Santa Angelo may be a new name to guitar cables in the USA, but they’ve been making cables in Brazil for the past 15 years. They’re unique, reasonably priced cables made in an environmentally friendly manner, why wouldn’t I want to check this cable out?
I checked out the Mute TX series 10 foot instrument cable. The cable itself is 20 AWG Oxygen-free copper build around a heavy duty PVC casting. At each end you’ll notice metal springs to cut back on excess wear and tear of the ends of your cable. I’ve seen this before, but this is quite an uncommon upgrade to a standard guitar cable. Next you’ll notice at one end a “hold and release button”
The Hold And Release Button is new to me and I absolutely love it. You’ve probably seen cables with on/off switches, but then how do you remember if the cable is actually on or off? You’ll either suffer a mild heart attack thinking your amp died or deal with that annoying pop because you thought your cable was off. The Hold and Release Button takes away the guessing game and only mutes the cable while your finger is pressing down on it. That way you know for certain your cable works and you’ll be pop free while switching instruments in a hurry.
The springs, the Hold and Release Button all in a heavy duty cable, lets not overlook the small things here, also included with your cable purchase is a Velcro cable tie. I know, I know it’s only a cable tie, but hey most manufacturers don’t include them so I was excited to see that included.
How does it perform? Well I A/B’d the cable against a few other cables and I didn’t notice any distinct coloring of my tone or change in volume. This is a good thing, you’ve got 900 other knobs in your setup to do that!
Bottom line this is a cut above, well made cable at an affordable price. Santo Angelo offers 30-day Money Back Returns and a 5-year warranty. I don’t have experience with either, since my cable showed up in perfect working condition and it has held up as it should in the month’s worth of gigging I have put on it.
Street Price: $43.20 for the Mute TX 10ft cable.