Scientific fact: The shortest distance between two guitar effects is a custom-length patch cable.

If your cable routing resembles a rat’s nest and you’d like more space to squeeze another pedal onto your board, a DIY patch-cable kit can make quick work of a tidier existence. Here, we’ve rounded up 10 varying options to help you envision a more shipshape effects center.

     

SIS/Monorail

With 5' of the company’s super-strong Monorail cable and eight of the smallest plugs on the market, this kit can help make use of every inch of a ’board.

EVIDENCE AUDIO
$79

Effects Pedal Cable Kit

This kit provides 10' of the company’s 155-gauge cable and 10 right-angle solderless plugs to assist in ridding a pedalboard of old and unmatched patch cords.

GEORGE LS
$93

Pedalboard Cable Kit

Including 10' of double-insulated instrument cable with a braided-copper shield, 10 right-angle plugs, and a screwdriver and cable cutter, this kit has everything needed to keep things tidy.

D’ADDARIO
$69

BCK-24

With gold-plated contacts and 24' of low-capacitance, studio-grade copper cable, this kit will provide plenty of options for plenty of pedals, and is designed to transfer a signal with no noise interference.

BOSS
$149

Piston

Paired with Lava’s low-capacitance ELC cable (10' included), this kit’s low-profile Piston plugs are smaller in size than others on the market, which means more stomps on a pedalboard.

LAVA CABLE
$79

CrocTeeth

This pedalmaker’s offering includes 10' of thin and flexible MSL cable and 10 solderless low-profile plugs to build custom-length patch cables for clean and uncolored sound.

ONE CONTROL
$119

Pedalboard Patch Cable Kit

With no wire stripping and no screws to tighten or loosen, custom-length patch cables are a breeze with this kit, which offers a variety of cable color choices and small-footprint plugs.

3 MONKEYS SOLDERLESS
$68

SAPT205

While not solderless, this value-minded kit includes 15' of cable and 12 right-angle, low-profile adapters for easy access to jacks that have minimal space for connecting gear.

SEISMIC AUDIO
$25

CK-6 Cable Kit

Able to make up to six cables, this kit contains 12 solderless plugs and 10' of stranded cable designed for the perfect balance of DC resistance and low capacitance for an unaltered signal.

BLACKBIRD PEDALBOARDS
$44

DIY Patch Cable Kit

This kit includes 10 G&H plugs in a variety of colors, 5' of Mogami 2524 wire, and enough heat shrink (also in a variety of colors) to DIY five patch cables.

SINASOID PRO AUDIO COUTURE
$39

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