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FX cable question.

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Rickenmonster, Sep 28, 2013.

  1. I am starting by first pedal board but all the store cables are very stiff and the housings are too long for my purpose. Does anyone know of a company that supplies plugs with short housings (straight+90) and more flexible cable so I can fashion custom cables to fit my personal needs? Black housings would be a bonus.
  2. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    George L's cables are great IMO.

    You can buy a kit and make them the exact length you want. Solderless and super easy to put together. The ends are tiny as well.
  3. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    This is what I use. But all my friends make it a point to do as I say, not as I do.

    G-Ls have a thing called Material Memory. Not your friend.

    I got lucky because I fooled around with cables a bit. Work em in.
    Like anything else at all related to you bass putting a bit of time in educating yourself will pay dividends.

    Read reviews, Educate yourself. Trust me this is not a cheap investment. BTW it is an investment. Getting the right cable for you will pay off in that they should last for years and sound better.

    But number one if reliable. Not matter how good they sound if they crap out at a gig they are no good.

    The first cables for effects I had I made out a Daisy foot switch. I wish I could find more of that wire.
  4. K thanks. I'll look into it. I have no problem with soldering. I am aware of " material memory" and just want to do the best job possible.
  5. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    Material memory? That's a new one for me. George Ls aren't much different than other brands IME .

    In any case, I have had 5 or 6 George L's for about a decade in heavy use (pedalboard and other more demanding use) and have had no issues.

    Most cables sound the same anyways. Buy something fairly high quality that fits with what you need to do.

  6. Excellent. What I am looking for is a range of experienced testimonials
  7. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    I've used many pre-made, and make your own cables, and the George L's are definitely among the easiest to make, and fit in the tightest spots.
  8. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    I use the 6" right angle Mogami Golds. I love them.
  9. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    I use George L's as well. They are awesome for me. I like the fact that they can be cut to any length and they are space savers to a certain degree as well. I can place pedals a lot closer together and that's a concern for considering I have a lot of pedals on one board. And they are very workable. The thinner gauged wire is great. I love George L's. And they look cool. Sound cool. Work great. I don't need anything more. Just wish I had the cash to get another kit right now! I need some more.
  10. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    Unless someone has a link to this "material memory" and an explanation why George Ls have it and why it's bad ... I think I have to call BS.

    I use George Ls, it's just convenient to make exact lengths for a tidy pedalboard. Others like Lava, same kind of solderless cables. If you want compact cables there's for instance this ready-made kind http://www.amazon.com/Hosa-IRG-600-5-Guitar-Cables-6-Inch/dp/B0002IAJ56
  11. I'm mostly familiar withmaterial memory in regards to thermoplastics and such-not quite sure how it applies here. Just pulled the trigger on some George L cable gear. Thanks, guys!
  12. ulynch

    ulynch Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2010
    Nor Cal
    IMHO, the George L and Lava kits are ridonkulously overpriced. :rollno:

    I made my own custom pedalboard cables from inexpensive stranded coax cable known as RG 58 A/U. It has nearly identical construction and tech specs to the best instrument/effect cables, but is a fraction of the price. I got 100 ft for $17. It has the added advantage of being nice and thin, like the George L cabling. And as long as you get stranded core (that's the "A" designation), it's very flexible.

    The shielding in instrument cable is designed so that it doesn't induce static electrical currents when moving it around. This is less of a problem with digital network cable, so the design of the shielding here may generate noise when moving and the inner shield rubs against the jacket. I haven't had this problem, but I wouldn't use RG58 for a guitar cable. I think it's fine for this.

    Inexpensive pancake head audio connectors can be had on the 'bay at about $30 for 20. Mine are branded "GLS Audio". My build isn't terribly crowded, but I like having the extra space the compact pancake heads allow.

    Measure, cut, solder. :D

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  13. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    Well, that depends on how high you value ...

    ... measure, cut, no need to solder. ;)

    The more often often you reconfigure your board, the more you appreciate not having to solder.
  14. Pancake connectors don't work for me in every spot. Some inputs are too close together.
  15. I've spent a lot of $ on my board already-going with George L's expensive tho they be.
  16. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL

    Gawd I don't want to even figure how much money I've invested in my board. Eesh. But, to me, it was worth every penny. And I'd rather spend the little extra money on good, reliable patches. And as stated, it all depends on what your definition of expensive is. I don't think George L's are that expensive. Especially for what you're getting.
  17. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    One of my George L's crapped out last night and my pedalboard is toast.:spit:

    This VERY rarely happens and when it does, snipping 1/8" of the end of the cable and screwing the connectors back on fixes the problem almost always.

    I love the George L's cables, but even on a pedalboard, thinks can go bad after a while.
  18. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    They most def can go wrong good sir. Yeah, the only issue I've ever had with a George L cable is when I messed up and didn't cap a connection good enough and my board didn't work after I used that one patch. All I had to do was unscrew the cap, and as stated, cut the cord right where the cap ripped into it and screw the cap back on again. The three biggest reasons why I like George L's is because you can:
    1. Cut them to length.
    2. Can fit them into tight spaces and fit your pedals closer together (I think I like this the most)
    3. They sound great and the wire used is thin so it's very manageable and you can weave in and out throughout your board to make mostly anything work.
  19. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    I have not had a cable go bad yet. Could be because they get re-made so often anyway with all the pedalboard changes. :)

  20. Agreed.

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