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Old 03-05-2014, 06:36 PM   #1
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Questions about making cables.

I have been thinking of making my own cables. That way I can buy cable in bulk, cut it to desired length, and affix ends. Would this be cheaper than buying multiple cables in the long run? Is George L a good brand for buying bulk cable or is there something better? Is there anything complicated that I am overlooking? What kind of ends would be dependable?
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Old 03-06-2014, 01:07 AM   #2
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I did that way back in the day with 500' of Belden cable and a box full of Switchcraft ends. We all got together and had a soldering party. Many of those guitar and mic cables are still in use today 30 yrs later. Cables now are so inexpensive compared to back then because they are assembled by children in Asia instead of American union workers so the price savings of doing it yourself is nearly gone. You will learn a lot about soldering correctly, polarity, and repairing things when they break though.
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Old 03-06-2014, 07:56 AM   #3
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I still do this quite a bit for shorter patch cables on pedal boards. I usually use Canare or Mogami cable and Switchcraft ends. I've bought a fair bit from Have Inc and Redco. I put together a full guide with photos a while back if you want to know what you are getting into.

http://darkling.poppameth.com/makin...trument-cables/
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If I end up with a cheap cable (happens fairly often because I'm a cheap person...) or if any cables I have break, I usually replace the ends with nice ones. I find the cable itself is usually fine (I'm pretty lo-fi anyway) and if you solder well then they'll be more reliable than they were.
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Old 03-06-2014, 03:39 PM   #5
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it would be cheaper to buy already made guitar cable. buying cable in bulk isnt as cost saving as it sounds, so it ends up costing alot per foot. and the jacks are also fairly expensive. they are easy to make though. Id rather fix cables than make them.
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Old 05-30-2014, 03:38 AM   #6
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Thanks guys. I want to try and stay away from soldering since I don't have much time with work and stuff. I did end up buying a Planet Waves pedal board cable kit with the solderless ends, however. Think they will hold up well?
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Old 05-30-2014, 04:49 AM   #7
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Klotzl is my choice of cable. The jacks brand doesn't matter much, what matters is it's cable support. It needs to lock the cable in place rather than simply supporting with a spring. Neutrik is on the pricey side but there cable lock system is the best and that means fewer repairs in the future.

Making your own cables is more expensive than buying cheap cables but less expensive than buying good cables
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Old 05-30-2014, 10:51 AM   #8
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Thanks guys. I want to try and stay away from soldering since I don't have much time with work and stuff. I did end up buying a Planet Waves pedal board cable kit with the solderless ends, however. Think they will hold up well?


They are new so I've never tried them. They are about 10x the price of a good quality Switchcraft end though so saving money is definitely out with those. You can buy a patch cable for $2 or build a Planet Waves patch cable for $20.
http://www.amazon.com/GLS-Audio-Pat...gle+patch+cable
http://www.amazon.com/Hosa-Cable-CP...%22+patch+cable
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Old 06-04-2014, 04:52 AM   #9
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I got the patch cable kit for about $28 off eBay, but for future reference, I will buy premade cables. Thank you, guys.
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Old 06-04-2014, 10:22 AM   #10
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I buy Canare cable and Neutrik ends. The resulting cables are arguably as good as any of the most expensive lifetime warranty cables and save me (depending) 1/3 - 2/3rds of the cost. More importantly, I can make the lengths that I need.

With bulk, as with anything, the more you buy the more you save. I'll usually let other musicians, old band members, etc., know that I'm getting ready to do a run. On a couple of occasions, we've set up a couple of soldering stations, gotten together with snacks, etc., and made an evening of it. You can easily put together an entire band's needs for a year or more in a solo evening, and I've filled gig bags with cables when I've had someone to spell me for a bit.
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