Sure yeah. It might be worth testing with croc clips as per above first before butchering cables but if you want to cut to the chase. Maybe start with a busted cable for practice if you have one. Bear in mind that you may need a soldering iron too. You will definitely need some insulating tape ...
I will start with basics in case you (or others) need the orientation.Cable Construction 101
Standard guitar cables carry two connectors internally:
- A thin central core cable surrounded by plastic shielding. This is the signal cable and carries your beautiful music to your mighty amp.
- A shield just inside the outer layer of the cable. This can be braided or just a bunch of loose strands of wire arranged around the edge. This is the ground connection.
The braid or strands of the ground connection get twisted together before they are soldered onto the jack.
The signal cable connects to the smaller 'tip' connection on a standard 1/4" jack. The Ground connects to the larger 'shield' connection on the jack.
There are some great pictures of guitar cable construction on the page here --> http://www.ultimateguitartone.com/how-t ... cable.htmlHow to Break the Grounds
You only need to cut the ground connection at ONE END OF THE CABLE. It still provides shielding benefits with just one end cut.
OK, start by unscrewing the cable housing and remove any cable strain-relief devices and any other plastics covering up the soldered connections.
To sever the ground cable connection. You need to make sure that there is absolutely no contact between the stranded/braided ground and any metal terminals on the plug. I suggest that you cut as close as possible to the cable outer wrap using a sharp wire cutter (a small side cutter or similar).
Use insulating tape to carefully mask off areas where there might be a risk of metal touching the remaining braid cable. I wrapped a layer around the base of the cable so only the signal connection was exposed. Think about how tape will be pushed around as the cable flexes and try and insulate accordingly.
If the ground connection is soldered hard-down onto the jack connector it may be impossible to get a cutter in cleanly. In this case you would need to use a soldering iron to release the ground connection from the jack before you cut. Head up the solder as quickly as possible and remove the braided/shielded cable. Avoid plastics with the iron and take care!