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  • Soldering Unreliable *Solderless* Patch Cables???

    Can this be done? I'm sick and tired of my ****************ty solderless Lava Cable and George L's failing on me. I build them perfectly (honestly - please don't tell me I'm doing this wrong, I have confirmed I am not in the slightest many times) but I've had them fail on me so many times often in the middle of a set.



    I tour a fair amount so I think the constant movement/wear and tear/vibrations of moving vehicles knock them loose.



    Anyways, not exactly wanting to purchase soldered cables (since I already spent a small fortune on these) Can I solder them even though they are solderless? If so, how? and will this help?



    I'm getting sick and tired of this garbage, these "better quality" patch cables suck ass. I almost never have problems with the cheapy pre-made patch cables that cost about 1/10th the price, unfortunately I need various lenghts, and do appreciate the sound quality when they work.



    Thanks

  • #2
    Just buy thread lock
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    • #3
      Just buy thread lock
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      • #4
        I could put lock tight on them, but I honestly dont think that will do it, I've had them fail without the jack coming at all loose from the cable, It's as if they shift around inside and loose their connection.

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        • #5
          I could put lock tight on them, but I honestly dont think that will do it, I've had them fail without the jack coming at all loose from the cable, It's as if they shift around inside and loose their connection.

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          • #6
            I haven't had trouble with mine, but I only use them on my board, and I don't fiddle with them at all. I can't picture how to solder a George L connector, and if you're going to have to buy connectors, you won't be saving much on the cable itself. I found the George L instructions to be Very Wrong, and could only get them to work by ignoring the repeated warning to not bend the cable prior to tightening the connector. A 180 degree bend allows the connector to neatly knife through the jacket and into the shield with near 100% success and reliability so far.



            That said, the prices have gone up such that I'd be 100% likely to roll my own standard, soldered cables if I have to replace these. They used to be a bargain, now you can buy prebuilt Fulltone cables for about the same price.
            Tauntr.com - Adding Insult to Everything!Neck Pocket Cavern Surveyor for the Rhythm in Jump. Dancing Close to You club!"In all fairness, Les Pauls have a switch position labeled "Rhythm", while Strats do not, because they are lead guitars for lead guitarists." -Flatspotter

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            • #7
              I haven't had trouble with mine, but I only use them on my board, and I don't fiddle with them at all. I can't picture how to solder a George L connector, and if you're going to have to buy connectors, you won't be saving much on the cable itself. I found the George L instructions to be Very Wrong, and could only get them to work by ignoring the repeated warning to not bend the cable prior to tightening the connector. A 180 degree bend allows the connector to neatly knife through the jacket and into the shield with near 100% success and reliability so far.



              That said, the prices have gone up such that I'd be 100% likely to roll my own standard, soldered cables if I have to replace these. They used to be a bargain, now you can buy prebuilt Fulltone cables for about the same price.
              Tauntr.com - Adding Insult to Everything!Neck Pocket Cavern Surveyor for the Rhythm in Jump. Dancing Close to You club!"In all fairness, Les Pauls have a switch position labeled "Rhythm", while Strats do not, because they are lead guitars for lead guitarists." -Flatspotter

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              • #8
                I'd sell them and get some quality pre-soldered cables made up. If you're touring and consistently having this problem, it'd be worth the investment IMO as touring itself is a taxing expense and having your group look bad due to constant equipment failure is worth the price in itself.
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                • #9
                  I'd sell them and get some quality pre-soldered cables made up. If you're touring and consistently having this problem, it'd be worth the investment IMO as touring itself is a taxing expense and having your group look bad due to constant equipment failure is worth the price in itself.
                  Smooth deals with: duncan, the_bleeding, MrSandMan, 6StrngStrangler, mmmmmchina, gproud, Onehourlater, driverhasabomb, bluehuricane, melx, TheErosion, gschmittling, BrianPhase90, roaring20's, ibentmywookieFender Custom Shop '52 TelecasterGibson 2013 SG StandardFender Deville III 4x10Oh Henry! chocolate barsPedals n' stuffhttp://bearflagbearflagbearflag.bandcamp.com

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                  • #10
                    buy some Switchcraft or Neutrik plugs in bulk, some quality cable, solder, soldering iron.

                    spend an evening doing up your cables, save $$ and have reliable cables.
                    great transactions with: pointblank73, duderanimous

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                    • #11
                      buy some Switchcraft or Neutrik plugs in bulk, some quality cable, solder, soldering iron.

                      spend an evening doing up your cables, save $$ and have reliable cables.
                      great transactions with: pointblank73, duderanimous

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                      • #12
                        I had all sorts of problems w/ my George L's... but I've never had an issue w/ my Lava's. I do keep my board pretty neat though. Not a lot of cable stress.
                        Guitars: G&L ASAT Classic Custom & Gibson Les Paul Studio || Amp: Dr. Z Maz 8 Studio
                        Pedalboard: Disaster Area DPC-5 > Diamond Compressor, Skreddy LMMD, Timmy, Turbo Tuner, Strymon Timeline & Flint

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                        • #13
                          I had all sorts of problems w/ my George L's... but I've never had an issue w/ my Lava's. I do keep my board pretty neat though. Not a lot of cable stress.
                          Guitars: G&L ASAT Classic Custom & Gibson Les Paul Studio || Amp: Dr. Z Maz 8 Studio
                          Pedalboard: Disaster Area DPC-5 > Diamond Compressor, Skreddy LMMD, Timmy, Turbo Tuner, Strymon Timeline & Flint

                          My YouTube Channel

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                          • #14






                            Quote Originally Posted by Amigo
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                            the constant movement/wear and tear/vibrations of moving vehicles




                            Solder won't suddenly make this okay. Secure yo thangs.
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                            • #15






                              Quote Originally Posted by Amigo
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                              the constant movement/wear and tear/vibrations of moving vehicles




                              Solder won't suddenly make this okay. Secure yo thangs.
                              .

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