the story.

My name is Hank Donovan and I started Rattlesnake Cables in early 2012 when I began researching for the cable of my dreams. For years prior I've been involved with electronics ranging from pedal building to instrument repairs and to other various nerd projects. I always enjoyed working on music related projects and thought making a great cable would be something fun and satisfying to pursue. I began ordering various components from plugs to cable to protective weaving, etc. I finally found the combination that met all of my needs; I was really excited about the final product.

As a guitarist, I wanted to achieve certain goals. Obviously, signal was the primary goal. I've owned various "quality" cables and I wanted to surpass the quality of those cables. I've always been a believer of quality in the cable (both in signal as well as durability) so this was going to be a tough task. If you’re not too familiar with capacitance in cables, here is a quick simple explanation. Some cables begin to bleed off the high end and signal, especially with longer runs.

The cable itself becomes a capacitor, and to address this, we sourced low capacitance cable to preserve that high end. Additionally, I hated cables that tend to be noisy or worse, cease to work due to the shielding being weak or easily broken. The cables we use is a strong heavy braided shielding with 95% coverage. This makes the cable super heavy duty... and quiet! Finally, I wanted strong, quality plugs, and Amphenol ended up being the winner. The plugs are great quality and their cable clamp system adds more protection for the cables by securing the solder connections. All of these pieces are what ended up creating Rattlesnake Cables. When I plugged in my first prototype I was immediately blown away by the clarity, mid-punch of the signal! I used a protective weaving to help prevent cable binding and I had something I was very happy with!

Originally, I assembed the cable for myself, but as soon as other musical friends of mine started seeing, hearing and feeling the cables, the requests started coming in for cables... and the company was born. The response has been fantastic and seeing these cables on stage with working musicians is something very special for me!

Rattlesnake Cables is based out of beautiful Missoula, Montana where I'm very proud to call my home. What started with a simple idea for me has grown into a family business where my wife and son have become involved with the operations. Each cable is assembled and tested by myself and are usually made "to order". Each cable is tested through a Fender Jazzmaster through a Matchless Amp for final testing after assembly. They're not simply tested through a cable tester, but played to determine if the tone is 100% there.

I look forward to building your cable!

cables.

We are currently offering 4 basic styles of cables, but you can build any type of cables. These types are the Snake Head, Standard, Pedal Steel and Speaker cables. Each cable can be any length you desire and can have heavy duty Amphenol straight to straight plugs, right angle to right angle plugs, or a combination of right angle and straight.

The "Snake Head" was designed for instruments with sensitive or vintage finishes. A snake head has the heat and abrasion resistant sleeving stopping short on one end. This is perfect for the players that like to route their cable between the guitar strap and the instrument.

The ideal combination would be a Snake Head from the instrument to the board and a standard full weave from the board to the amp.


Standard Rattlesnake Cable

Standard Rattlesnake Cable come in 10' and 20' lengths. Each cable can have straight, right angle or a mix of Amphenol plugs (Neutrik Golds are also available). Colors include red, black, sage, dirty tweed, blue and mean green. Each cable is wrapped in heat and abrasion resistant outer sleeving.

20' cables are $65 each and 10' are $55 each. (Any cable length can be made and will adjust price accordingly)

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"Snake Head" Rattlesnake Cable

Snake Head" as we like to call them is a cable with the heat and abrasion resistant sleeving stopping short on one end. This leaves a portion of raw cable perfect for wrapping around guitar straps. Snake Head Cables come in 10' and 20' lengths. Each cable can have straight, right angle or a mix of Amphenol plugs (Neutrik Golds are also available). Colors include red, black, sage, dirty tweed, blue and mean green.

20' cables are $65 each and 10' are $55 each. (Any cable length can be made and will adjust price accordingly)

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Pedal Steel Cable

We're very excited about this line of cable. These cables are ideal for pedal steel players. 36" cable with straight to right angle Amphenol plugs (Neutrik Golds are also available). Colors include red, black, sage, dirty tweed, blue and mean green. Pedal Steel Cables are $35 each

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Speaker Cable

Speaker cables use a beefy 12 AwG dual conductor speaker cable. We only offer jumbo Switchraft 188 straight plugs for our Speaker cables.

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Watch what Just Nick Music had to say about Rattlesnake Cables! Also, this is a great introduction to cable capacitance!


Just received my Rattlesnake Cables and these things are awesome. Thanks Hank for making great quality cables. I will be rocking them for years to come.

Anthony J.

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Dealers.

Examples.

We like to showcase all of our builds on Facebook and Instagram. Below are recent builds from Instagram! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more examples.