The Diago Patchfactory Solderless Effects Pedal Cable Kit
gives you everything you need to build high quality, custom length patch cables without additional tools or special skills! This great DIY kit includes 10 Solderless 1/4 inch angled plugs, 10 feet of high quality cable and 1 cable cutter. The Patchfactory from Diago is a no-brainer for the guitarist who wants to completely customize their board and save some money!
Strong, reliable connections
Other solderless cable designs suffer from poor reliability for two reasons:
Other screw-on caps use a coarse imperial thread. Diago has calculated that by using fine metric thread instead, the same amount of force will tighten the cap more.
Finger-tightening, even with a knurled cap is simply not sufficient to make a reliable cable. Diago has machined a coin slot into each of the caps, allowing you to apply several times more force, resulting in a tighter fit. Using a coin means you can assemble a reliable cable without any additional tools wherever you are. Better still, the slot will fit almost all international coins.
Simplicity in design
Diago Patchfactory’s design does not use loose parts or additional screws to make the all-important electrical connections - that's something else to go wrong. Instead, their positive signal/tip connection is made by a sharp pin at the center of the plug, which makes contact with the central multi-strand wires of the cable. The ground/earth connection is made by a sharp edge on the inside of the cap, which cuts through the polyurethane sheath and makes contact with the cable's 96-strand shield.
Diago has ensured that this solderless pedal cable system is as easy as possible to assemble, while retaining maximum reliability. The Patchfactory Kit includes everything you need to put together 10 perfect cables (minus the coin to tighten it with). It even includes a small cable cutter.
The Diago Patchfactory system uses their own cable, designed in-house in the UK. It has a super-low capacitance of 30pF/ft (approx. 100pF/m) to prevent the treble roll-off caused by the high capacitance of poor quality cables.
No gold-plated plugs?
The only advantage gold-plated connectors could offer is prolonged resistance to tarnishing and corrosion, since gold is a fairly unreactive metal. However, a principal called Galvanic Corrosion tells us that when two metals that are not the same are in contact, the rate of corrosion actually increases. Since all 1/4 inch input/output jacks are nickel plated, using a gold connector may actually reduce the life of the jacks in your pedals. It's for this reason that Diago uses nickel-plated plugs.
Diago designed their patch plug heads to be as discrete as possible so you can get your pedals close together and keep your board looking sleek, tidy and professional. Better still, if you stagger your pedals, or if you're using pedals with different input/output locations, you can pack in your pedals even more tightly.
Smaller cable diameter, same beautiful sound quality
Arrange your complex cable routing more precisely - round tighter corners and through smaller gaps - for the best pedalboard layout you've ever had.
Most instrument cables have a similar center construction, just with thicker rubber. This does nothing but waste space, so Diago has reduced the amount of rubber wrapped around their cables, for a slimmer, more space-efficient product.