Lava Cable LLC is a Make to Order (MTO) Manufacturer of audio cables and accessories for the world-wide music industry.
Just after forming Lava Cable, Mark deployed to Afghanistan with a U.S. Army Special Forces Battalion. Excited about getting his business up and running, he took a roll of Canare GS-6 into combat with him, making cables for his fellow soldiers and the local Morale, Welfare and Recreation center in his off-time.
By January 2006, Mark added 12 more brands of cable to his line up - bringing more than 80% of the world’s instrument cable designs into his shop, making Lava Cable unique among cable manufacturers. From closely examining all these different cables Mark created his own brand of guitar cables and plugs: Lava.
Since its inception, the purpose of Lava Cable has been to develop and produce innovative cable and accessory products for Music Industry using U.S. manufacturers and the best metals, materials and plug designs to provide its customers with a good-better-best solution for their cable needs.
Many of these product designs have significantly improved upon existing concepts, such as the Lava Solder Free Pedal Board system and the Clear Connect cable.
Lava Cable both educates its customers about the importance of quality cables and provides detailed information about each product so customers can make an informed buying decision.During its’ seven years of existence, Lava Cable has introduced more than 25 new cable and accessory products to the Music Industry. Lava Cable products have now been sold in more than 70 countries and more than 350 stores in 30 countries stock its products.
Mark is a native of Goleta, California and a graduate of the University of Utah, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication. He is a school-trained, mil spec certified electronic assembler, having worked on numerous multi-million dollar government contracts to include building every part of the AN/ALQ 184 Radar Jamming Pod currently being used on Air Force aircraft such as the A-10 Thunderbolt.
Prior to retiring, he spent 28 years total and 20 years active duty in the U.S. Army, serving in Air Defense, Infantry, Logistical Support, and Special Forces units. He is also a certified Test Paratrooper and during his career, made more than 150 static line jumps form 14 different aircraft. His personal highlight from his military career was being voted “Best Guitarist” at an All-Army Battle of the Bands in 1995.
Lava Cable has products available through dealers in the United States and Internationally which include the Lava Clear Connect Cable (dealer only), the Lava Solder-Free Pedal Board Kit, The Lava CPS pedal board, The Lava Cable Center, The Lava Blue Demon Cable (dealer only), The Lava Magma Cable (dealer only) The Lava Retro Coil Cable, The Lava Vintage Cable, The van den Hul Integration Hybrid Lava Cable, The Lava Flow Smart Path Control, Vovox instrument and speaker cable, and speaker cable from Kimber Kable and Cardas Audio.
Lava Cable dealerships are available! Please contact Sales Manager Tony Cole for dealer catalog and pricing via email or phone at (910) 797-7317.
Lava Cable provides cable products at multiple quality levels to provide our customers with an excellent selection of choices to obtain great tone in all situations. Our cables are separated into the following quality categories:
These are our “BEST” quality cables. Each of these uses superior cable design, higher quality metals such as silver plating and OFHC high purity copper for conductors and shield along with very high quality jacketing and insulation materials. These are designed to have high conductivity and low resistance along with capacitance in the sweet spot range to provide for the best possible signal transmission. The Ultramafic cable is our best “Lava Designed” cable in this range.
These are our “BETTER” quality cables. They are designed to be rugged and use quality OFHC high purity copper for conductor and 98% braided shielding and plug designs like G&H’s patented Clear Connect Technology where the plugs are high pressure crimped on cable without solder. They are our best balance of quality and price. The Clear Connect cable is the best cable in this range.
These are our “GOOD” quality cables. Designed with affordability in mind, they provide and excellent balance of quality and price. Standard Bare Copper is used for the conductors and the spiral 85% shielding. Capacitance is in the sweet spot range and the Blue Demon and Black Demon are the best cables in this range.
To further aide in purchasing decisions, here’s a ranked quality listing from Best (low number) to Good (high number):
Solder-Free and Soldered Kits
Note: On kits, the soldered rank a little higher due to the single soldered point and included insulators that prevent shorting and increase reliability.
Microphone Cable: Our Fountain microphone cable is a no-compromise 4-condutor cable that is comparable in quality to all the major brands out there. It falls under our Studio Series for quality.
Note on Coils: All coils are higher in capacitance due their length. This often makes a great combination for bright “Fender-Style” amps. Ours are separated from the others by an industry unique hybrid polymer outer jacket that was designed for marine applications.