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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. flashPUNK

    flashPUNK

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    Toronto Ontario
    What i've learned after going from el cheap-o cables, to George L's to Lava - Do it right the first time. Invest in a Lava cable kit, and extra ends if you need them, and order an extra supply of wire too. That way if/when you want to change it up, you've got wire laying around at your disposal.
     
  2. The Lava solderless kits look nice. He put a lot of thought in to those plugs.
     
  3. flashPUNK

    flashPUNK

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    It's really important to cut the cable with a razor blade to ensure a clean cut.
     
  4. georgemg

    georgemg

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    Location:
    Burlington, Ontario
    I've been using George L's for the past ten years, and I like them a lot. They're very convenient when you make changes to your set up. Haven't had one fail on me yet (knock on wood).

    I hadn't really thought too much about making any changes to my pedal board cables, since they've been working well for me all these years. I don't have any complaints about the George L ends, but I might try out the Evidence Audio Monorail cabling to see if there is a difference in the sound. They seem promising and changing just the cable (at a couple of dollars a foot) would be less painful than changing everything. Has anyone tried the Monorail cable?
     
  5. rlord1974

    rlord1974 Gold Member

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    Location:
    Kingston
    I had been using Mogami cable for years on my old pedalboard and recently switched to Evidence Monorail. I had a whole board custom-wired for Monorail by Casey Hanson of Ottawa. Amazing work by Casey and, more topically, what amazing cable! The Evidence stuff definitely makes a difference in terms or top-end and clarity. Check it out!
     
  6. ACCABUTS

    ACCABUTS

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    Newmarket, Ontario
    I have been using George L's for many years now and they have never failed me. Really easy to use and great to customize the length. I quite often change my pedal set up too so these cables take a pounding!!
     
  7. georgemg

    georgemg

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    Burlington, Ontario
    Sounds good. I'm planning on rewiring my pedalboard soon and when I do I'll definitely check them out. I'm just waiting for Fulltone to release the CFV2 that the've been promising for a few years. Come on already - there's a big space in my pedaboard and it's making me antsy!
     
  8. mhammer

    mhammer

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    Location:
    Ottawa, Ontario
    We've focussed on cable-based interconnection of pedals here, but they don't always HAVE to be connected with cables.

    There was an interesting idea in either DEVICE or Polyphony 30 or more years back involving a cluster of MXR pedals a guy had devised a way to connect. All the pedals used the same Hammond 1590B form factor, and were machined to have their jacks and the holes for them in the same spot, regardless of effect. So what the guy did was remove the output jack from pedal 1, take the nut off the input jack in pedal 2, slip the threaded collar of that input jack through the hole in pedal 1, and tighten the hex nut on that input jack from the other side of the hole (i.e., inside the first pedal). His group of pedals became one solid rigid mass. The stompswitch wire that would have normally gone to the output jack would be fed through the "tunnel" linking the pedals, and soldered to the input lug on the jack. Smart, huh? Although clearly it has limited applicability, but I imagine if a person had a bunch of pedals from the same manufacturer (Boss, DOD, etc.) where the holes were all at the same height, it could work for them too.

    The other route is to use the solid offset male-to-male plugs like these beauties: https://www.audiospares.com/product.php?productid=1846

    When Radio Shack/The Source dumped their component stock, I bought wads of rt-angle phone plugs and made my own. Easy and cheap, and they work like a charm. I was also pleased to find out that these DIY ones actually took up less space than the commercial ones, permitting tighter packing of pedals. Something to think about.

    Again, much like the first solution, this is obviously something that requires a certain degree of consistency in pedal form factor in order to work out well. But no reason why a person couldn't use a mix of approaches should they have a mixture of form factors on their board.
     
  9. zontar

    zontar

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    Somewhere around here
    Well, with a new pedal I may need a new cable or something to hook up all my pedals--although I normally don't do that.

    I mostly use just plugs, not cable between--and that works well for me.
    The only exception is for my Strymon as he inputs are at the front, not on the sides.
    But I also have a cable I got somewhere with screw on plugs-I may cut that down, but if I had to start over--that Lave kit looks good.
     
  10. zontar

    zontar

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    I will need a new cable or one of those offset/angled plugs.
     
  11. Chito

    Chito Gold Member

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    Ottawa, Ontario
    +1 I've been through different cables too and the Lava is the one that I've had that I had no problems with. Which reminds me, I got my set from flashpunk. ;)
     
  12. mhammer

    mhammer

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    I was at Princess Auto this morning, and I was struck by the sheer number of discounted high-end audio patch cables in 3, 6, and sometimes 8ft lengths. True, the ends are all RCA plugs, but one can easily chop them off and solder on quality phone plugs of your favourite variety. Keep in mind that a 6ft cable with 5 connectors on each end is essentially 30ft of cable. And if the thing is selling for $6.99, that's a pretty cheap price for decent cable....if you feel that cable makes a difference.

    Just a thought.
     
  13. Just tried Lava cable solder-less kit ....took a bit of practice getting the braid just right but after that pretty simple
     
  14. gtone

    gtone

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    Nov 1, 2009
    Location:
    Moose Jaw, SK
    Bought Evidence Audio Monorail in bulk, soldered on G&H angled plugs. Saved a bundle, got top drawer pedalboard patch cables in custom size and quantity.

    What a difference even a couple of these make - they really expose your signal, for better or for worse.
     
  15. GuitarsCanada

    GuitarsCanada Staff Member

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    Location:
    Thorold, ON
    Was it you that got that cable and plugs from me a while back?
     

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