What do you do?

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  1. MichaelAndrew3435

    MichaelAndrew3435 Premium Member

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    When you think you have a bad cable on your pedal board that has many cables. This question has probably been asked before so feel free to copy/paste a link to a good thread with information. I see they make devices that "test" if a cable is good/bad but I don't know much about them. Any information regarding those devices would be much appreciated :D
     
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    WhiteEpiLP Senior Member

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    I start at the last pedals input and work my way back untill i find the culprit.
     
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    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    All you need to test cables is a simple multi-meter, available at any hardware store.
     
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    kiko Senior Member

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    Google multimeter and continuity test using it.
     
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    Assuming you don't have any of the above or are at gig and need to identify the issue quickly, firstly pick a pedal in the middle of your chain and plug the cable that goes to your amp there. This should eliminate half of the board as being the problem (unless more than one cable is bad). Keep going in this way (picking the middle point of what is left) until you have identified culprit.

    This way is quicker than working back from the end.

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    Also, it is sometimes a bad power cable too, so make sure all the pedals turn on or off
     
  6. Phil W

    Phil W Senior Member

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    I've got a very high end cable that hasn't been moved in months yet still managed to break itself whilst immobile ... they're tricky beasts!
     
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    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    And I have a number of shit cables that I bought in a pack of 6 from over a decade ago. They have been moved a number of times and still work well on my board. You never can tell.
     
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    Phil W Senior Member

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    Thank you for reinforcing my point that price is no guarantee of quality, it was kind of you to do so.
     
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    In my experience, it's often not the cable, but the crazy way they can get twisted about as I play the game of pedalboard Tetris. This only got worse when I switched to using a loop-strip. I ruined a couple of good cables trying to make a configuration work. The ones that have held up the best are the ones I rolled myself. :cool2:
     
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    It's not a very high end cable then is it?
    A well built cable should never fail.
     
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    Question....does it have solderless connectors?
     
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    Is there such thing as a cable that can never fail? I get the higher end cables but I know one of them (or one on my board) currently needs to be replaced. I can play fine for now but I notice a drop in volume here and there and I know it's not any of my amps. It's unlikely that all of my amps + guitars have an issue because I've used different combinations with the same result.
     
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    Post a link of what you use:D
     
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    Who Who is not here. Please leave a message.... Premium Member

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    Harbor Freight gives these away so often, I must have eight of them:

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    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    Mine isn’t even so high tech, it has a needle meter. Easy peasy test. Also, my ‘best’ cables are the ones I make myself. I buy a bundle of right-angle jacks and hold onto old cables. Easy to whip up a batch in an afternoon. Soldering for Dummies. If I can do it with nerve-damaged hands and a head like a sieve, so can you, OP.
     
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    Since I started making my own cables 30 years ago (that means every cable I own, I never buy pre-made cables) I have never had a cable failure. Never. Guitar cables, mic cables, patch cables. Also, I don't let anyone else wrap my cables.

    and BTW, here's my main guitar cable. Yep, that's a Neutrik connector (the best connectors IMO) with Swaravski crystals! hehe

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  17. Freddy G

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    I have a cable tester similar to this one:

    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/CT2

    It does all kinds of connectors, mine actually does ethernet as well. I like it a lot better than trying to use probes with a multimeter because you just patch the cable in and wiggle and jostle it around as you sweep through the conductors.
     
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    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    Personally, I'd just wiggle them all until you find a scratchy one, first. If that's all it takes, you saved your ass plenty of time unplugging each one, one at a time. Probably worth the 5 seconds it'll take to do that, just in case.
     
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    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    I used to have a Behringer cable tester, and would tell people it was the only Behringer product worth owning. Then, one day, it started consistently giving good results on bad cables and I realized that when the battery was low, all bets were off. How crappy can you get? I guess they should make a cable-tester-tester.
     
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