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Snake Head Rattlesnake Instrument Cable.

Snake Head Rattlesnake Instrument Cable



"Snake Head" as we like to call them is a cable with the heat and abrasion resistant sleeving stopping short on the end connecting to the instrument. This leaves a portion of raw cable touching the instrument; perfect for wrapping around guitar straps. Our Snake Head Instrument Cables come in 10', 15' and 20' lengths. Each cable can have straight, right angle or a mix of Neutrik Nickel plugs (Neutrik Golds are also available) - just be sure to select the proper plug style connecting to the instrument. Colors include red, black, sage, dirty tweed, blue, copper and mean green.

Snake Heads are ideal to connect your instrument to a pedalboard or directly to the amp. If you're looking for a cable connecting from pedalboard to amp, we recommend our Standard Instrument Cable - where the weaving fully covers the cable from plug end to plug end.


  • Conductor/Shield 99.95% OFBC
  • Capacitance at 20-25pF/ft.
  • Braided copper shield (95% coverage)
  • 20AWG conductor
  • Cable milled in the United States
  • Cable hand assembled in Missoula, Montana
  • SKU: SKU-B89074CB

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A Snake Head is a cable that has the outer weaving stop short on the instrument side of the cable. This is a cosmetic feature, especially nice if you have vintage or sensitive finishes and you're concerned about the weaving causing wear on the instrument if you run the cable between the strap and instrument body.
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No, our cables are not directional. If you're purchasing a Snake Head, the Snake Head portion should be on the instrument side, but that only is cosmetic. The cable will work fine if plugged in any direction.
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The Snake Head is only needed if you're concerned about finish wear if you have vintage or sensitive finishes like thin nitro, etc. If you don't care (or even want the wear) a Standard is great for the primary instrument cable. If this cable is going from pedalboard to amp, then it should be a Standard to ensure maximum protection of the cable.
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A silent plug is not necessarily an "upgrade". Typically, a silent plug is for acoustic players who do not have the ability to mute their signal and would unplug their instrument. If you're an electric player with a Tuner or Volume pedal, then you don't really need a silent plug. Silent plugs are great, but they do provide another potential point of failure - so I always recommend, if you don't need the feature, purchase a standard plug.
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Some of our customers swear by gold contacts. Some of our customers can't hear a difference. Gold does provide a better contact surface, but the signal improvement may be hard to notice. Some of our customers (including myself) just like the cosmetic look of the black shells with gold contacts. If you're in a humid climate and deal with corrosion, gold might be better for you as well.
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When people ready that, the first assumption is that the copper is somehow 'air tight'. Nope. OFBC is part of the smelting process where the oxygen molecules are smelted out or removed to a point where it's below .001%. This makes a very pure copper allowing for great conductivity.
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We have a variety of wire mills that we work with. All of the wire mills we work with our in the United States. We take extreme pride that our cable is milled in the United States and hand assembled here in Missoula, Montana.

Matt L. - After using these cables in both band and studio situations I'm convinced they are the best I've ever used! The tone is crystal clear and the construction is built to last. I'm taking a quick moment to write this review before I order some more!
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Ian S. - I learned of Rattlesnake Cable Company from my local guitar maker and repair man Dan Roberts of Roberts Stringworks, and I must say these are excellently built. I was tired of going through my cable collection to find the dead ones that would appear...
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Josh E. - I was really happy to learn from my local guitar shop that they were carrying cables made in Montana. I was even more happy when I saw the build quality. These cables are made so well. They're by far tough enough to survive the pain of touring in a...
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Ralph S. - As far as I can tell, the only advancement in cables over the last thirty years or so has been a renaissance of retro fabric wrapped products and, perhaps, some improved durability, maybe quality of materials. No sense in reinventing the wheel....
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Michele B. - I was introduced to Rattlesnake cables about a year and a half ago. Very well made, love the gold Neutrik connectors and sound quality these cables produce. I recently purchased another Rattlesnake cable as a back up to my tweed. This time I ordered...
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Todd P. - I wanted a good quality cable made in the USA for my guitar. So I did a search and found Rattlesnake Cable Company. I purchased a 10 foot cable and the quality and construction it is definitely an upgrade from my Roland. Nothing like hand made...
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Loren M. - Great design and build quality. Helped me dramatically during pedal building. Will definitely be buying from them again.
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Michelle A. - A very convenient way to store and travel with your picks.
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What Matt L. Said...


Testimonial:

After using these cables in both band and studio situations I'm convinced they are the best I've ever used! The tone is crystal clear and the construction is built to last. I'm taking a quick moment to write this review before I order some more!

Thoughts about our Service:

Absolutely no complaints!

What was purchased:

10ft and 20ft cable

What Ian S. Said...


Testimonial:

I learned of Rattlesnake Cable Company from my local guitar maker and repair man Dan Roberts of Roberts Stringworks, and I must say these are excellently built. I was tired of going through my cable collection to find the dead ones that would appear regularly over time. Not only are these built to last, but I ordered some crazy colors (pink), so I know no one is running off with my cables at a gig again! Although they'll probably want to with how quality these cables are. Hank worked really quick on my order, and my cables were sent out to me the next day. Would highly recommend!

Thoughts about our Service:

Hank was great. Immediately started working on my order, on a Sunday no less. Not a guarantee, but the fact he sometimes does that sometimes is awesome. Received a thank you video and he checked in just to make sure I was satisfied with my order. Great guy all around!

What was purchased:

20ft Pink Snake Head Cables 15ft, 10ft Pink Standard Cables

What Josh E. Said...


