Best patch short patch cords for linking pedals?

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  1. tubby_cosmos Well-Known Member

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    What do you guys use to connect your pedals? I need some soon and I don't think I'll have time to spend making my own patch chords to connect all my pedals, so I need to go buy a few in the 4" to 1' range. The lead guitarist in my cover band recently switched to a multieffects unit after being a stompbox guy for a few years so he's giving/lending (it's not quite clear yet) me a couple of his pedals to add to my collection. Very cool, but now I need to figure out how I'm going to arrange everything =P.

    Anyways, enough ADD. What kind of cords?
  2. woody77 Getting Slimmer Every Week!

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    Never Fear, click on this link bellow and enjoy arranging your board ;)

    http://pedalboardplanner.com/

    I do suggest making your own, George L's, Lava, Planet Waves all do great pedalboard kits. And they are relatively easy to construct, you could always ask your band mates to help. Some pre made patch cables tend to be flimsy and break easy so spending some extra pennies on decent cables will be an investment, also you could be able to replace the cable if you decide to rearrange your board again. Remember to keep them short n sweet to keep your tone crisp ;)
  3. Amberience F**K SLAPBACK!

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    Why the hell didn't you mention Lava cables in my thread!?! :D

    Exactly what I was looking for. And quite a bit cheaper than George L's too.
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    if you can afford it DiMarzio there cables are nuts
  5. woody77 Getting Slimmer Every Week!

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    Sorry my bad ;)
  6. Amberience F**K SLAPBACK!

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    :D

    No worries; cheers though. Gonna order a bunch after xmas; you can get 30 jacks and 30' of cable for £130 !!?! :mad:
  7. woody77 Getting Slimmer Every Week!

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    Sweet, and they look like good cables too :D
  8. Amberience F**K SLAPBACK!

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    Supposed to be much better than George L's.
  9. Stearner There's no stopping... a bird dropping

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    Thanks for the heads up to Lava cables, they look very cool and very high quality from what I can see.. I have larger priorities at the moment than replacing my cables, but when the time comes these could be the way to go :)
  10. Ernesto Does not have the same opinion!

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    If I would give any advice on cables (instrument, pedal patch), rather than for which brand to go exactly, I'd say this:
    1. Don't pay too much, cables are bound to suffer and will have to be replaced frequently;
    2. Don 't get thin or improperly shielded cables;
    3. Make a choice and then stick to the brand and type of cable of your choice, reason being that cables have an impact on the sound, if you set up your tone with cable X, then go to a gig using cable Y, you'll have to retweak your settings.
    Personally I have used Klotz cables for over 15 years, and have always been satisfied with the quality. There is one exception, I also have a few vintage style (cloth) cables because they help getting a vintage tweed sound when I need it.
  11. woody77 Getting Slimmer Every Week!

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    Good advice, I was thinking of the planet waves kits because they look quite chunky and could take a lot of punishment.
  12. Andrew F Chicken Lickin' Tiger Time

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    I use Planetwave patch cables, except I need to replace one of my longer cables as its a little shoddy.

    But, A good quality patch cable is worth every penny.
  13. Amberience F**K SLAPBACK!

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    :D
  14. Stearner There's no stopping... a bird dropping

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    I don't personally rate PWs for reliability.. had one myself and it broke after a few months of home use. I know Joe Bonamassa used to get through tonnes on tour, but for patch cables they may be alright, they sound pretty good too, or as I remember :)
  15. woody77 Getting Slimmer Every Week!

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    I was just thinking of buying the pedalboard kit, I'm not sure about making making my own guitar lead.
  16. Stearner There's no stopping... a bird dropping

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    Yeh, should be fine then, unless you wanted to have all you cables match, of course ;)
  17. sted Doesn't give a f**k.

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    Stick gave me a very reasonable price for his Silentnoise cables that he makes up himslef, custom lengths, at least drop him a line through the store to get a price, theyre all HQ klotz cable.
  18. cderycke "Your limits may not be where you think they are"

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    I can vouch for Sticks silentnoise cables too. Great price and pretty much custom made to order length and jack type. I'll be posting him a mail when I replace my patch cables in a month or so.

    Drop him a line - you wont be dissapointed
  19. Voodoorider Can spot a twat a mile away.

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    I have 2 of sticks cables arriving on Tuesday! Checked them out at Robs a few weeks ago and they're a vey solid build, i guess only time will tell on the durability, but i have a feeling they're going to be great :cool: Very reasonably priced too!
  20. Mojo292 Wango Tango!

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    All I can say is buy something that has a lifetime warranty, then when it shits and dies, you get a free replacement. You'll never have to buy cables again, unless the original maker goes belly up. I'm content with Fulltone cables, they are cheaper than Monster and PW, and they are guaranteed for life. Just send the dead one back, and they replace it.

    edit: Stick's cables sound like a good deal, especially for those in the UK. ;)

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