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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 read 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.

Duke M. - I've bought a few instrument cables, so when I need mic cables, I thought of Rattlesnake. I purchased 2 - 20' XLR's and was not disappointed! The same excellent sound and build quality I've seen with their instrument cables. Fantastic! And they ship...
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Daniel S. - Love my new cable! All my bandmates are jealous.
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Jae H. - Just got my first Rattlesnake cables and am very impressed. Very solid construction and high quality plugs. Feels like they will last a long time and continue to look great doing it. My straight to amp sound is pristine and full frequency. Would...
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Scotty P. - Hank makes the best cables. Period. I’ve tried the 20’ instrument leads vs mogami, canare and any other I come across and the rattlesnake cables just have this presence that the others do not. The construction is top notch and the customer...
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Damian D. - My bass came alive! I tend to use expensive cables with my rig, mostly Mogami golds and platinums. While these are terrific, the Rattlesnake 15 footer that I ordered opened up my sound and made it more three dimensional than I thought could be...
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Victor B. - Great well built long lasting cables. I have three guitar cables and they have not failed me yet! Great product! Highly recommended!
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Mike S. - I've had bad experiences with disappointing reliability from cables in the past, which means no sound, or needless distraction. This was NOT one of those experiences - the product's solid, the communication is clear, the turnaround time is quick!
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Alex F. - I just got the cable, and it works. Honestly, I haven't had a chance yet to put it through it's paces or compare it to my Mogami or Vox or planet waves cables, so bear that in mind. First of all, the whole experience in buying and receiving feels...
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What Duke M. Said...


Testimonial:

I've bought a few instrument cables, so when I need mic cables, I thought of Rattlesnake. I purchased 2 - 20' XLR's and was not disappointed! The same excellent sound and build quality I've seen with their instrument cables. Fantastic! And they ship fast, but best of all, their customer service is phenomenal. Not that I have ever had an issue with Rattlesnake Cables themselves, but when the post office temporarily "lost" an earlier order, they had a replacement on the way the day I contacted them. Happily, the original eventually arrived and I was able to return it to them. Don't expect that level of service from some big 'ole company! Rattlesnake Cables out perform any other cable I have owned in 40 years of electric music. I'll never buy from another company again!

Thoughts about our Service:

Exceptional! They kind of response you only get from a small company with people who care!

What was purchased:

A few Ten and 15 foot instrument cables; two 20' XLR cables

What Daniel S. Said...


Testimonial:

Love my new cable! All my bandmates are jealous.

Thoughts about our Service:

Excellent customer service! The personal video from Hank was very impressive and greatly appreciated. It's the little things that make a big impression.

What was purchased:

15' snake head cable for my bass guitar.

What Jae H. Said...


Testimonial:

Just got my first Rattlesnake cables and am very impressed. Very solid construction and high quality plugs. Feels like they will last a long time and continue to look great doing it. My straight to amp sound is pristine and full frequency. Would definitely buy more of these.

Thoughts about our Service:

Outstanding purchasing experience! Immediate communication and quick shipping. Unboxing felt like opening a new iPhone in the best way. Hank seems like a cool dude as well.

What was purchased:

Snake head cables in red. Yummy.

What Scotty P. Said...


Testimonial:

Hank makes the best cables. Period. I’ve tried the 20’ instrument leads vs mogami, canare and any other I come across and the rattlesnake cables just have this presence that the others do not. The construction is top notch and the customer service is par none. Worthy investment for sure!

Thoughts about our Service:

Excellent! Always very helpful, and offered to replace a cable I ruined.

What was purchased:

20' instrument cables Pro patch cables Speaker cables

What Damian D. Said...


Testimonial:

My bass came alive! I tend to use expensive cables with my rig, mostly Mogami golds and platinums. While these are terrific, the Rattlesnake 15 footer that I ordered opened up my sound and made it more three dimensional than I thought could be attainable with a cable. I guess the lower capacitance really allows the hi mids and hi’s to shine, and all while sounding completely full and balanced. Super musical. It’s definitely my new secret weapon. Well, not so secret now.