Testimonial:

I was really happy to learn from my local guitar shop that they were carrying cables made in Montana. I was even more happy when I saw the build quality. These cables are made so well. They're by far tough enough to survive the pain of touring in a van and the unique colors and configuration make them easy to identify during quick change overs on big stages so you don't have to worry about losing them or people 'accidentally' stealing them. I had my first rattlesnake cable for a few years now and I've slowly swapped out all my aging cables with new rattlesnakes.

Thoughts about our Service:

Rattlesnake was quick to respond when I purchased. Shipping was exceptionally fast for a cable that was build to my specs. Getting these cables in the mail is a great experience. They're packed with care and there's always a little extra fun swag in the box to introduce you to some cool pedal company you can check out.

What was purchased:

I've purchased three 20 ft cables and a handful of pedal board cables and I've been please with all of them.

What Ralph S. Said...


Testimonial:

As far as I can tell, the only advancement in cables over the last thirty years or so has been a renaissance of retro fabric wrapped products and, perhaps, some improved durability, maybe quality of materials. No sense in reinventing the wheel. But...these cables are different. They feel different. Not in a gimmicky way; it's because of their behavior. Even though the hardware on either end is substantial and tough, these products seem weightless, are just flexible enough to accommodate movement, but stiff enough to resist the usual braiding and tangling. I ordered an angled plug, and it DOES fit into the concave of my tele jack. The texture of the wrap is attractive, has some personality, for sure, but seems a cut above in how protects and doesn't accumulate grime (you know the feeling of an old cable that's been dragged across who-knows-what for years). Plus, they just look pretty cool without stealing the show from your axe. A great complement. A balance of sci-fi and vintage (tweedy look from a distance). Might seem sort of dandy-ish or super nerdy, but because you can choose colors and weaves you can complement the aesthetics of your instrument. I don't think it's wishful thinking or some purely psychological defense of paying a little more, but they sound better, cleaner, bigger. The two things I've done to do justice to my Collings SoCo and tele...and to get the most out of my Carr Mercury: buying an excellent buffer...and getting a few of these cables (I am waiting for a patch from amp to pedalboard to arrive soon).

Thoughts about our Service:

I thought the personalized thank you video was a great touch. And, really appreciated Hank getting int touch with (phone call) to combine two orders that I messed up, so that I could save on shipping. And, he reminded me of the 20% sale, which whittled down cost even more. This is not faceless business as usual.

What was purchased:

a few of standard cables (10 and 15 ft.) and a pro-flex patch 12"

What Michele B. Said...


Testimonial:

I was introduced to Rattlesnake cables about a year and a half ago. Very well made, love the gold Neutrik connectors and sound quality these cables produce. I recently purchased another Rattlesnake cable as a back up to my tweed. This time I ordered the copper to compliment my violin amber sunburst guitar and tweed amp. Great color and great cable. Ordered and shipped on the same day and the Rattlesnake bag is an added bonus to store your cable. Love the fact that the company is based in the US and the cables are made in the USA.

Thoughts about our Service:

Hank and Amy are very professional and their follow up is amazing. They definitely exceeded my expectations. Thank you.

What was purchased:

Standard cables.

What Todd P. Said...


Testimonial:

I wanted a good quality cable made in the USA for my guitar. So I did a search and found Rattlesnake Cable Company. I purchased a 10 foot cable and the quality and construction it is definitely an upgrade from my Roland. Nothing like hand made quality parts made in the USA!!

Thoughts about our Service:

Top Notch customer service!!! It's missing in most businesses these days. Hank sent me a Video email, keeping me posted on build and when they shipped it. I highly recommend these guys for all your musical cable needs.

What was purchased:

10 foot rattlesnake Cable for my Guitar.

What Loren M. Said...


Testimonial:

Great design and build quality. Helped me dramatically during pedal building. Will definitely be buying from them again.

Thoughts about our Service:

Great communication and experience. Honestly surprised and in a good way.

What was purchased:

Rattlesnake Audio Probe

What Michelle A. Said...


Testimonial:

A very convenient way to store and travel with your picks.

Thoughts about our Service:

Very speedy delivery

What was purchased:

Pick Tin
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Reviews on Google

Jarrett Taylor
Jarrett Taylor
9/7/2020
There is no better instrument cable out there! Rattlesnake Cable Company’s cables are of the highest build quality and have a very fine fit and finish to them. They feel very resilient and the connectors are solid with a good heft to them. Purchasing from Rattlesnake Cable Company is an absolute... Read
Tony Ash
Tony Ash
9/12/2020
Best cables out there. Made with great care, available in a wide variety of colors, and fully backed by amazing customer support. A+.
Mark Beem
Mark Beem
9/8/2020
The best cables I've ever used in my 35+ years playing live and in studio. Rugged, durable and no high-end loss. I can't recommend them enough. If you're serious about the music you play, these are the cables for you.
Mark Beem
Jarrett Taylor
9/7/2020
There is no better instrument cable out there! Rattlesnake Cable Company’s cables are of the highest build quality and have a very fine fit and finish to them. They feel very resilient and the connectors are solid with a good heft to them. Purchasing from Rattlesnake Cable Company is an absolute pleasure. They have sales and giveaways often that are very engaging. I’ve placed several orders and communications are quick, clear, and informative. My items were packaged with the utmost care and arrived promptly. I absolutely love the Snake Weave!
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Mark Beem
Tony Ash
9/12/2020
Best cables out there. Made with great care, available in a wide variety of colors, and fully backed by amazing customer support. A+.
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Mark Beem
Mark Beem
9/8/2020
The best cables I've ever used in my 35+ years playing live and in studio. Rugged, durable and no high-end loss. I can't recommend them enough. If you're serious about the music you play, these are the cables for you.
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