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Giving people the knowledge & confidence to take on a soldering project such as a pedalboard patch cable build is what I live for! Personally, I believe soldering is a mandatory skill that any musician can & should MASTER. The benefits of this skill are numerous, rewarding and VERY cost effective!

GENERAL INFO:

  • A patch cable is generally a small cable with two 1/4” phone jacks used to connect two effects together. Realistically, a pedalboard patch cable can be any type of cable or any type of connector used to “patch” devices together.
  • There are 2 Sides to the patch cable story: Soldered and Solder-Less. The TWO main reasons why you DO NOT WANT TO GO SOLDER-LESS: 1. They aren’t soldered! 2. They cost more

WHAT YOU’ll NEED:

  • Cable & Plugs
  • Soldering Gear & Optional Workflow Equipment dependent upon work load
  • A little bit of time…

COST ANALY$I$:

DIY Solder-Less George L

  • George L 1/4” – $8.75
  • George L Cable – $2.75/ft
  • 6” Patch Cable Cost – $18.87ea
  • Bulk Purchase – $16.20ea

DIY Solder-Less Evidence Audio


1/4” TS/TRS PLUG & CABLE PARTS

  • Square Plug SP550-S
    Pedalboard Patch Cable Right Angle Plugs – Square Plug SP550-S (TRS) Stereo
    $4.20
  • Square Plug SPS5
    Pedalboard Patch Cable Straight Plugs – Square Plug SPS5 (TS) Mono
    Product on sale
    $4.00 $3.95
  • Square Plug SP500
    Pedalboard Patch Cable Right Angle Plugs – Square Plug SP500 (TS) Mono
    $3.85
  • Switchcraft 238X
    Pedalboard Patch Cable Right Angle Plugs – Switchcraft “Pancake” 238X (TRS) Stereo
    $6.50
  • Switchcraft 236
    Pedalboard Patch Cable Jacks Right Angle – Switchcraft 236 (TRS) Stereo
    $4.65

CUSTOMIZABLE KIT FORMAT


BULK CABLE


OTHER USEFUL PATCHING GOODIES

  • Switchcraft 05DL5M 5 Pin MIDI
    MIDI 5 Pin – Adjustable 05DL5M Switchcraft
  • pedalboard jack USB
    USB – Panel Mount
  • Neutrik XLR pass through
    XLR Passthrough – Neutrik Panel Mount
  • pedalboard input jacks Neutrik XLR
    XLR Soldered – Neutrik Panel Mount

TOOLS:

You can source these items from anywhere you please but we really like the knowledgeable people at B Dent Enterprises. They do free shipping on 99$ and up orders too!

  • Hakko FX888D Soldering Station – we have 2 of these operating daily for over 4 years with ZERO ISSUES!
  • Indium Solder 60/40 .032mm – we like this for every solder project we’ve come across. We run the iron at 720-740 degree’s
  • Soldering Tips: For the larger jobs, IE: most 1/4” & XLR jobs we use this chisel tip. For the smaller stuff like MIDI, we’ll use these fine tips.
  • 3rd Hands – A really nice setup that can also be DIY’d if you have the time
  • Some type of solder fume extractor is preferred – or workin in a well ventilated area
  • Stripers – We LOVE this Snap-On set, but anything with 12ga and 20ga will work if your using Mogami 2319 cable
  • Optional: Heat Gun for Heat Shrink
  • Optional: 1/4” Jack Fixture (pictured below) – Almost a necessary item if your doing a decent quantity of soldering
DIY PEDALBOARD PATCH CABLES - COST ANALY$I$ + AUDIO PLUGS & CABLE + TOOLS & ASSEMBLY + VIDEO INSTALLATION 1
DIY PEDALBOARD PATCH CABLES - COST ANALY$I$ + AUDIO PLUGS & CABLE + TOOLS & ASSEMBLY + VIDEO INSTALLATION 2

ASSEMBLY VIDEO GUIDES

Solder SP500’s/SP5S using Mogami 2319 – Tutorial


INSTALLATION GALLERY & MOTIVATION