I’ve been thinking about re-doing my entire pedal line set up and starting with some pieces that will form the foundation. Thinking maybe getting a Pedal Train board, Voodoo labs power and connecting all the pedals with some good cables. But what to buy? I figured I’d ask the Effects Bay community at Twitter and Facebook to see what others thought. I’m sure a few of you might find this interesting and useful.
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7R4V1S @effectsbay I’ve had too many George Ls crap out on my and then obsessively had to check each one to find the problem. No fun.
7R4V1S @effectsbay The Lavas have been good so far. A bit a skill/learning curve on building them. Just got them for Xmas so I’m still learning.
7R4V1S @effectsbay Last thing in terms of good adordable premade cables I bought some from Lyt pedalboards and they’ve been great “go to” cables.
7R4V1S @effectsbay Just started using Lava solderless since George L’s and I didn’t get along (they’d always short out if you looked at ’em wrong)
victimrocks @effectsbay Mogami balanced cables from the pedalboard to the amp and short Monster gold patch cables on the pedalboard itself.
nickbearden @effectsbay monster cables all the way around!
simonkurt @effectsbay Neutrik! Swiss quality, great warranty services. 🙂
benzakonium @effectsbay Fulltone from begining to end, awesome noise free and transparent cables
evitagen13 @effectsbay Good old Belden.
creeperbryn RT @Alexchapel: @effectsbay planet waves cable kit!
CheeseBlocks @effectsbay I make my own with the “pancake” terminals (knockoff switchcraft) and bulk guitar cable. Cheap, and lets me do custom lengths
CheeseBlocks @effectsbay Agree with @al67 on this one. Your chain is only as good as its weakest link, and the weakest link is usually wire in the pedals
Michael_Pope @effectsbay I’m using George L’s because they sound really good and they are really easy to put together. They hold up pretty well too.
BrooksCS @effectsbay I make my own…its alot cheaper and allows me to customize everything.
thenealon @effectsbay I use a random assortment I found in a tub.. Why, what should I be using?
al67 @effectsbay Actually, if you’ve ever seen the skinny wires to the footswitch in some true bypass pedals you’ll realise all cables are better
al67 @effectsbay I use cheap 6″ patch cables bought in packs of 12 for peanuts. Tiny capacitance/inductance/resistance. Pedals worse than patches
willblanton @effectsbay I use George L’s. Why? (1) COMPLETELY customizable length! very important (2) Best quality and clear,chimy highs which i LOVE!
300guitars @effectsbay George L’s because they sound decent, flexible and easy to make for custom length and easy to fix.
johnnygizmo @effectsbay Lava solderless, CoreX2 and homemade cables with the leftover CoreX2 cable and panhead right angle plugs from Radio Shack
gearalley @effectsbay Lava or Core X2
markgrundhoefer @effectsbay whole board is wired with Lava solderless right angle connectors.
dvpstar @effectsbay Monster & Mogami are my main stay for cables.
Alexchapel @effectsbay planet waves cable kit!
seanmbrage @effectsbay George L’s! You’ll be amazed how much of your tone is missing in those bad cables.
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Trey Bliss George L’s and then Monster to the amp and the VOX coiled cable to the guitar.
Andrew Green george ls and monster. considering using solderless lava cables.
Bill Thompson George L’s
Randy Whitten Lots of Bayou Cables, a few Hosa and a new Elixir cable.
Michael Jason Sammut Hosa and Elixer and recently some GFS (http://store.guitarfetish.com/gfsguca.html). Inexpensive and quite good!
Donald Mark Silva Jr i use hosa….no problems so far
So it appears that the popular kits are George Ls, Lava Cables, Hosa and Planet Waves.
George L’s Effects Pedal Cable Kit
George L’s Effects Pedal Cable Kit lets you get rid of that motley collection of unmatched, crackly old patch cords strung between your effects pedals. Includes 10′ of .155 cable and 10 right-angle solderless plugs. George L’s was voted #1 for sound clarity by Guitar Player magazine.
George L’s Effects Pedal Cable Kit costs $79.20 at Musician’s Friend
Lava Mini ELC Cable Pedalboard Kit with Right Angle Plug
The Lava Solder-Free Pedalboard Kit includes 10 feet of Mini ELC Cable, 10 Lava plugs, and a stripping tool.
Lava Cable DIY solder-free plugsâ€”developed with G&H Industriesâ€”is specifically designed with tight tolerances to match the Lava Mini ELC cable. The Lava Plug is the first solder-free DIY plug on the market not to use a set screw to make the ground connection. Instead, Lava Cable plugs employ a sleeve that makes a 360Â° ground and outer jacket contact.
Lava Mini ELC Cable Pedalboard Kit with Right Angle Plugs costs $89.95 at Musician’s Friend
Hosa 8-Pack Cables
You can’t have too many cables on hand and these Hosa quality cables in multiple colors make patching easy to trace. 1′.
Hosa 8-Pack Cables cost $14.99 at Musician’s Friend
Planet Waves Cable Station Pedalboard Cable Kit
The Planet Waves Cable Station Pedalboard Cable Kit helps you to get rid of signal loss and unwanted coloration of your sound from inferior patch cables. The kit comes with 10′ of cable, 10 right-angle plugs, and a Planet Waves mini cable cutter. Planet Waves Cable Station cables and 24k gold-plated plugs are specially designed for the most reliable, accurate reproduction of your sound from guitar to amp and everywhere in-between.
Planet Waves Cable Station Pedalboard Cable Kit costs $59.99 at Musician’s Friend
Let me know what you use.. and why by commenting below!
13 years ago
I use Mogami and Monster because they sound great and have a warranty.Reply
13 years ago
After a year if struggling with a set of musiciansfriend TRS cables only to find out that trs cables were never meant to work with guitar equipment, I think I’m gonna jump on that Hosa eight pack. I’m on a tight budget and currently can’t even hook up more than three of my ten pedals at a time. Also I’m running everything on batteries…Reply