The Story

Lava Cable creator and founder Mark Stoddard deployed to Afghanistan with a U.S. Army Special Forces Battalion as a Detachment Commander within weeks of forming his new company in June, 2004. Excited about getting his business up and running, he took a roll of Canare GS-6 cable and some Neutrik plugs 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 and analyzing customer feedback, Mark created his own brand of guitar cables and plugs: LAVA CABLE.

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 Tightrope DC plug and DIY solder-free plug and the Lava Mini Soldered Plugs.

The Lava Cable brand is now owned by RHC Holdings Inc.

About the Founder

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 with a minor in Military Science.  

Mark spent 28 years total and 20 years active duty in the U.S. Army retiring as Major in 2011. He served in Air Defense, Infantry, Logistical Support, and Special Forces units. He is also a certified Test Paratrooper.  During his career Mark made more than 150 static line jumps from 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.

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