Shittiest hidden/incidental expoense in guitar playing/music/studio stuff?

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  • Cabling.

    2 8.70%
  • Serious, fuck cabling.

    7 30.43%
  • Maintenance (Paying a tech to do something)

    5 21.74%
  • Wiring (Solder, Pots, Caps, Resistors, etc)

    1 4.35%
  • Cases/Enclosures

    0 0%
  • Supplemental tech (Computers and Computer parts)

    1 4.35%
  • Other

    1 4.35%
  • Noodles

    6 26.09%
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Thread: Shittiest hidden/incidental expoense in guitar playing/music/studio stuff?

  1. #1


    Join Date: Feb 2010
    Location: Laramie, Wyoming
    ME: Jackson AT Pro
    Rig: Rivera K Tre

    iTrader: 15 (100%)

    Shittiest hidden/incidental expoense in guitar playing/music/studio stuff?

    Not really "hidden" but the stuff you don't consider up front. Not guitars or amps or pedals or anything you would list if someone asked you, "What equipment do you need to do this?" The supplementary accessories.

    Mine is cabling and cabling accessories. Hands down. Every time I have to cable something I end up spending way more than I expected and think "fuck I hate this" all the time. Half the time I end up ordering cables and then change plans before they arrive and they end up being too short for the new plan.

    I can't see anything coming close to cabling personally. Since not only is it stupidly costly, but also time consuming to zip tie and heat shrink everything and whatever.

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  3. #2


    Join Date: Dec 2008
    Location: Pennsyl-tucky
    ME: Schecter KM-7 mk iii
    MA: Wasburn D12S
    Rig: Orange Brent Hinds Terror

    iTrader: 0

    Supplemental Tech
    Fast external hard drives and large capacity USB drives. Can never have enough storage.
    Long USB cables (all types of USB)
    USB Hub(s)
    ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

  4. #3


    Join Date: Sep 2011
    Location: The Swamp
    ME: Wolfgang
    MA: Grandpas guitarz
    MB: lol
    Rig: EVH

    iTrader: 0

    So much to consider, when in doubt...... Noodles !!
    Vag Jackson, Man Of Action

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  6. #4


    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Boston, MA
    ME: EBMM(s)
    MB: Spector Legend 4
    Rig: Mark V / Axe-3 / Kemper

    iTrader: 34 (100%)

    I don't always vote anything other than noodles, but when I do, I vote cabling. Fuck cabling.

    I have so many damn cables in my setup, my OCD is never satiated.

  7. #5


    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: London ONT
    ME: 6's
    MB: Aerodyne
    Rig: AxeFX III

    iTrader: 1 (100%)

    I now have an iron, but no clear workspace.

    Tech work has probably gone way farther than the 8 or so patch cords I own at this point .
    ________________________________________
    Needs Sleep

  8. #6


    Join Date: Feb 2010
    Location: Laramie, Wyoming
    ME: Jackson AT Pro
    Rig: Rivera K Tre

    iTrader: 15 (100%)

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    I don't always vote anything other than noodles, but when I do, I vote cabling. Fuck cabling.

    I have so many damn cables in my setup, my OCD is never satiated.
    It's definitely cabling, all the other stuff you can take some joy in spending money on. Cabling is actively malevolent. You can't achieve the perfect cabling setup, there are always going to be at least three problems. Due to the highly contextual nature, and the fact that even if you are close, you are going to change something and need a new plan and new cables.

    I actually thought I had finally outsmarted the cables by going with the, "Straight jacks are useless, I'm only getting right angle to right angle cables from now on." And then of course I ended up getting a stompbox with the jacks on the top when all the rest of mine have them on the side, as well as an amp with FX loop jacks so close together right angles didn't work.

    Also, "I don't want ugly excess cables from my board to my head, I'm going to get 3-5 ft cables that are just the right length and park my board right in front of my cab for home use" is just playing with fire. Because they are going to be at least a few inches short. Even if they are just the right length, you'll find out you should have remembered to get them longer so you can pull the board out without unplugging everything.

    You are also going to have to find someplace to put the cables you no longer use because they are redundant or not right for your current set up.

  9. #7


    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Boston, MA
    ME: EBMM(s)
    MB: Spector Legend 4
    Rig: Mark V / Axe-3 / Kemper

    iTrader: 34 (100%)

    This is JUST what's cabled to my desk:

    AxeFx-3 Rack (13)
    1. Output 1 L (wet)
    2. Output 1 R (wet)
    3. Output 2 L (DI)
    4. Output 2 R (DI)
    5. Power Cable to PDU
    6. USB Cable to Mac
    7. Left out to SLA power amp
    8. Right out to SLA Power amp
    9. Power amp out to cab
    10. In from Pitchblack (in from guitar)
    11. Power for Pitchblack (One spot)
    12. Power for SLA Power amp
    13. In from Expression pedal

    From the Kemper: (12)
    1. Left out to DAW
    2. Right out to DAW
    3. DI out mono
    4. USB to Mac
    5. Left out to Mesa 20/20
    6. Right out to Mesa 20/20
    7. Stereo out from 20/20 to Cab
    8. In from Pitchblack (guitar in)
    9. Power cable for Pitchblack (one spot)
    10. Power cable for KPA
    11. Power for 20/20
    12. In from expression pedal

    Monitors: (4)
    1. Left XLR in
    2. Left Power
    3. Right XLR in
    4. Right Power

    Apogee: (2)
    1. Main power cable to carvin PDU
    2. Thunderbolt to Mac

    Misc: (2)
    1. Carvin PDU Power to the wall
    2. Power In from Pitchblack Pro (rack tuner in my desk)

    That's 33 cables, and it doesn't include a foot controller for either modeler, or any of the cables for my "real" amp. That also doesn't include any of the regular computer peripherals that I have cabled up. I use a wired mouse/keyboard, that's 2 more. Plus I have a Google Wifi hotspot on my desk (1 more) with a regular ethernet cable to my iMac (1 more) for best throughput. Then I have a couple of hard drives (2 more), a video capture card from my PS4/Xbox (1 more HDMI), and both of those have power cables.

    Then there's the cable that I use to charge my phone, and another for an iPad I always have sitting on a stand. Plus a couple of USB hubs and I'm probably forgetting some other shit but we're above 50 by now so fuck it.

    Yeah. Fuck cables.

  10. #8


    Join Date: Jun 2006
    Location: Earth
    ME: 02 NAMM Jackson RR
    MA: Takamine 12
    MB: Spector Euro 5
    Rig: SLO|Road King|Überschall

    iTrader: 10 (100%)

    I have two (nearly) fully wired 96 point patchbays, so close to 192 connections. That's just for studio stuff. Then I have all the amps, pedals, monitors, computer cables, etc.

    Yeah, fuck cables.

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