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Pedalboard Cables
December 31, 2012
1:43 pm
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December 31, 2012

Hi Tone King,

What pedalboard cables do you recommend for really tight spaces?


December 31, 2012
8:26 pm
The Tone King
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June 20, 2009

Hey KY – Thx for your post.  So – thats a good question.  Here's why …


All pedal boards are different – and some cables are tough in tight spaces.  Here's the lay of the land (IMO).


Bullet Cable makes DIY cables – so in really tight spaces – you can angle the ends to match your specific need (like having a end look like this : L while the other end looks like this 7 (if that makes any sense).


I recently bought a few cables for my 3P3D event. I bought a pack of 3 of Live Wire EG06LL (but they don't bend to easy – so I'm not a fan).  I also bought a pack of Planet Waves Classic Right Angle Patch (pack of 3) – and they bend better.  Both seem to be good cables – but if you're looking for REALLY tight, specific spaces, maybe DIY is the way to go – otherwise Planet Waves seems to make a decent (and flexible) cable.


I hope that helps!


Oh – I also have some Dimarzio Jumper Cables – but they're pretty expensive.  I have those in longer runs for specific demos and such – so I can't really comment on the smaller cables – but they do seem to be made really well.

January 1, 2013
12:08 pm
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December 31, 2012

The funny part is the parts for making your own instrument cables is relatively inexpensive if you know how to solder. Canare GS-6 and Switchcraft plugs makes a great cable for a whole lot less $$ than your typical $50 cable at the music store. The problem I see is for compact DIY cables the parts are extremely overpriced for what you get. I'm currently using Live Wires on my board and with my new switcher on my board the ends and cable are a bit too bulky. The whole solderless thing seems like trouble and that stuff is super expensive!


Thanks for the info Tone King!

January 4, 2013
4:04 am
Forum Posts: 46
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January 29, 2012

you might want to check Lava solderless cables. Great quality, reusable connectors, flexible and really compact.

pricey though…

January 4, 2013
7:55 am
Forum Posts: 10
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December 31, 2012

I did check out Lava's web site the other and found t hat they have a solderable version of their compact plugs. I see more value in that since a soldered plug is more reliable than the solderlless plugs. Yeah, I know I could cut the end and reinsert the cable to fix a problem on a solderless plug on the fly, but that is why I carry backup cables. I don't want to be fiddling around at the last minute. I may have to bite the bullet and go with Lava cable. I'll start saving my pennies ;)

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