I'm in the process of setting up my recording gear for the first time in many years. Since this is not a regular part of my activities it will probably be left up for a while. One thing I can't stand about having gear out is the mess of cables. This time I'm planning on running the cables taped down and out of the way as much as possible.

I've heard of gaffer's tape for decades but never have encountered it before personally. Is it meant for one show and then be taken off or can I leave it for weeks or even months? I ask because I know that masking tape, painter's tape et al leave residue if they're in place too long. I'm setting this stuff up and I want to leave it for a long time so I'll actually get some recording done.