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Pedalboard cables

Discussion in 'Effects Pedals, Strings and more' started by sivs, Dec 4, 2009.

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What kind of cables do you use for your pedalboard?

  1. George L

    43 vote(s)
    24.0%
  2. Planet Waves

    33 vote(s)
    18.4%
  3. Lava Solderless

    21 vote(s)
    11.7%
  4. Core One Slug

    34 vote(s)
    19.0%
  5. Whatever they had cheapest at the local shop...

    42 vote(s)
    23.5%
  6. Other

    6 vote(s)
    3.4%
  1. Presto1202

    Presto1202

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    Dec 7, 2010
    Location:
    CA
    I've been using Planet Waves couplers and they work well. The only thing I don't like about them is they are wide and leave a lot of unused real estate between pedals. I'm thinking about trying some of the ones I saw at the GFS website because they aren't as wide and I could probably fit one or two more pedals on the board if I used those. That'd be nice considering I use a Digitech Whammy and an EHX Holier Grail that both take up a good chunk of room.
     
  2. pi39

    pi39

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2011
    Location:
    Smiths Falls
    My friend swears by the Lava Cables. I must try some soon. Sick of the cheap cables.
     
  3. jaymeister

    jaymeister

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2006
    Location:
    Alberta
    Im rewiring my board at the moment with evidence monorail and switchcraft 228 pancake jacks. Cableis bulk from Best-Tronics, andjacksfrom effects connection
     
  4. pi39

    pi39

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2011
    Location:
    Smiths Falls
    I keep hearing Lava Cables.
     
  5. salvatruco

    salvatruco

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2008
    Location:
    Brampton, Ontario
    Lava mini ELC solderless work great
     
  6. blam

    blam

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2011
    Location:
    Edmonton
    i use planet waves because they had a cheap 3 pack at the store. i also have some home made ones using amphenol ends and mogami wire.

    for my pedal board -> amp i use home made mogami, as well as my FX loop.

    way too pricey for what they are. and far too long for a pedal board interconnect in most cases. having said that, I have 1 on my board because i needed one and thats all they had left at the store.
     
  7. The Lullaby

    The Lullaby

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2010
    Location:
    Kitchener,Ontario.
    apex from l&mc's..used to use a bunch made for me by a buddy (nice ones) and there is no difference to my ears..anything better than the plastic coloured ones is a step up. actually the apex are slightly microphonic but i dont step on them so i never notice
     
  8. Chito

    Chito Gold Member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2006
    Location:
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Used to have George Ls but started to have issues with it so I changed to Lava Solderless and it's been great without any issues at all.
     
  9. TWRC

    TWRC

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2011
    Location:
    Edmonton, Alberta
    I've never had any issues with my George L's cables but have heard that a lot of people have been swapping them out with the Lava cables. I know that people complain a lot about the George L's cables being too bright but it seems to suit my rig. What differences did you notice after the switch?
     
  10. Chito

    Chito Gold Member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2006
    Location:
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Honestly, soundwise, can't tell much. I still use George Ls from the pedalboard to the amp and a Line 6 Relay G30 from the guitar to the pedalboard. I just started having issues (cutting off, no sound) with the George Ls so I replaced them with the Lava and I have not had the same problems since.
     
  11. captainbrew

    captainbrew

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2010
    Location:
    Ottawa, Ontario
    I've been using George L's for the last 3 years. No issues whatsoever. I use Elixirs from the tuner to guitar and pedalboard to amp. Couldn't be happier with both.
     
  12. sulphur

    sulphur

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2011
    Location:
    Sudbury, Ontario
    I've had one of my Planet Waves solderless cables crapping out on me.
    Retrimmed it, tried a different plug and still having some trouble.
    I'm going to rewire the whole board once the last of the pedals roll in.
    Looks like Lava, now. I looked at their soldered cables, the 1' with the coil but it would be around
    $400 to rig the board out, yikes. It might get a bit gnarly under the board with all the excess anyway.
     
  13. GuitarsCanada

    GuitarsCanada Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2005
    Location:
    Thorold, ON
    I need to get around to re-doing my pedalboard with decent cables. I am still using $1.99 cables, which "appear" to work. I have had a few crap out on me though.
     
  14. Feral Feline

    Feral Feline

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2011
    Location:
    Canuck Expat, Abroad
    Bump.
    George L at the moment, but only because they were on sale. Went back later and nearly doubled my expenditure because I needed more plugs (plenty of cable) and the sale wasn't on anymore. While I've only had one turn out to be a dud, I might try my hand at soldering and fry up a new batch of spaghetti with those ├╝ber-low-profile plugs that are kicking around the Internet.
     
  15. I have GL's and I am going to change them out over time. I will go with the DIY soldered pancake jacks. I am not sure about the cable. The capacitance of the cable is a big part of the high end getting through, give the different cable compared is all high quality. GL cable is quite low which is good, at 19. The Mogami is around 38, and another high end one people recommend is at 48. So I think I will go with GL cable, and the pancakes.

    I have had trouble with the GL's. I think last night I found the trouble. It seems that where the cap screws in it cuts into the cable to make the connection the the outer wire, and after some time when the cable wiggles it looses connection there. I have started cutting the cable with big sharp scissors and being careful to re-assemble them properly, and they are doing fine.

    Also GL's are quite wide, and when pedals have side jacks they can steal real estate.
     

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