October 2002 Cable Information from Stick Enterprises, Inc.

We have just received our first supply of the kind of 15-foot long zip cable you were trying to convert to from our Rane preamp cable. They’re now available as delux Stick cables with stereo TRS at o­ne end and two mono plugs at the other end, color coded red for bass and blue for melody.

The sound is complete, including full mids and extreme highs. They’re very quiet when you shake the cables plugged in at very high volumes. They shield as effectively as possible from EMI/RFI (hum and buzz). And because the zip construction physically separates the bass and melody conductors, they produce no crosstalk from within the cable, even when plugged into high impedance Rane SP-13 type preamp inputs.

Except for the two mono plugs at o­ne end, they are of the same construction and materials as the TRS to TRS cable we supply with each Rane Stick Preamp unit.

Best, Emmett.


June 2002 Cable Information from Stick Enterprises, Inc.

To the new owner of the Stick Preamp (SP 13): June 2002

After several experiments, comparisons and inquiries with cable manufacturers, we plan to soon make available a new stereo cable with special construction to exactly match The Stick’s requirements and the high impedance stereo input of Rane Corp’s “SP-13” Stick Preamp.

The 15-foot long black cable will be of “zip” construction, that is, it could be “unzipped” by pulling the bonded parallel lead sections apart. However, with metal quarter inch tip/ring/sleeve stereo plugs at each end, there’s no reason to ever pull the two sections apart.

Instead, the purpose of this zip construction is to physically separate bass and melody leads by a small distance and individually shield the two leads. This eliminates cross-talk emanating from within the cable itself, where o­ne lead can generate an electric field that bleeds its audio signal into the other lead.

Besides the above cross-talk, there are other criteria that get top priority in the new Stick cable design. The sound will be crisp and clear with lots of highs, but with no loss of mids and lows - an overall balanced tone with highs extending to the top of the audible range.

The cables will not pop, rattle or rustle when shaken at louder amplifier settings, and will be flexible. Also, they will be properly shielded from stray EMI/RFI fields generated by dimmers, bar equipment, etc.

Present SP-13 preamp units are now being shipped out with no stereo cable. Please use whatever single cable (TRS to TRS) stereo cord you have until ours are ready. A replacement cable will be sent to you at no extra charge, and is already included in the total price of your unit.

Past SP-13 units came equipped with a single cable stereo cord by CBI. The bass and melody leads in this cable are too close together and are surrounded by o­ne shield, causing some extra cross-talk between string groups. These will be routinely replaced with our new cable, at which time we would like to receive your present CBI cable in exchange, if you will.

Thanks for your patience. We’ll try not to keep you waiting long. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy your new SP-13 preamp.

All the Best, Emmett.


Where can one buy some sort of Y-cable that has a female, 1/4 inch stereo plug on one end, splitting to two 1/4 inch male mono cables?

I tried looking at Radio Shack, and at some guitar stores, and only got blank looks. When my Stick arrives, I’d like to plug the stereo cord into a Stick, plug the other end into some sort of Y-cable, and the two mono cables into the bass and guitar inputs on my amp, or into separate effects boxes, etc.

The standard Stick cable is a 1/4” stereo male connector that plugs into the instrument and splits in a Y to two 1/4” mono cables which can then be plugged in separate channels of an amp, or 2 amps for that matter. Also available is a cable that has a 1/4” stereo male plug on both ends. This is used with the SP13 preamp. Also works nice on some amps such as a SWR California Blonde.

If you want to buy a standard Stick cable, get it from Stick Enterprises or ask for an “insert” cable from your local music store.


How can I use a Stick's TRS (stereo) cable for an amp when it only has a mono 1/4" jack?

Came across a nifty little $2 stereo to mono adapter for a TRS cable for the Stick. It’s a Radio Shack Headphone Plug Adapter - accepts 1/4” stereo plug, fits 1/4” mono plug. Part # 274-360B. Solid one-piece unit. I double checked the continuity, and the tip and ring does internally combine into the tip of the adapter. Perfect for plugging in the Stick’s TRS cable directly into an amp, or practice/headphone amp...why I was looking for one in the first place.


Some tips:Be mindful of that cable!

I had a mishap awhile back with my Stick’s cable and pickup housing.I like to run my cable behind the Stick’s belt-hook when I play.This tends to keep it away from my feet as I move around on stage or stomp on an fx box.This does not,however,keep it away from my knees. During a rehearsal I knelt down to adgust one of my pedals and my right knee caught my cable on the way down putting tension on the cable and causing the pickup housing to crack at the input!Luckily I was able to super-glue the housing back together and everything works fine.The solution? Now I secure the leangth of cable coming from my Stick’s jack with some velcro around to one of my back belt loops. This seems to keep it pretty much out of my way.

I also use a 90 degree (or right angle) plug on the input side of my cable (the side that plugs into the Stick).This helps to reduce the possibility of hitting the plug on say your amp while moving about and avoiding pickup and/or cable damage.It aslo puts less stress on the cord if you loop the cable behind the belt hook.Looping the side that plugs into the amp through the amp’s handle is another safety measure that I take as well.

Also,over/under wrap your cables rather than coiling them around your arm. The braided shielding in audio cables can come undone when a cable is mistreated.Never tie your cables in a knot to keep them together.Use a piece of string or velcro.Better yet,use some of those nifty velcro cable organisors to keep them nice and neat. You can pick ‘em up at your local music,electronics,or office store.

Most good,quality stereo cables are not cheap (Planet Waves,Monstor) so taking that little extra time to care for them is well worth the effort.

I hope this helps out some folks.


P.S. In the weeks after I posted this info,I lost signal from my Stick’s bass side.In addition,the housing for my Stickup finally gave up and fractured beyond repair.Emmett was kind enough to send me a new input jack (the initial supected culprit) to try and that came to no success.He then sent me a new housing into which I transfered the guts from the original Stickup.Alas,the internal working of the Stickup had been damaged as well and I had to replace the entire pickup.So,as you can see,not being mindful of that cable can have some dire consequenses! Thanx Emmett,for helping me out!


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