Pedal Board Cables

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by vashondan, May 7, 2016.

  1. vashondan

    vashondan Supporting Member

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    Putting together my first pedalboard and wondering what kind of cables (brand and style) do you use to make your pedals look so neat and close together? Thanks!
     
  2. jsytsma

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    Most common are Lava cables, Evidence, and apparently Disaster Area has some insanely small cable heads.

    I use soldered Lava Mini ELCs and for the most part they've been good. I've had a few fail or need a quick solder, but I am pretty hard on my patch cables.
     
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    I went with George L's. Have had no issues at all, and even picked up a 50' spool of spare cable so I can move things around ad nausem.
     
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    Whatever you get, make sure don't go solderless. Had constant failures until I soldered my own Lava ultramafic cables.
     
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    I made my own, used lava tightrope solderless, and had the regular rapco or whatever from music go round at different times.

    No tonal difference with my setup, lava's are easy and sound, homemade are customizable, sound good, but take a little more time, and I found the music go round ones fine too.

    Cables are perhaps the most over rated aspect of "tone."
     
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  8. vashondan

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    Looks like some great options there thanks.

    I was just looking at all #mypedaltrain and decided to get the one just larger than the Nano+ for this very reason. I want it neat but not too tight. Just right!
     
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    If you're not going super tight with your pedals, my favorite cables are Planet Waves patch cables:
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    I use these on my bass and acoustic boards where space is not as much a consideration.

    Once I started Tetris-ing my main board to fit the maximum number of pedals physically possible, I mostly switched to these Hosa pancake cables:
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    ...which I anticipated being lower quality but have not actually had any issues with. And I've fit at least three more pedals on since I switched to these. ;)
     
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    I'll have a look at those as well. I'm waiting for delivery of the last pedal. Then I'll get the pedal board > see how the pedals lay out > decide on cables. I doubt very much that I'll ever add pedals. Maybe switch out.
     
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    Another shout out to Tightsqueeze. Solid product, good price and super fast turn over.
     
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    Agreed,on tight squeeze, my board is now all monorails.
     
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    Best-tronics released a solderless pedalboard kit this past fall. I have asset and have had good luck. Same Plugs can be used to make either straight to right angle connections.
     
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    Lava tightrope kit. Make them however you want. Tiny plugs. Great reliability
     
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    I just use the Hosa pancake cables. They work and sound great, they're inexpensive, and they're compact.
     
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    For solder-less, I found Evidence SIS to be far superior to Lava. SIS is more expensive, but it is much simpler to assemble correctly and far more reliable.

    I'd say my batting average creating properly-working-first-time Lava cables was ~60%. Usually a short somewhere. And then some would fail after a few months and have to be redone.

    My batting average with SIS is 100%, and I've had no failures. Gotten to the point that I've stopped testing newly made cables with my multimeter. I highly recommend Evidence for solder-less.
     
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    I used the Disaster Area solderless patch cables. I tried them on a whim and have never made my own cables before. Super easy and takes hardly anytime once you get the hang of it. Haven't failed me yet in the past 6 months that I've had them. Super neat and tidy as well.
     
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    Reminds me of those yard lights where you clip onto the main wire with two sharp points that hit either side of the electric cable (whenever I hear solder less). I used to hate those damn things.
     
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    I use George L's. Can cut to length needed, super easy, great tone.
     
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    I'm currently in the process of moving all my cables over to Evidence Audio SIS - super reliable and really great sound quality
     

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