About

Roadworthy Cables™ are made by On Stage Solutions, a company designed for, and dedicated to all of the hard working folks who keep live entertainment going night after night, from the starving musicians playing for tips and watered drinks in smoky bars, to the men and women in black who work tirelessly in the shadows of the stage lights doing what they do to make the stars look and sound their best. 

From the CEO: I'll never forget the first time I hooked up my guitar using only higher-end cable. (in my case, it was a combination of Lava Cable, and Roadworthy Cables). The quality of the audio coming out of my cabinet was so noticeably better that I had to triple-check both my amp and pedals to make sure the settings hadn't changed. It was then that everything became clear to me (pun intended) what people meant by phrases like "hearing your signal the way it was meant to be heard," and "The true tone of your instrument." The problem at the time was that it seemed you had to drop hundreds dollars if you wanted to upgrade your cables, even for a simple setup consisting of a guitar, amp, and a pedal or three. So I decided that I wanted to make quality cables available for custom order, and at prices that are reasonable, and realistic. No snake oil here, simply a combination of what I believe to be the absolute best components to make up a cable that is built to deliver your true signal, resist interference, and last a really long time. I believe I have achieved that with these cables, and I think you'll agree. Thank you for your interest in Roadworthy Cables, please read on for more details. Respectfully, TC Santos On Stage Solutions Roadworthy Cables

What makes Roadworthy Cables™ so fantastic are the two main components that make up the cable, the wire, and the plugs. To transport an audio signal from point A to point B, it is important that your signal flows along the cable, from tip to tip without anything getting in the way that could cause interference. (Which could have a negative impact on the way your signal ultimately sounds). Your signal is essentially electricity that wants to naturally follow the path of least resistance, and Roadworthy Cables™ uses specific cables and plugs that boast some pretty amazing features that will give your signal the best possible flow to deliver clean and true audio.

All of our cable assemblies feature cable made by Gotham Audio, "a reflection of the finest heritage of European broadcast engineering." This cable is designed to transport a clean signal by using thicker stranding in the conductor, and they are able to achieve outstanding interference rejection by employing a unique “Double Reussen Shielding.” (More on that in a minute.)

The "shield" in an instrument cable is a layer of wire that is wrapped around another wire, or wires, that run along the center of the cable called the conductor(s).  The shield gets its name because it surrounds the conductor for the purpose of blocking, or shielding it from interference caused by electromagnetic or radio frequency interference (EMI/RFI) which are present all around us.  The quality of this shield is important, the more coverage, the better protection from outside interference that threaten to degrade your audio signal.  The shields in most cables are comprised of a single layer of wire, and in the case of some of the cheaper cables, do not provide 100% coverage.

The best way to shield balanced audio cables against RF interference, hum pickup, and crosstalk is by surrounding the audio conductors with two separate spiral shields, each of which providing 100% coverage around the conductor(s) and wound in opposite directions so that the layer's hair-thin copper strands are at 90 degree angles to one another. This is known as "double Reussen" shielding. Winding the shields in opposite directions reduces inductive effects on long cable runs and improves cable flexibility. In several independent cable tests for RFI susceptibility, one of them in an official AES paper, cables with double Reussen layer shields were provably more resistant to RFI than any other method of cable shielding. This design, with its finely stranded copper wire and supple jacketing assures superb flexibility, easy and fast handling, low memory and reliable, long life.

French Quarter series instrument cables are built with Gotham Audio’s GAC-1 Ultra Pro (blue) cable, which is praised by many for it’s neutrality, a very true mid-range, and how well it mates with instrument pickups to produce a superior sonic signature.  This cable is both quiet and easy to coil. The thick PVC jacket is tough, yet flexible. A unique sandwich design boasts two layers of conductive plastic to help drain off charges that can cause handling noise. Cellular PE insulation is used to achieve a very low capacitance of 21 pF/ft., which puts this cable right in the sweet spot for instrument cables.  It’s reduced handling noise and high strength make it excellent for stage use and live applications, while many find it equally desirable in static applications, such as in the studio, or for phono interconnect leads.

Silver Eagle series balanced cables are built with GAC-3 (grey), Gotham’s signature, and best selling product, with a lineage going back to the EMT cables developed in 1966. It’s combination of 3-conductor construction, with 96 strand 24AWG conductors results in a microphone cable that remains uniquely small, lightweight, highly flexible and durable, with superior resistance to RFI/EMI. Even with a relatively high capacitance spec, GAC-3 mates exceptionally well with microphones with none of the loss of HF definition that one might assume the higher capacitance product might have, making it the number one choice for performance and durability both on stage and in the studio.

