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    Attn: Guys who make your own cables

    What do you use?

    I've been using a solderless George L's cable for years, but for whatever reason periodically it gets a little scratchy and I have to trim off the end and re-affix the jack every year or so. Oxidation, maybe? Anyway, now that I'm no longer afraid of soldering stuff, I like the flexibility of being able to make and repair my own cables, so what do you guys recommend for raw cable and for jacks?
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    Keep with the GeorgeLs. If a cable goes bad at a gig or jam, it's a thirty second fix.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noodles View Post
    If a cable goes bad at a gig or jam, it's a thirty second fix.
    This is Drew we're talking about... If it takes him 10 years between albums, I think he has time to do some soldering between sets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaxadam View Post
    This is Drew we're talking about... If it takes him 10 years between albums, I think he has time to do some soldering between sets.
    That's cold, man. Ice cold. But funny.
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    Learn how to solder and get some decent neutrik connectors and half decent cable. I've not had a patch lead go bad on me in 5 years.

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    I like Canare GS-6:

    Canare GS-6 Guitar Cable Per Foot - Black

    Although if you hunt around, there's a Rapco that's basically the same cable that's half the price. I can't remember the model number, though.

    For plus, there's Neutrik and there's crap.

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    The Planet Waves solderless system is also really great and solid feeling. If you're interested in solderless and wanna try something new, check them out... price and availability make them even less prohibitive than GeorgeL's.

    I've been using my own soldered cables for a while (Pro Line) but you inevitably always run into shorting cables, even if you're a master at soldering. Not to whore Planet Waves, but if I was going to do a full re-do of my guitar rig (which, coincidentally, I will be doing soon), I'd probably use their solderless stuff for my pedalboard and accessories, and one of their 'American Stage' cables from guitar to pedalboard or amp, as they're nearly impossible to short because of the way they're made.
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    why are the diy instrument cabling stuff so fucking expensive? It seems extremely over priced. As an IT guy, I can make Cat5e/Cat6 cables all day for pennies. Sorry but transmitting 1gbps of digital data is more sensitive than transmitting an analog signal over a single copper conductor.............................Yet shits like $80 for 12 connectors and 10 feet of cable.

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