Review: KLIQ Instrument Cable

If you’re a tone enthusiast, you may recognize the importance of every link in your signal path. It doesn’t help having a great guitar and amplifier without using a great cable to join everything together. The KLIQ cable was designed to rival high quality, yet very expensive cable manufacturers like Mogami.

KLIQ is a relatively new company, and as a result not many people are too familiar with their products. I personally came across them a few months ago when I was looking to invest in a high quality cable, and Amazon’s first recommendation was the KLIQ instrument cable.

KLIQ came into being when a bunch of musicians from New York became frustrated with the abundance of low quality clip-on tuners on the market today. They wanted to produce a quality product that would be dependable with a strong emphasis on quality control, yet still be affordable. A high-end cable, like Mogami, could easily set you back over $50. The KLIQ cable is available for about $18 on Amazon, which is a fraction of the cost.

KLIQ cables feature premium Rean-Neutrik gold connector plugs, which exhibit increased conductivity and are also resistant to tarnish. I did notice a sound difference when I compared it to a cheaper cable (of about $10). The difference was vast enough for me to stick with the KLIQ cable instead.

My favorite attribute is the color. They are sold in either blue, black or red. I purchased the blue one, and I was pleasantly surprised at the aesthetics in comparison to regular black cables. I feel more inclined to use this cable purely as a result of how great it looks.

Another impressive quality of the KLIQ is the rugged design. The braided coating offers a hard outer layer which handles all types of abuse thrown at it. Although I haven’t played enough gigs with my KLIQ cable to provide an accurate account, you can definitely feel the sturdiness of this cable in comparison to cheaper ones. They are guaranteed for life, and this provides a form of reassurance when you’re playing the gig that your cable isn’t going to die on you.

The one issue is that it tends to tangle quite easily, which may be a result of the multiple layers of shielding and insulation. Because of the aesthetics I have really started to favor this cable for v-rig use, and running my pedalboard to my amplifier. I also purchased the 10-foot version (20 foot option also available) which I find is slightly short for stage use when connected to my guitar.

To conclude, I was pleasantly impressed with the quality of the KLIQ cable, from sound to aesthetics. It’s one of my go-to choices for rehearsing and stage use. For recording, I would personally go for something a bit more expensive. The nice thing about the KLIQ, however, is that you can achieve great sound quality at a price that’s suitable for gigging. I will definitely be purchasing more.

Dean Hailstone

Dean Hailstone

Dean is a professional guitar player, recording artist and touring musician. He has over 20 years of playing experience, and has performed hundreds of live gigs during his career. Read more...


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