Want to cut and make my own patch cables

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  1. Rycebag

    Rycebag Supporting Member

    Feb 22, 2008
    image.jpg Hey guys how hard is it really to make my own cables. I have some extra canare
    Gs-6 cable left over and some switch craft ends and everybody keeps telling me they won't do it. I went to guitar center a long time ago and they actually did the instrument cables for me but when I went back to ask if they could do the patch cables they said they don't do that. Also how hard would it be to fix one of the cables as I think one of the ends are messed up cause there's no volume and it buzzes insanely.
     
  2. rufus.K

    rufus.K

    Oct 18, 2015
    SoCal
    Incredibly easy. I do it as part of my job. I can walk you through it if you like.
     
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  3. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    It's every easy to do them yourself. All you need to do is tin the wire & the connector before attaching.

    Neutrik are the best, or so everyone says.
     
  4. rufus.K

    rufus.K

    Oct 18, 2015
    SoCal
    If you're going to do it with the switchcraft ends and gs-6 cable you already have, it's very straight foreword. Do you have decent wire strippers, a soldering device, and solder? Additionally some heat shrink tubing or electrical tape can be used .
    Are you going to re-use old ends?
     
  5. Rycebag

    Rycebag Supporting Member

    Feb 22, 2008
    I basically have none of the tools. I have ten extra new ends and they all come with that little clear plastic looking piece in the pic I posted. is that the shrink?
     
  6. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    I think that clear plastic goes inside the connector to keep the center conductor from contacting the shell of the connector.
     
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  7. rufus.K

    rufus.K

    Oct 18, 2015
    SoCal
    No, that's an insulator
     
  8. Rycebag

    Rycebag Supporting Member

    Feb 22, 2008
    so what's the supply list that I am going to need? haha.
     
  9. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    I'd like to add that you can color code them using techflex. It's just braided sleeving that goes over the cable & you put some heat shrink over the ends to make it look neat.

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  10. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    I had a difficult time getting 1/2" shrink tubing to close in on the cable properly, but I was only using a hair dryer on the hottest setting.
    I had better luck with 3/8" heat shrink.

    wire stripper
    soldering iron
    solder
    something to hold the connector while you're soldering to it
    (I use a big plastic spring clamp I bought at Lowe's for about $3)

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  11. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    Oh, you might also need some copper wicking, it's used to get solder off of stuff when you make mistakes.

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  12. thewildest

    thewildest

    May 25, 2011
    Florida, USA
  13. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    Almost forgot about rosin too.

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    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

  15. rufus.K

    rufus.K

    Oct 18, 2015
    SoCal
    Absolute basics, just a soldering pencil, solder, and wire stripper. These are tools you can use forever, so the better the soldering pencil and strippers (to a point) the better. You'll have an easier time with something to hold what you're working on. I use shrink tube to color code the cables, but it's and extra and not required
     

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  16. rufus.K

    rufus.K

    Oct 18, 2015
    SoCal
  17. rufus.K

    rufus.K

    Oct 18, 2015
    SoCal
    I've been meaning to change the ends on this knotted up beast for some time, I'll do it hand post it here
     

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  18. rufus.K

    rufus.K

    Oct 18, 2015
    SoCal
    Yes and yes
     
  19. rufus.K

    rufus.K

    Oct 18, 2015
    SoCal
    Here are strippers, some bits of white and black shrink, and some scissors
     

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  20. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    Here is my kit. The only thing not pictured here is the hair dryer & my wire cutters. I also have a better set of wire strippers around here somewhere.

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    Heat shrink tubing - in the bag
    the clamp
    wicking & wire strippers
    brush for flux
    solder & flux
    solder sucker (desoldering pump)
    the iron & it's tiny little stand (at the bottom right)
     
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