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Buying cables

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Shinster, Mar 18, 2002.

  1. Shinster


    Feb 23, 2002
    SF Bay area CA
    Best place to buy instument cables, etc...
  2. Local instrument store is my choice. Less hassle.
  3. does radio-shack have a homepage ? :)

    just make your own cables.. no ready-to-go cables can compete. not even those expensive ones with coloured rings.
  4. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    (MacGuyver mode: on)

    [takes shoestring, ABC gum, and two paper clips. attaches paper clips to gum, which is in turn attached to the shoestring. plugs into bass and amp...]

    (MacGuyver mode: off)

    sorry, but some of us just don't have_mad cable skills_like some people.

    all kidding aside: i guess you're referring to george L's DIY cable kits?
  5. Or, you could buy however many ends you need and some wire and solder the ends onto the lengths of wire.
  6. no.. i'm referring to : buying 5m of high-quality cable + 2x high-quality jack-plug, and then soldering them on..
  7. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Yup, quality cable, Neutrik or Switchcraft plugs, that's it.
  8. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    are the DIY cables able to endure gigging? george L doesn't recommend using their cables for "active stage use" (i reckon using them for pedals and stuff would be fine, though).
  9. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Of course they are.

    But the best thing is you can resolder them quickly if something should happen. I never had a cable failure in almost 10 years.

    The George Ls are not soldered IIRC. But Neutriks are VERY reliable and roadworthy.

    PS: It's Zauberwörter (Zauberwoerter)
  10. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    ok. the george L cables are unsoldered, so THAT's why one shouldn't "rock out" with them onstage. but if a homemade cable is soldered, it's all good to go...i'm kinda understanding this.

    (and thanks for the sig tip. i can't speak german at all. i just ripped the quote from a tool-lyrics page)
  11. i had plenty of cable failures with ready-to-go cables.. none with home brewn ones..

    i use real high-grade cable, whick is about $ 4 per meter...

    from inside out :

    - 1mm silver core ( + )
    - 2mm rubber shell
    - 0.5mm silver wire ( - )
    - 2mm rubber shell
    - iron + string shell ( for reinforcement )
    - 3mm rubber shell

    colours :

    from bass -> pedals = yellow ( 5m )
    pedals -> amp = pink ( 3m )
    FX-send = red ( 3m )
    FX-return = green ( 3m )
    between pedals = orange ( 15cm )

    all of them are connected to that are 2 goldplated jackplugs ( 1 x strait, 1 x 90° angle ) with an iron pull-protection spring, except for the yellow and orange ones, which have 2 90° angled plugs.
  12. gweimer


    Apr 6, 2000
    Columbus, OH
    I used to make my own cables, but have lost the patience for it. The cost of materials isn't that much lower than the $25 I paid for my Planet Waves cable, and the PW comes with a lifetime warranty. Mars carries them, if your local store doesn't.
  13. yeah but they're $ 70 over here.. ;)
  14. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    And you're limited in choice of length.

    If I want a 9 m cable, I simply make one.
    Same with the individual cable lengths for my rack.
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