cable splicing

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I'm getting a new gadget in the mail, but its not designed for guitar.

It has RCA inputs and outputs.
So I need a short cable that goes from 1/4" to RCA and a long one. (2 each actually)

There are places on the web that sell them for cheap.. but what I need is for the 1/4 inch end to be 90 degrees or I can't use it on my pedal board.

If i were to just go out and buy some cables and splice them together... Would I suffer from signal loss?  What's the best way to do it to avoid problems?  I would guess I'd need to make sure they were the same gauge and material (ie, no copper to aluminum)
On the other hand, if anybody knows where I could get the parts so I could make them myself, that woudl be great.  I dont know where to find bulk instrument cable and everywhere I look to find RCA jacks all I can find are those stupid cryo  frozen ones that cost 40 bucks each.

EDIT: Just did a search for a company I hear guys swear on, I didn't realize George L had so much stuff.  the prices are a bit much though. :\  especially for the cable itself... 2 dollars a foot?  USD?
 

exalted

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50 cents a foot on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/ProCo-Guitar-Instrument-Cable-Shield/dp/B00067K4SU/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1241155512&sr=8-6

http://www.amazon.com/ProCo-Guitar-Instrument-Cable-Shield/dp/B00067K4TE/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1241155512&sr=8-11
 

GoDrex

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For custom cables like that I've used Cables For Less before and gotten some good stuff. I had them make me a 2 1/4" to 1/8"      stereo and it's a great cable. I'm having them make me two 3" 1/4 right angle cords for my pedal board. I'm not sure if they'll do 1/4" right angle to RCA, but you could ask. They'd probably do it. I found options for straight 1/4" to RCA. I'd contact them and see what they say.

http://www.cablesforless.com/t-contact.aspx
 

mayfly

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Splicing will be a pain in the ass because the cable is shielded. 

Just make up a set yourself.  Mouser or digikey will have the connectors you need at good rates. 
 

stubhead

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If you're an Ebayer search "Pro Audio" -> "Cables" -> "bulk" and there are a number of people selling it by the foot, in different grades. I've bought from the NY PRO AUDIO guy, happily.

http://stores.shop.ebay.com/NY-PRO-AUDIO-CABLES__W0QQ_armrsZ1

However, I've converted almost entirely over to the Bill Lawrence solderless stuff - he invented it after all, and his ex-employee George L charges about three times more than Bill.

http://wildepickups.com/Wilde_Bill_s_Collection.html

(the cable kit is listed at the bottom, but you can buy any combination of parts. What Bill doesn't have is right-angle connectors.)

George L's cabling - $1.95 per ft., Bill L - $0.52 per ft. $7.50 per plug vs. $4.00.... :icon_tongue:

http://www.georgelsstore.com/custom.html
 
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