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Patch cables

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Ariv2008, Aug 3, 2013.

  1. Ariv2008


    May 12, 2013
    Starting a pedal board and I'm gonna need some patch cables. I'm looking to get good quality patch cables to reduce noise and all that. I've seen them go for as low at like 5 bucks and as high as 25 bucks a pop. So just wonder who's got some reliable patches that they'd recommend. I'll be running about 9 pedals in my chain, one of them is a foot switch for the RC-30looper.
  2. Look on amazon.com and go by the star ratings. Don't buy all the hype though, you don't need gold plated plugs or Monster cable. Find the lowest priced cables with the best ratings. Boom.
  3. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    Agree about patch cable hype, ignore it. $7-$10 a pop should get you some good ones.
  4. raelalt


    Aug 3, 2013
    SF Bay Area
    You might want to consider using couplers instead. They save on space since you can position the boxes closer to each other. They come direct as well as in different degree of offsets. Plus they are cheaper.
  5. boomertech

    boomertech Frank Appleton Supporting Member Commercial User

    Apr 8, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    Designer/Owner of FEA Labs
    Rigid couplers can be a danger to pedal jacks. A flexible connection between your pedals lessens the possibility of solder fractures between the jack and PCB.

  6. adamsmatthewj


    May 4, 2013
  7. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    DiMarzio cables are my favorite. They have the smallest/narrowest connectors, sound great, and look great. I have very few pedals that have jacks that line up with the pedal next to it, so these are great. I found pancake connectors too wide, and most others just way too big.
  8. I'll second the planet waves kit. Been using and loving it now for about a year and a half. Only thing if caution about it, or any roll your own cable kit, is either get a cable tester to make sure the thing works, or be prepared to individually plug in each cable to ensure they work. There's no worse feeling than cutting and wiring up your entire board and then when you go to play there's no sound. Been there, had to undo everything and trouble shoot all the cable to find the bad one.
  9. mouthmw


    Jul 19, 2009
    Hosa pancakes. Affordable and thinnest. Nothing wrong with them.
  10. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    Mogami Gold 6" angled. $22 a pop, five years old at least, never a single issue.
  11. kylejamesbaker


    Jul 7, 2011
    I usually use Planet Waves too. Mine have lasted me a long time.
    I also like Mogami and Lava.
  12. johnbegone

    johnbegone Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2004
    Chicago, IL
  13. Stevorebob

    Stevorebob Well... I Am Here, Aren't I? Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2011
    Los Angeles
    I use Lava Cables pre-made mini ECL with the Switchcraft 229 pancake connectors. Flexible low-capatance cable, small connectors, made in any length and great craftsmanship. Not the lowest cost, but not the highest either.
  14. +1
  15. neuman

    neuman Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2009
    Denver, CO 'burbs
    I use a mix of the Hosa pancakes, LiveWire 12", and the $5 check-out counter 6 inchers from GC; 6 years in and none have failed or given me any trouble
  16. Ariv2008


    May 12, 2013
    The planet waves kit is looking pretty good. With the space I'd like to work with and depending on what order I put things I'm gonna have some pretty odd angles on my board. Being able to customize my patches will be a huge help.
  17. NoxNoctus

    NoxNoctus The Crushinator

    May 9, 2004
    Annapolis, MD
    +1 for Hosas. Nice and low profile, good quality, cheap, and various lengths.
  18. johnbegone

    johnbegone Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    A note on the planet waves: the connectors are pretty bulky and the cable is rigid so it's hard to use them in some situations.
  19. Ariv2008


    May 12, 2013
    In what kind of situation would they be hard to use?