Cable Crackle in Gibson USA Posted July 23, 2010 · Report reply Do these cables have semiconducting layers ? These reduce handling noise (crackles) and static. Cables with this layer are sometimes callled 'double shielded'. Cables can also become noisy with time and use - especially if they are trodden on or subject to force. As Yoda says, if you get the noise when you twist the plug at the guitar socket, the contacts could be faulty or need cleaning.