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Sean_1234
post Feb 10 2011, 04:23 PM
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Hey Guys/Gals!

I wondered if any of you knew a way to reuse guitar cables that are broken, or fix them? I've got a quite long guitar cable and when I fiddle with it about 10 cm underneath one of the tips it starts breaking the sound, then working again and so on: It's broken sad.gif I wonderedif there was any good use for them or repair wink.gif

Stupid little fact, this cable has a tip covered in rubber instead of the iron tip, so I can't just unscrew the tip and use a soldering Iron, or can I? I'll show a little picture:

Anyone any clue?
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post Feb 10 2011, 04:28 PM
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You got a guarantee for life. Check if it includes the problem you're having smile.gif
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post Feb 10 2011, 06:40 PM
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QUOTE (Sollesnes @ Feb 10 2011, 04:28 PM) *
You got a guarantee for life. Check if it includes the problem you're having smile.gif

Well noticed!! biggrin.gif
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post Feb 10 2011, 07:18 PM
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They are easy to fix if you don't have a guarantee. Just go to the guitar store and get a new end and solder it up. It's VERY easy. If that fails, (which it shouldn't) I used one to secure a fridge in the back of my truck. It worked brilliantly.


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post Feb 10 2011, 07:19 PM
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QUOTE (Fre @ Feb 10 2011, 06:40 PM) *
Well noticed!! biggrin.gif


Ah no, I just use Planet Waves cables myself, and they got it on every cable they make (as far as I know) smile.gif
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post Feb 10 2011, 07:29 PM
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Would I have to go to the store or directly to Planet Waves to get my guarantee?
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post Feb 10 2011, 07:30 PM
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Usually the store handles it. Ask them smile.gif
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post Feb 10 2011, 11:51 PM
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You can use it to whip yourself every time you hit a bum note while practicing a scale tongue.gif


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post Feb 11 2011, 02:42 AM
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QUOTE (Mudbone @ Feb 10 2011, 11:51 PM) *
You can use it to whip yourself every time you hit a bum note while practicing a scale tongue.gif

I was about to say, I would use to whip my wife every time I hit a bum note blink.gif
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post Feb 11 2011, 04:49 AM
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QUOTE (jstcrsn @ Feb 10 2011, 08:42 PM) *
I was about to say, I would use to whip my wife every time I hit a bum note blink.gif


loool biggrin.gif


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post Feb 11 2011, 04:50 AM
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Yeah, I noticed that Guarantee for Life as well. tongue.gif


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post Feb 11 2011, 06:46 AM
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Broken cables make semi decent rope if you need to tie something smile.gif Otherwise, they are mostly just good for throwing away. Like the guys have said, take it back to the store and try to get a new one.

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post Feb 27 2011, 03:13 PM
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10m cable is a nice length, and that is decent quality cable. Cables can be expensive, so if you want to test your soldering skills, this can be a good exercise. It will definitely be rewarding to fix that cable on your own.

I advise that you get youself Neutrik black connectors, 1/4 mono male ones, like this one:



OR, you can choose this one, as this would be nice opportunity to transform the cable to "L". It always comes in handy smile.gif




What you wanna do is cut the cable not far from the bad end, bare the wires, open the new connector, and and solder the two wires within the cable to two metal points inside of the connector.

Here are some soldering tips, if you follow them, you will do a nice job, just don't skip anything:

- in order to have both hands available, place the cable and the connector firmly at the table by using tape or holders
- tie up the two bare wires to the connecting points on the connector manually
- put some soldering grease on the connection points
- make sure soldering iron is heated up
- put very small amount of soldering wire to the tip of the soldering iron
- touch the connection with the the tip of the soldering iron to heat up the connection
- while touching the connection with the tip of the iron, with you other hand touch the connecting spot with soldering wire. this will melt down some of the solder wire to the connection bonding it.



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