Should I spend $90 on 5 interconnects or should I buy some switchcraft angle plugs and cable and solder them myself? I haven't tried this before... is it difficult? Any drawbacks to doing this versus a kit like lava or george L?
if you haven't soldered before, i'm not sure i'd advise it. lava's kit is pretty good and the cable sounds good. i think the george l's stuff is horrendous and really actually takes some skill to put together. not quite soldering skill, but it is nowhere near as obvious as it's presented.
I have been a reader of these forums for over a year now, and on this subject I feel compelled to post.
Any cable that is not soldered is compromised no question!
Soldering is not hard and if you are serious about being an electric guitar player this is up there with reading charts... just do it! ... and use the best quality cable you can afford, it will not only give you good tone but last for years and as a bonus they fit exactly to your pedal board.
The skills of soldering help to put new pots and switches/ pickups in your guitar, as stated previously use an old cable to practice on, read up on the many web pages on how to.......give it a go.. what have you got to loose?