#1
Here are some instructions on how to build your own DIY guitar cable to be used with apps such as Amplitube for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. I am sure that some of you have all ready attempted this before and came out with poor results so I am betting you did exactly what I did wrong the first time too but with this guide that will be fixed. So lets get started on this thing.

Tools Needed

Wire Cutters
Soldering Iron
Wire Strippers *i just used a small knife*

Supplies Needed

1/4" Female Jack
1/8" Female Jack *you can use a 1/4" also if you wish*
1.5k ohm 1/2 watt resistor *you can use anything between 1k ohm 1/4 watt to 2.2k ohm 1/2 watt, I used 1.5k ohm 1/2 watt*
3.5" to RCA Male cable.


You can buy everything at Radio Shack except the cable which I had to order online.
This is the cable I used. http://www.cablewholesale.com/specs/camcorder-cable/10a1-04106.htm

You also need a state of the art work table as shown here.


Step 1: Cut off those jacks. Its a good idea to label them but the cable I posted has color coded inner wires too so I did not need to label them.


Step 2: Strip about 1" of the outer coating off of all of the wires then about 1/4" off of all of the inner wires as shown here.


Step 3: Solder one of the leads on the resistor to the red inner wire.


Step 4: Solder the other end of the resistor to the top ring of the jack that is connected to the arm that holds your guitar cable in. Then solder the other wire to the very bottom ring of the jack.
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Step 5: Take the white and yellow cables and wrap the outer wires to each other.
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Step 6: Now solder those wires you just wrapped up to the very bottom ring on the jack. Then solder the yellow to the middle ring, then the white to the top ring.
I would have done a step by step pic of this but my iPhones camera just cant take detailed enough pictures of something that small.
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Now to keep those cables from being damaged just go find something you like to put them in. I use computer speakers for mine so I did not care to use something pocket sized so I stuck mine in a plastic box.
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Video Coming Soon!

Sorry for the lack of IMG's. UG would not let me put them all as IMG so the rest are links.
Last edited by Darkdevil725 at Aug 30, 2010,
#3
Quote by User_Name336
i bought one from a surplus store for $3.33 including tax last night...


you made this thread worth looking at



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#4
Quote by User_Name336
i bought one from a surplus store for $3.33 including tax last night...


That would be nice to find. But thanks anyway. Sometimes I have had to make my own cable because I either can't find the cable, or the other cable is to high in price.
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#5
Quote by the1967mustang
That would be nice to find. But thanks anyway. Sometimes I have had to make my own cable because I either can't find the cable, or the other cable is to high in price.

haha sorry if i upset you in any way man. i didnt really mean to. i was commenting more on the fact that you said build for under $15, yet i have found them numerous times for under $5 (and i'm from canada - things are always more expensive here).

i know what you're getting at though. i love to build my own stuff too.
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Quote by User_Name336
haha sorry if i upset you in any way man. i didnt really mean to. i was commenting more on the fact that you said build for under $15, yet i have found them numerous times for under $5 (and i'm from canada - things are always more expensive here).

i know what you're getting at though. i love to build my own stuff too.


Same. Very Expensivest.

I agree.

Good guide, but, I refuse to buy one of those iPod things. They're just stupid.
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#7
Quote by Darkdevil725

Wire Strippers *i just used a small knife*


Maybe i'm just getting old, but that looks like a ****ing huge knife to me!
EH


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#8
would this cable work with any windows based programs?

could i use to plug my guitar directly into my computer as a line in device?
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#9
Quote by seek_&_destroy
would this cable work with any windows based programs?

could i use to plug my guitar directly into my computer as a line in device?

I dont know I will look into that. I know that you can take a 3.5 to RCA with only the red and white cables and hook them up to a guitar cable and use that for line in.
#10
Quote by seek_&_destroy
would this cable work with any windows based programs?

could i use to plug my guitar directly into my computer as a line in device?


you don't even need this to plug your guitar into the line in. What you do need, though, is a preamp of some sort. Doesn't have to be expensive or anything but just something to give your signal a boost so it's loud enough to be heard on the computer.
EH


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#11
I buy the supplies you told and follow step by step and works better than I've imagine (sorry my English I'm Mexican ). I've used the original case the iPod came in when new todo my device. It sounds very nice and only cost to me 10.5 dlr. I put also both 1/4 & 1/8 for quick connections. I'm really grateful with you and I attached my device photos. TANKS!!!!!



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#13
Quote by Darkdevil725

3.5" to RCA Male cable.


do you mean 3.5 mm?
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#14
Couldn't you just use a 1/4 inch to a 1/8 converter cable?
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#15
Thanks for getting me started on the idea of building my own irig, but I tried your approach and although it worked it sounded very tinny... so I did a bit of a search and found a schematic of a diy irig, built it and it sounds really good

Here is the link to the schematic: diy irig schematic