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Soldering Guitar Cables

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Quarter inch cables have a tendency to break or at least show signs of weakness against angry drunken guitar players who yank their connectors right out. It is nothing personal, and bass players do it to.

In this video, Mike shows you how to identify a bad solder, how to fix it and demonstrates how to make your own cables.

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steve2k2
2015 Aug 14
Yes - that first example looks like a piece of my handiwork :-)
5corde
2015 Apr 30
Nice, thanks. I hate doing XLRs, sometimes the plastic part melt... :-)
DangerousMusic
2014 Nov 28
For those of you asking for temperature, it is generally recommended to use between 650 and 800 for audio cables. Usually it's best to play around with the temperature and see what works best for you. The better you get, the more you can raise the temperature because you can work quickly without melting the insulation (or burning yourself). If you want the short answer though, just use 700
joelfarr
2014 Nov 27
I also would appreciate knowing a recommended temp!
lazarox10
2014 Aug 02
Thanks, very useful the video
AdRi__Forn
2014 Apr 21
really nice man!!
AndresDaza
2014 Mar 04
you should do one of these for XLR cables, and Snakes with DB25 connectors, TRS, TS and XLR (male and female)
dexter_quito
2013 Oct 16
Thank you for this information. You guys are simply the best!
j2fly
2013 Jan 01
I'd be curious to know the 'proper' temp to use when soldering cables as well. Thanks!
nemo970
2012 Dec 09
Hi, this can vary by specific cable, but on some cables the thin black shield on the hot wire should be removed as it is conductive. http://www.sommercable.com/3__produkte/3__030_meterware/3__300_0071.html
MichaelAlan
2012 May 28
This video is awesome! I am no electronics engineer, but I have found that fixing cables is a pretty handy thing to know how to do. Thanks for hooking it up with the correct method!
derZorn
2012 Feb 20
Nice video. I'm missing some details like temperature settings and what solder to use.
gazzamazda5
2011 Sep 24
Solder on Soldier
Philip
2011 Jul 18
Well done.
ajpmalloy
2011 Apr 29
Everyone should know how to do this! Great video.
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