Patch cables for a tight squeeze...

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by fenderbender07, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. fenderbender07

    fenderbender07 Supporting Member

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    Hey my board is just about filled up, however, I think that I could fit one, or possibly two more pedals on it if I could find some patch cables that take up less space. Does anybody know of a brand that would allow me to get my pedals even closer than GL's?
     
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    Lavaman makes some great new patch cables that allow you to get a pretty tight fit between pedals, and they are more reliable and sound better than GL's...Lava Cable Mini ELC. Check em out!
     
  4. whoismarykelly

    whoismarykelly Oh look! This is a thing I can change!

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    Try making your own cables with the pancake ends
     
  5. kldonegan

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    Yes. Switchcraft has one and it's tighter than anything else I've come across, besides those cheaper pancake ends on the HOSA cables... They're even thinner.
     
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    jrm Member

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    I would think that the Bill Lawrence cables are pretty low-pro too!
     
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    Are the switchcraft pancakes reliable/easy to solder? Do they have a solder tab for ground or are they like the cheapie ones where you're trying (and failing usually) to solder ground right to the big metal shell? That sucks, I can attest.
     
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    ...or I just need an industrial iron.
     
  9. Grenville

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    Show me your board and I'll see where I can fit more in!
     
  10. mike@nortoncable.com

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    get a wire toothbrush and scrape up the surface your attempting to solder, then clean it with some contact cleaner that doesnt leave residue.. :)
     
  11. Flyin' Brian

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    For real. He runs a fine business with great products.
     
  13. silverface

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    +1 for Bill Lawrence cables. Can't beat the price - and they're even better than GLs!

    Here's a pic for comparison. First BL short connector, BL normal connector and GL right angle:

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    Best wishes,

    silverface!
     
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    I like fooling around and wasting time, but not money - thus DIY.
     
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    Thanks for the lowdown. I'll give that a shot.
     
  16. LVE

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    http://www.effectsconnection.com/oscommerce/product_info.php?cPath=25&products_id=140

    I typically use the switchcraft right-angle plugs for the speaker connection in combo amp builds. I lost the backing screws on my last one during a build once and ran out to Radio Shack to see if I could score a plug. I found a Taiwanese replacement and took it home only to find it seemed to be the exact same plug. I could not find any difference in the two except the backing screws were a little different. So that makes those Taiwanese jobs a pretty good buy for a buck a pop versus your name brand job for 5 bucks. I use these on my pedal board with some skinny cable and it works great.

    They are a little tough to solder to the shell. Marking it up as Analog suggested works well and a high wattage soldering gun helps too.
     
  17. mike@nortoncable.com

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    :) It works, You have to give some texture to the smooth surface, it gives something for the solder to latch onto, make sure you clean it well after scratching, any metal flakes wouldnt be a good thing to have left behind :)
     
  18. Super Locrian

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    I have 3 pedals on my board that are really close. I've tried the Lava ELC cables, but I simply can't get them to work between these pedals (I'm sure they're excellent otherwise). I can't use the pancake style plugs either. Are there other alternatives for a really tight squeeze?
     

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