An idea for patch cable building/soldering

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  1. crambone

    crambone Supporting Member

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    One of my guitar buddies suggested this and I wanted to know if anyone else has done this before to create patch cables (namely, these would run from a looper to the rest of the board):

    1. Buy 6' long straight-plug patch cables (http://www.ebay.com/itm/190735477431?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)
    2. Buy GLS pancake ends (http://www.ebay.com/itm/390620352580?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)
    3. Leave the straight-plug and cut the cable to length
    4. Solder the pancake cable on the cut end
    5. Plug straight end into looper and pancake end into pedal

    It seems like it's an easy way to save time and soldering to accomplish the same thing as buying straight ends, pancake ends and a spool of cable.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. guitarsngear

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    You might save time and soldering, but will probably spend more money and also have wasted cable when you cut them to length. But the idea itself doesn't seem bad to me.
     
  3. crambone

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    Thanks. Anyone else care to chime in?
     
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    Yes of course it would work.
     
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    Just buy bulk cable and ends you want, what's another 8min soldering on the other end. This way you control quality of every component tip to tip.
     
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    Yes, exactly what he 🔝 said.
     
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    What kind of bulk cable do you recommend?

    Also, it would be more costly to buy 12 of each straight and pancake ends and then the cable. Unless you guys know someplace other than eBay. I am open to suggestions.
     
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    What ends did you use?

    Also, got some pics of your finished work?
     
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    Thanks. My buddy will be the one doing the soldering but I will make sure to send him that video.
     
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    Well worth the effort. It's surprising but the little things add up, I can hear the difference...a bar audience won't, but I'll know. :)

    :sarcasm Good cables and connectors sound better than crappy cheap ones... Go figure. ;)

    I'm as guilty as the next guy of dropping coin on the next new big thing pedal, so it WAS hard to go buy connectors and supply's...to build cables...cables aren't "cool"... my ears know it was money well spent. :anon
     
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    i did this with a right angle planet wave cable end and a 6" monster cable once. Worked perfectly fine
     

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