Making Bass Cables

Discussion in 'Accessories [BG]' started by MrMarino, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. MrMarino


    Oct 11, 2018
    I am making some custom cables and have come to the Website they have a ton of cable tips for sale at various prices. I am just wondering if anyone can give me a heads up on a certain type that would be best. I have used Neutrik and Amphenol in the past. Obviously those are the main two companies but there are so many codes at the end of each product. I love the design and the quality of both but what is the best? What would you consider to be the highest rated or worth the dollars. Thanks for some insight.
  2. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    Welcome to TalkBass.
    There isn't one tip manufacturer company that is best. There are maybe a dozen that are best. I use Switchcraft or Neutrik.
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2018
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  3. Axstar

    Axstar Inactive

    Jul 8, 2016
    I've made my own cables with Van Damme cable and Neutrik jacks.
  4. MrMarino


    Oct 11, 2018
    Many dozen? Im trying to narrow it down to specifics, like Nickel, gold, silent. Im just wondering if you can really tell a difference in sound, all of these are only about $1.50-$5.00 separation. thanks
  5. MrMarino


    Oct 11, 2018
    Neutrik gold? nickel? Im just wondering if it is worth it to buy on that costs $6 opposed to one that only costs $3.
  6. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    If you plan to plug it in and then NEVER unplug it, then MAYBE a gold connector is worth while. If that is the case why not just solder it to begin with. Gold plating is usually very thin and won't stand up plugging in and out very often. Nickle or chrome, I tend to think chrome, but as slow as nickle is to oxidize, pragmatically it doesn't really matter. Conductivity differences is not something you will notice without lab test equipment. I am more concerned about quality of construction, accurate dimensions, and the base materials they are made from. FYI telephone companies around the world use(d) those connectors with no plating at all, just bare brass for both the plug and jack..
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2018
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  7. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician
    I dislike gold-plated plugs. The plating is thin and comes off inside the jack where it interferes with a good connection after a while. Often when a customer brings a bass in for a jack replacement, because it’s crackling or cutting out, I clean the jack and and it’s fine. The cleaning removes gold plating that has come off the plug. It’s obvious that the junk that comes out is gold plating, and checking with the user confirms that they are using plated plugs.

    Sometimes it’s not gold plating, but 9 times out of ten it is.
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  8. Badwater


    Jan 12, 2017
    Those Neutrik jacks are great. Spend the money and get the good ones. The silent jack is a good one. Been using it for over 9 years without failure. Mogami cables are also a good match.
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  9. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Switchcraft 280 or Neutrik NP2C. That's all you need to know.
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  10. farace

    farace Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2016
    Connecticut USA
    I like the Neutriks that have the screw-lock cable clamps, rather than the crimp-ons.
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  11. MrMarino


    Oct 11, 2018
    thanks everybody! exactly the info I needed!
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  12. I lile the silent plugs, wonderful idea. However, I did have one that the tip came off the brass rod it was crimped onto. I had to open the instrument to get it out, and Neutrik wouldn't replace it because it was past the warranty period.
  13. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    Mismatched metals are never a good idea in the long run. What are your mating connectors plated with? If nickel, stick with nickel plugs (I'd do that anyway, gold is just so much glitter in this case, really).
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  14. rufus.K


    Oct 18, 2015
    I only use jacks and plugs made of neptunium. It doesn't corrode and has a decent half life. There is also 30% more tone in them.
    Its just really hard to get gigs in a vacuum (nevermind playing in a leaded suit)
  15. MrMarino


    Oct 11, 2018
    I'm not finding anything on this. What brand uses neptunium...
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  16. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    He's messing with you. Once the OP's (you in this case) question has been answered, things tend to get silly.
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  17. keyboardguy

    keyboardguy Supporting Member

    May 11, 2005
  18. joel the bass player

    joel the bass player Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2000
    Omaha, NE
    Me and a buddy bought a bunch of supplies from Redco and made some cables a few years ago. They are great cables and I still use them but I don't know if I would go through the trouble of making my own again.

    The fancy Neutrik TS plugs have really great cable retention pieces in them they seem to make a a rock solid cable. We went all out and put on the Techflex too, which makes for a neat cable but I'm not sure if they made any difference to the longevity. I have been meaning to get a few smaller plugs to make some patch cables with what I have left but haven't needed them yet. I could definitely use more practice with the iron, but I pull it out so infrequently that I haven't really improved my skills much.
  19. Rock Salad

    Rock Salad

    Jun 30, 2018
    Tulsa, Ok. USA
    You guys like George L's? I do but have limited experience with all the choices there are.
  20. MrMarino


    Oct 11, 2018
    Ya I hear ya, I have already made about 15 cables. All of them have turned into trial and error, its definitely a skill to be familiar with or its not worth the time.