Now let’s talk about the plugs. Just like cable, there are several high quality connector manufacturers that deliver a fine product, and some industry favorites that can be seen on the majority of the higher end cables. One manufacturer stands out from all of the rest because, like Gotham cable, G&H Industries features a unique characteristic that no other plug has, a solid copper core that runs down the middle of the plug. You can identify these by looking at the end of the plug and seeing the copper at the very tip. This is important because copper is of the best conductors for electrical signals, and this is the part that takes your signal from the cable to the tip, which makes contact with the previous or next step in your signal chain. These plugs have earned the name “ShowSavers” because even if they are accidentally bent, they will still function and carry your signal whereas a similar bend in other plugs could most likely be a “show stopper”.

French Quarter series instrument cables are terminated with the G&H Industries ShowSavers™ plug, which has raised the standard for performance and reliability. They were designed and manufactured to be the finest, most reliable USA made plugs in the industry, and features an oxygen free copper core for efficient clean signal transmission. It has a separate ground-to-sleeve connection that will not loosen and cause unwanted noise. This means no loose grounds or broken tips while getting the highest fidelity signal.  These distinctive plugs with the "copper tip" are regarded as the best in the world.  They will spare you the embarrassment, time and cost of having to make repairs to your audio system due to plug failure. That translates into lasting value. You can be assured of many years of fail-safe operation.

Silver Eagle series balanced cables are terminated with ShowSaver plugs (stereo), or G&H XLR plugs. These connectors have a Zinc-die cast shell and provide lower resistance, increased conductivity and greater stiffness for better contact and insertion/extraction durability than standard plated brass XLR plugs. These also feature a flexible boot gland that gives high protection against bending and flexing stresses, as well as a chuck type strain relief system for secure clamping of cables. High-tech alloys are used for the pins and sockets which have an impressive three to four times the conductivity over Brass or stamped Phosphor Bronze, which is what the leading manufacturer of high-end XLR plugs use. This higher conductivity provides better signal flow through the connector and improved lifetime retention and contact span. Bottom line: Just like every other component we use to build our cables, these plugs are strong and will last. The Silver Eagle series of cables possess a unique configuration of insulation, conductors, plugs and materials, which make it a superior microphone cable for both studio and use on stage.

We hand-solder every cable in our shop with the highest quality solder to achieve the best connection, and finish each cable with commercial grade braided nylon sleeving made from 10 mil polyethylene terephthalate (PET) monofilament yarn. This adds a strong layer of protection to the cable assembly and helps it "glide" across the stage and over other surfaces, helping prevent it from getting "hung up" on mic stands, snakes, etc. Finally, nothing gets packaged or shipped until it has undergone critical testing by the owner, who has been building custom cables for over twenty years. The end result is a solid cable suitable for any professional stage and studio application that is priced not only reasonable, but also realistic. They are designed to withstand one of music gear’s most grueling tests of endurance…the road, which is why we call our products “Roadworthy Cables™.”

Design and manufacturing expertise result in quality that ensures years of worry-free enjoyment. Roadworthy Cables™ French Quarter series instrument cables are designed to withstand the rigors of commercial applications. They combine lasting performance with heavy-duty components to ensure optimal durability and longevity. That's how Roadworthy Cables™ will always be and why we are fans of all of our products. Our commitment to quality shows in everything we do.

Who are Roadworthy Cables™ for?  Our cables are designed for everyone from professional musicians, audio engineers, and anyone who has started to, or is already taking steps to upgrade the quality of their equipment. Upgrading your cables is one simple step that can take your rig to a higher level in terms of improvements and upgrades.

What properties will Roadworthy Cables™ add to my tone?  Well, nothing.  As a passive component, no cable is able to add anything to your tone.  Our goal is to make reliable cables that will carry a clean and transparent signal, with the best shielding that will block unwanted RFI, EMF, and Triboelectric Charging (handling noise). 

All Roadworthy Cables are built in the USA with components made in the USA and Europe, and come with a Lifetime Warranty.

Don’t let your cables be the weakest link in your signal chain! 

Regarding the use of gold in audio connectors: I came across the following paragraph on a similar website and thought I'd share it here since I found it interesting, though I do not believe that my ears would be able to detect the "colored signals" mentioned.

Note: Although we are of the opinion that gold in and of itself is an excellent conductor, we generally do not recommend gold plated plugs in this setting as they are just for looks. All gold plated instrument plugs are usually nickel plated underneath so the gold adheres well and looks shiny and pretty, but technically that extra layer has been found to just color signals. For the most part, the use of gold in this setting is all cosmetic.

Roadworthy Cables™ does use XLR connectors that have gold plating only because these new connectors performed so well in testing. Our source made the decision to release them before they released the connectors made with silver, which are currently in the final stages of development and due to be released very soon. Once these become available, all of our XLR cables will feature the silver plugs exclusively. Either way, regardless of our opinion on the use of gold plating in audio connectors, we strongly feel that these (and all of G&H’s) connectors are far superior to anything else that is currently available.