I just received the parcel from Bajaao after exactly 15 days from billing date. Had ordered some accessories like a new guitar cable, a new tuner/metronome, new strings etc. This stuff usually gets ignored by most guitarists but it affects a lot of the tone.
The guitar cable first. After a bad experience with bajaao(absolutely normal) i didnt get the cable i ordered. I had initially ordered the Dimarzio cable. But they told me it was unavailable so i ordered the Spectra zero noise cable with Neutrik connectors on rickkkyrich's recommendation, but i have to sadly say the cable i got sucks, it is a blue coloured cable that says Spectra microphone cable 24 awg KS-3030, made in taiwan. The cable is thinner than my planet waves cable and i dont know any other specifics like the capacitance etc. I immediately had a bad feeling the cable came in a small box wound tightly and not even in the standard over/under wrap but just coiled tightly. And about being noise free it is a joke, the cable is too noisy almost unplayable on high gain. Maybe the cable i received is damaged or something but i am going to return it to bajaao and ask for a refund. Sadly my local guitar store doesnt stock any good guitar cables. Guitar cable is an important contributor to your overall tone so a proper guitar cable is a must. I'd say Rs.1200 wasted.
Strings are a very essential component because these are the ones that you actually touch and they account for the maximum dynamics in your playing. I ordered the Ernie Ball Super Slinky's 9-42, i have used the D'Addario strings in the past as well as some local strings. The local strings shouldnt even be touched. Between D'Addario and Ernie ball i prefer the latter more as they sound brighter to me. Ernie ball retain this brightness for a longer time while the D'Addarios, they tend to dull quickly. About the gauge, i dont drop tune much, drop d is the lowest i go so the 9's are perfect for me. I tried the hybrid 9-46 once but there was no difference tonally so i switched back to 9-42. I wish to try the cobalt ones but they are not available anywhere. But paying Rs. 490 per pack of strings is simply looting the musicians. I hate my city for its lack of guitar related supplies.
Lastly i bought a Samson CM40 tuner/metronome. I am quite happy with it. It feels a bit flimsy though, the plastic casing feels cheap. It has a really nice colour display. The tuning is accurate to about 2 cents which i feel it good enough at this price point. The metronome has lots of nice features like different time signatures and rhythm patterns. It also has a built in mike for tuning acoustic instrument. It also tracks fairly decently and the response is okay. The best thing though is screen, it is very bright and nicely illuminated so viewing it in dark areas is not a problem. So at Rs.1030 i'd say it is decent.