...has become very apparent to me, as i just soldered a right angle jack onto my old guitar cable. man, that sucked. in other words, it was NON, NON NON, NON HEINOUS! i think i actually put too much solder on the connection, because i immediately noticed a drop in signal when i plugged in to test it out. the sound just wasn't near as hot as it was this afternoon. i A/B'ed with some of my other cables (albeit shorter ones), and confirmed. is there a significant drop in signal for a 20' cable versus a 5' cable? i mean, the 20' one with the new jack sounded just dull, whereas using the other cable just started giving me feedback, so that one is fine lol. i'm going to remove some of the solder from the connection, and make sure everything is still solid in there, then i'll let you guys know if there's any change. much more of this, and i might just go for a roll of George L's and be done with it.