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#1 joebar23

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 05:56 AM

Thought I would share my cable that I built to replace the cheap one provided with my JVT 89 Guitar.

 

I got the Neutrik connectors from Parts Express www.parts-express.com   part # 092-181.  The cool thing about these connectors is that they can be installed on existing RJ-45 cables.  The actual cable came from Amazon.com listed under "Aurum Cables - Cat5e Network Ethernet Cable (75 Feet - Red Braided)".  I shortened it to 25 ft by cutting it and adding an RJ-45 connector.  Total cost was about $30.00.   It is much better than the supplied cable and works great.

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#2 rchibnik

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 07:08 AM

Love the red braid. Got nice boots too. $20 for 75 foot cable is a good deal. Is 75 feet too long?

 

 

The one that comes with the guitar is not really intended for playing - i think they mean it for updates. I bought the Line6 cable from a music supplier - $30 was a pretty good deal. Purchasing all the pieces would cost at least $30.

 

Thanks for posting it.


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#3 joebar23

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 12:31 PM

I cut it down to 25 feet.  I have enough to make 3 cables now!


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#4 rchibnik

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 05:36 PM

Does anyone know what the max length of a VDI cable before the signal deteriorates?  I couldn't find it in either the JTV or HD500 manual.

 

I suppose I could just test it myself with a long CAT5e but if anyone knows that would be helpful.

 

For about $40 and a half hours time you can make three 25' cables. That's a pretty good deal.


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#5 rchibnik

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 02:31 PM

According to Line6, 50' is the  max length of CAT 5 cable for Variax, so cutting it down is kinda mandatory.


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#6 pugdealer

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 04:20 AM

you should DEFINITELY do a tutorial on the cable!!!


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#7 katiekerry

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 07:37 PM

Hey thanks for the info, I have been using the crappy cable that came  with the variax it would be nice to have something a bit more rugged...


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#8 thorneven

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 09:47 PM

I bought a 20' ethercon cable with hard shell covers on both ends from guitar-cable.com (or was it Best-Tronics?) for $30.  The cable is pretty heavy-duty. I'm pleased.


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#9 ext1jdh

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 12:28 PM

The red braided cable appears to be unavailable. Discontinued?


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#10 guitarno

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 01:25 PM

One of the members of this forum "Dunkin_Dal" is making & selling cables like this for those who aren't interested in making their own.

 

See this post  --->> http://line6.com/sup...cool-vdi-cable/

 

I never thought that the cable they provided wasn't meant for playing (ref post #2). It would be nicer to have a little more flexible and longer cable than the stock one.


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