Top 10 Best Patch Cables For Pedal Boards
I'm reviewing the 10 best patch cables for guitar pedals in 2019. This list is based on my personal experiences and preferences. If you are planning on building or upgrading a pedal board then getting together patch cables will definitely be high up on the list of things to do.
In fact, your pedalboard will not be able to work without them! For such a small piece of gear, patch cables are easy to overlook.
And, many guitarists make the mistake of settling for bad quality patch cables which result in so many problems that it is hard to mention them all.
When it comes to buying patch cables (and cables in general) the rule of thumb is simple. Quality build and quality components of the patch cable is of great importance.
Whatever the size of your budget, we will help you make the best possible decision for buying the best pedal patch cables for your board.
|MXR Patch Cables||Mogami Gold Patch||D'Addario DIY Solderless||Worlds Best Cables|
|Top Pick||Best Quality|
Things to consider when buying Patch Cables For pedals
- Plan your pedal board
- Quality cables
- Distance between pedals
- Size & Shape of 1/4" Jack
1) MXR Patch Cables
As far as our things to consider when buying patch cables go, these ones by MXR tick every box. When considering quality, Flexibility, components, value for money and space saving.
These patch cables offer it all. MXR has been renowned for decades for their guitar pedals but only recently have they come out with these cables.
They get a very favorable and positive review and are on their way to becoming an industry standard for patch cables. The MXR patch cables have quickly become my favored choice when putting together any pedalboard I build.
Not only are they built exceptionally well, but they're reasonably priced too. If that wasn't enough, they're low profile. Which means they allow you to place your pedals closer together. Which will ultimately save you space on your pedal board.
- Allows for maximum flexibility
- 2 x FLAT right-angled jack connectors for space saving
- Pack of 3 cables of 6 inches each.
2) Mogami Gold Patch Cables
If you are in the pursuit of ultimate tone. And the type of guitarist that is concerned about every component of their rig. Then, These Mogami Gold patch cables are for you.
However, any guitarist looking to invest in their rig and pedalboard will definitely benefit from these patch cables. When it comes to guitar cables of all types, there are none more desirable than those made by Mogami.
This includes their patch cables. In fact, you'll find Mogami cables in almost every studio or engineers arsenal around the world. Just watch any rig rundown and a good deal of these will be featured. These are made in Japan from the highest quality materials and components which results in the quietest and clearest patch cables on the market.
It almost seems crazy to think that a cable can have such a big impact on the sound. And, to be honest, when I first heard about the Mogami brand, I was also wary. Because I never thought that a guitar cable could impact the overall sound and tone. But I can say with 100% certainty and confidence that after trying all of Mogami's cables, I'm convinced of their impact of the sound.
The truth is that once you hear their cables, you'll find it incredibly difficult to downgrade to any other cable. You might be asking, why then did I not feature this in the number 1 spot. The reason is that they are quite expensive. And because of that, they just missed out. But don't let the number 2 position fool you, because these are the real deal.
- The quietest patch cable
- An option of:
- 6" / 10" / 18"
- Made in Japan from the highest quality components
- 2 x right angle jack connectors
- Reviewed by many as the "best pedal cable"
3) Fender Custom Shop Patch Cables
These Fender custom shop patch cables have been designed with the best quality components, which sticks to the tradition of their custom shop. What makes these patch cables different to most others out there is their braided jacket which resembles that of tweed cloth. Very reminiscent of their tweed amplifiers.
However, the braided jacket actually serves a very important purpose. And that is that the jacket gives the cables extra strength but most importantly, it stops the cable from tangling. This is never really an issue when it comes to patch cables. And if anything, most would prefer a more flexible jacket. Which brings me onto my biggest downside to these cables is that they come in only one length and that is 6".
I discovered Another problem with these cables is that they do not bend into a place that easily. And as a result, you have to place your pedal relatively far away from each other when compared to some of the other patch cables on this list. On the one hand, you get great Fender quality cables with a fantastic retro look. But on the other hand, you sacrifice just a little bit of the flexibility that most patch cables on the market provide.
- Pack of two cables of 6 Inches each
- 2 x right-angled jack connectors
- Thick braided cover
- shielded with 95% copper which makes for a quiet cable.
- two color options: Brown or Black tweed.
4) D'addario DIY Patch Cable Kit
If you read our things to consider when buying patch cables below, you'll see we mention planning your pedalboard before buying patch cables is important.
The reason for this is because you'll need to consider how much space you have as well as the distance between your pedals. This will determine the length of patch cable you need.
The problem is that most companies only sell patch cables in a standard size which leaves you with very limited options when it comes to planning out your pedal board.
With this patch cable kit by D'addario, you're able to cut your patch cables to the ideal size for you and create your very own patch cable in a matter of seconds.
If you're worried about how you'll put these cables together, I wouldn't fret too much about it as they require no soldering and come with all the tools you'll need to cut and create your very own patch cables. If you need customization, then the D'addario set will be for you. Even if you've never seen the inside of a cable in your life before, these have been designed in such a way that any person without an ounce of knowledge can assemble these to their desire.
- Anyone with no handyman skill can put these together
- Comes with 10 right angle jack connectors
- An option of 10/40 feet of cable in the pack
- Gold plated jack connectors
5) Hosa Patch Cable
The patch cables by Hosa are some of the slimmest and best space-saving on the market. They may not be made from some of the high-quality components like the other patch cables on this list. But, if you are looking to save as much space as possible on your pedalboard, these will do the trick. They also happen to be the best priced out of all of the bunch so they're great for those on a budget. You might be wondering what separates these from the MXR at number 1 on this list.
