A huge tone secret that I discovered recently but should have found out sooner, are shorter cables. And I’m not talking about the little 3, 6, or 12 inch patch cables in between your pedals. All this time I’ve been running a 20 foot cable from the output of my board to my amp, which is necessary, but I was also doing the same for the input of my board. I don’t ever walk around or jump on stage, usually stationary, so I thought of replacing the cable length.
I replaced the 20 foot cable with a 3ft and my signal became very clean, crisp, and more dynamic. The cleans were sparkling again and the overdrives were no longer muddy. Now, a 3 foot cable might seem a little short so you might want to go up to 6 feet cable if desired. You can either buy a cable or make one yourself (recommended) using quality parts from Mammoth Electronics. They sell Klotz, Mogami, Neutrik, and other cabling. You can choose from angled or straight jacks, or even pancake-style jacks, my personal favorite.
Subconsciously, I always knew that having a shorter cable meant a greater and cleaner signal, I just don’t know why I haven’t utilized it previously.