Thoughts about our Service:

Excellent customer service. The correspondences could not have been quicker. When you deal with Rattlesnake Cable and it’s owner, Hank, you’re reminded of how personable customer service use to be. Refreshing is the word that I would chose to describe my experience. It’s refreshing to have an awesome customer experience like this.

What was purchased:

Snake head 15' instrument cable w snakeskin weave.

What Victor B. Said...


Testimonial:

Great well built long lasting cables. I have three guitar cables and they have not failed me yet! Great product! Highly recommended!

Thoughts about our Service:

Great customer service! AAA+++

What was purchased:

10' - 15' - 20' instrument cable.

What Mike S. Said...


Testimonial:

I've had bad experiences with disappointing reliability from cables in the past, which means no sound, or needless distraction. This was NOT one of those experiences - the product's solid, the communication is clear, the turnaround time is quick!

Thoughts about our Service:

When I say "excellent communication," it's the first supplier I've had send a welcome video message from the company when the item was shipping. Great all-around buying experience!

What was purchased:

TRS splitter box

What Alex F. Said...


Testimonial:

I just got the cable, and it works. Honestly, I haven't had a chance yet to put it through it's paces or compare it to my Mogami or Vox or planet waves cables, so bear that in mind. First of all, the whole experience in buying and receiving feels like a boutique cable (b/c it is). Pick your length, you connector types, your colors, etc. I opted for a 15' TRS Copper, non-"snake head" cable. The cable comes in a box in a cloth bag like you might find with high-end dress shoes, stickers, a velcro cable wrap, etc. It's just so well put together and packaged - completely unlike buying your typical Planet Waves or George L or Lava Cables. The Rattlesnake cables seems to be almost the same as Caulfield Cable's Tour Series in terms of construction, capacitance (the Rattlesnakes have better capacitance than the Caufield Standard Series), flexibility, etc. Even without the 20% discount that you can regularly get, the Rattlesnakes are significantly less expensive, AND have better plugs. And there are the regular sales for different colors, even colors that you don't normally see on their site. It's a win-win! I bought this on a whim, basically. I found a blog article. Then I read up on the cable quality on TheGearPage (all glowing reviews). I compared to Caulfield Cables. Rattlesnake wins, easily. Half the price of Lava, better than Planet Waves, cheaper than the equivalent Caufield. These will be my standard go-to instrument, speaker, etc. cables from now on. And if they start making the MIDI cable variants that Caufield does, I'll switch to those too.

Thoughts about our Service:

I have not had to deal with customer service, but the discussions on thegearpage specifically call out their outstanding customer service. YMMV

What was purchased:

15' TRS Rattlesnake instrument cable, copper color weave
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Reviews on Google

Scott Coutant
Scott Coutant
2/21/2021
The quality of the cables are unmatched. After receiving the first one, I almost immediately ordered 2 more.
Lonnie Zamarripa
Lonnie Zamarripa
10/24/2020
I have purchased instrument cables , a pick tin and also a speakon cable from Rattlesnake Cables. I highly recommend these people and their product. I love the unique way each item is packaged and the care they take to ensure that I am satisfied to the nth degree. Can’t go wrong here!
Dirk Newton
Dirk Newton
11/15/2020
My wife gifted me 2 15' snake head straight to right angle in pyrite weave. These are simply the best cables I've ever used. PS.....love the videos and that you are a family owned business.
Dirk Newton
Scott Coutant
2/21/2021
The quality of the cables are unmatched. After receiving the first one, I almost immediately ordered 2 more.
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Dirk Newton
Lonnie Zamarripa
10/24/2020
I have purchased instrument cables , a pick tin and also a speakon cable from Rattlesnake Cables. I highly recommend these people and their product. I love the unique way each item is packaged and the care they take to ensure that I am satisfied to the nth degree. Can’t go wrong here!
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Dirk Newton
Dirk Newton
11/15/2020
My wife gifted me 2 15' snake head straight to right angle in pyrite weave. These are simply the best cables I've ever used. PS.....love the videos and that you are a family owned business.
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Videos.

Check out some videos talking about Rattlesnake Cables - unboxing, demos, etc.

  • Just Nick
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  • In The Blues
  • In The Blues - Unboxing
  • Shnobel Tone
  • Sean Pierce Johnson - Unboxing

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