS guitar cables
1. First and foremost, DO NOT unplug the cable from your guitar or amp by jerking on the cable. Unplug the cable by pulling on either metal plug. Unplugging the cable by pulling on the cable will cause the cable to fail prematurely.
How can we tell the cable was pulled and not the plug? Because the cable will fail eventually at the clamp inside the plug housing, and it’s really easy to see that’s the reason it failed. There’s only one action that causes the cable to fail at the clamp, and that’s because the cable was repeatedly pulled to unplug it, OR it was jerked once with superhuman strength. Nothing else causes that damage.
It would be so much easier to unplug the cable from across the room by jerking on the cable, we agree. But it will eventually render the cable inoperable, possibly during your solo in “Stairway to Heaven” with record execs in attendance, so just say no to unplugging that way, and save the embarrassment of label execs laughing at you and yelling rude things, not to mention losing the multi-million dollar recording contract.
2. If your Death Valley Cable Company cable becomes dirty, wipe it down with warm water and a paper/cloth towel. If you must, add a tiny amount of dish soap to the water. DO NOT wipe your cable down with solvents or strong cleaners like alcohol (including vodka), bleach, paint thinner, gasoline, naphtha, cleaning fluid, ether, Fantastik or 409-type cleaners, window-cleaners (Windex) – basically anything that smells. It dries out the cable insulation and causes it to crack.
Do not use abrasive cleaners (Comet, Ajax , etc.) or abrasives (sandpaper or files) on the plugs, it will scratch the plating and cause the underlying metal to corrode.
3. Do not leave your cable out in the sun for days at a time. It will also cause the insulation to crack and discolor.
4. If you drop a Death Valley Cable in a puddle or a swimming pool, unscrew the covers and place the cable out in the sun or warm place until dry (usually less than an hour). DO NOT dry it in an oven. Even on a low oven setting, the insulation may melt – and also stink up your house worse than a burning tire in your bathroom.
5. Girls and boys: BE CAREFUL AROUND ELECTRICITY. It can kill you. If your amp is improperly grounded and you are touching your guitar, you can be killed if you touch something that grounds you.
Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones was almost electrocuted this way. Not just shocked but ALMOST KILLED DEAD. And as you all know, Keith is pretty much unkillable.
Death Valley Cable Company is not responsible for improper operation of items connected to the guitar cable.
6. Yes, plug covers on the G & H plugs can become loose after repeated use. Just screw them back in place if they loosen. If we glued the covers in place, it would make maintenance impossible and hinder drying out the cable if it gets wet.
7. If you must play your guitar on pavement or concrete floors, the cable insulation will get scratched up. Concrete is rock; the insulation has to be soft or you couldn’t bend the cable. Rock scratches soft every time, so don’t drive to your next gig with the cable hanging out the door and dragging on the ground. It’ll probably still work when you get there, but it will no longer look nice.
8. When transporting your Death Valley Cable Company cable, coil it in loose loops, in a slightly larger coil then you received it. DO NOT (sorry for all the “do nots”) coil it like clothesline packaged for sale in a hardware store (looks a bit like a hangman’s knot on a hangman’s noose). Coiling it in tight loops like retail-packaged clothesline (or a hangman’s knot) will stress the thin copper wires inside the insulation and cause them to eventually fail. You should coil your Death Valley cable—and ALL of your instrument/patch cables— just like you received the Death Valley Cable Company cable, in a loose coil with one end threading in and out of the looped cable a few times.
If you follow these simple guidelines, your Death Valley Cable Company guitar cable should give your years and years or trouble-free service. If you have any questions about cable maintenance, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org (or visit www.DeathValleyCableCompany.com and use the e-mail link. If you want to purchase more Death Valley Cables, visit http://www.deathvalleycablecompany.com/buy.html And thanks again for buying Death Valley Cable Company products!