RockGuitarist09
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#1
Hi, i've got a lot of the pedals that i want so far and have got a temporary board for it.
I want some high quality cables that aren't to expensive, so no lava or George L's.
I've heard a few people recommend making your own, which would be better as i can make custom lengths. I am ok with a soldering iron.

I am wondering which jacks to use and which cable to use? If anyone could link me to some preferably a store in the UK or maybe Thomann as i've heard they are good for the UK as well.

Thanks
RockGuitarist09
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#3
Thanks, but if i were going to spend that much i'd rather get lava. So does anyone know where i can buy good quality cable and jacks in the UK? Surely i'm not the only one who's wanting to make their own.
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#4
Local places are your best bet. Maplins is fine, if there aren't any independent suppliers/DIY/electronical/hobby shops. Don't buy online because most sites don't give enough information, especially in terms of product quality, and for componants it is actually usually cheaper to go to an actual shop than buying the same thing from a website. Hit up whatever electrical store is near you, buy whatever nice jacks and wire they have and get to work with a soldering iron. When you're buying from an inependent shop you can be pretty sure they'll only be carrying decent-quality parts, so you can't really go wrong. Cable quality and specific brands are really something you only need to worry about when buying premade stuff.
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RockGuitarist09
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#5
Ah right. I was planning on buying a load of neutrik jack's from ebay or something, but i'll check out my local maplins and ask some mates about other stores.
Hammy135
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+1 on neutrik jacks. I bought a load from ebay for something like a pound each and just cut up an old cable that had been sitting in a draw. Piss easy to do and beneficial for custom lengths.
I imagine maplins is a bit of a rip off imo.
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Quote by Hammy135
+1 on neutrik jacks. I bought a load from ebay for something like a pound each and just cut up an old cable that had been sitting in a draw. Piss easy to do and beneficial for custom lengths.
I imagine maplins is a bit of a rip off imo.


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Quote by Hammy135
+1 on neutrik jacks. I bought a load from ebay for something like a pound each and just cut up an old cable that had been sitting in a draw. Piss easy to do and beneficial for custom lengths.
I imagine maplins is a bit of a rip off imo.

I would have thought that to.
The neutrik jacks i've found are closer to £3, can you remember what ebay store you bought them from?
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Quote by Hammy135

I imagine maplins is a bit of a rip off imo.
Only for larger tools and products. For bulk cable, jacks, switches and other such, it's cheaper than buying online. They're a big company so they've got the space and buying power to pile 'em high and flog 'em cheap.
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#12
I'm looking at making some cable too (though for guitar to amp use) and all avenues of research seem to point to Neutrik jacks and Mogami (W2524) or Canare (GS-6) cable.

I can find all the varieties of jacks on eBay for about £4 a pop but no luck with the cable.

EDIT: Mogami is available in the UK from HHB, for £2.59/m, plus £4 delivery for under 15m, or £8 delivery for more, and these prices all exclude VAT.

I decided it probably wasn't worth it and went for Van Damme cable from eBay along with Neutrik jacks.
Last edited by ellisbodds at Apr 10, 2013,