And you'd be right in wondering this because they look very similar. The biggest difference is the price. These Hosa cables are also shorter in length which, depending on your needs, can be viewed as a positive or a negative. I happen to like these Hosa low profile cables a lot and can't say anything bad about them at all.
- Best space-saving patch cables
- Very thing 1/4" jack connectors
- The option of 6" or 12"
6) Pedal Couplers
Coupler Connectors Vs Patch Cables, What's the difference? Well, both serve exactly the same function and purpose and that's to connect your pedals.
The major difference is that couplers have zero cables and you can think of them as two jack connectors glued together. Couplers are amazing for saving space as well as minimizing your signal chain.
Although these couplers are great for these reasons we do suggest taking into account the following: The height of your pedals needs to be close if the not the same. For this to happen, all your pedals need to be the same brand. It is highly unrealistic that you'll be using the same pedals as part of your pedal board set up. However, if you do happen to use only Mooer or Boss pedals, for example, then these could work. But be careful, because they can cause serious damage to the inside of your pedal connectors if there is any disparity in height whatsoever. I don't really recommend these unless you're using only the same kind of pedals together.
So connecting a bunch of the same brand of pedals together will make these couplers very useful. if you have a variety of different pedals, these might not be the best option. You might also want to consider the angle of the output and input of each pedal as this will determine which angled couple you'd get. See features below.
- Choice of different angles
- TZ Type (offset)
- Z Type (offset)
- SZ Type (offset)
- Minimizes signal chain
- Saves the most space
7) Planet Waves patch Cables
As far as the most popular patch cable goes, it is probably the Planet Waves classic series. The reason for this is because the price is simply unbeatable for the quality cables you get which come with a lifetime guarantee.
It is almost impossible to find another pedal patch cable producer that offers such a good quality cable at such an affordable price. Besides maybe the Mogami cables, it is hard to identify an industry standard when it comes to patch cables. However, on second thought, the Planet Waves cables are probably the closest thing to being industry standard as it gets.
You know you're getting quality and they just do the job at a very affordable price point. For that reason alone it is exceptionally hard to ignore these. SO much so that they made it onto our list.
- 3 in a pack
- 6" long patch cables
- Lifetime guarantee (limited)
- 2 x right angle connectors
- A clear and clean signal
8) EBS Premium Gold
The EBS guys have a really good space-saving patch cable on the market in the form of this premium gold cable. As we've already seen on this list, there are a few patch cable producers that make cables with space-saving, flat jack connectors.
But the problem that some encounter with these patch cables is that whilst the jack connector is flat, the cable itself is still thick. Well, EBS has solved that problem outright by producing a patch cable that has both flat jack connectors as while as an exceptionally low profile cable.
Thus, making them a great addition to any pedalboard where space or a clean look is essential. Also, these get good reviews from the guys over at Premier Guitar. Check out their review here.
- Gold plated patch cables
- Space-saving cable with:
- Flat 1/4" jack connectors
- Flat/low profile cable
- Produces a quiet and clean signal
9) Ernie Ball Patch Cables
The Ernie Ball company are most well known for their guitar strings and they have been so for decades now. However, only in recent times have they branched out into producing other guitar accessories such as these patch cables. I'm so glad Ernie Ball did this because they have landed up bringing out some awesome guitar accessories. Especially when it comes to quality as well as looks. Which, let us be honest, are two very important aspects when it comes to playing guitar.
In fact, we actually have a list of the best Coil guitar cables and the Ernie Ball curly cable features quite high up. They definitely produce a high-quality product which looks really great too. furthermore, they're available in some very funky and vibrant colors to spruce up your board if that's your kind of thing.
- Resistant to tangling
- 6" long
- Very flexible (great for pedalboards)
- Built tough and rugged to withstand constant use and gigging
- Great sound with very little noise
- Designed to maintain the true sound of your instrument
10) Mogami Wired Patch Cables by Worlds Best Cables
If you've read our full list of patch cables up until now then the name of these patch cables will be confusing at first but we'll explain.. They're made by a company called "Worlds Best Cables" but you're still probably wondering, didn't we already feature Mogami patch cables?
Well, these feature the wire from the Mogami factory in Japan. These are really good patch cables and are also very good value for money.
- 6" long and come as a 6 pack
- If you can't find the correct length for you, contact the company and they'll custom make a length for you
- Made from Mogami wire
- Gold 1/4" jack connectors (right-angled)
- Flat jack connectors for space-saving
More Considerations When Buying Patch Cables
Plan your pedalboard Before buying
This is the first important step to buying the right cables for your pedals. Have a good idea in mind of how you want your pedal board to be laid out. Once you have done that, choosing guitar pedals cables for you becomes much easier. There are various online tools which help you to plan your pedalboard correctly. Whilst some of these are pretty cool, I always recommend laying out the actual pedals in front of you. Along with the exact board that you'll be using. Because it is one thing to visualize how it should be. But, that doesn't always translate into reality. So for that reason, I definitely say, layout your effects in the exact order you want your signal chain to be. From there, it will be very easy to determine how many patch cables you'll need. As well as how long each one should be approximate.
The patch cables when all connected together with your pedals will be manipulated and twisted in order to fit/suit the size of your pedalboard. This sounds drastic but it is completely normal and many companies design patch cables to be flexible enough for this purpose. Not all patch cables allow the same flexibility so be aware of this. Cheaper options tend to have less give. And thus, more tension gets put on the connectors. Which can not only cause damage to the actual cable itself. But also, your precious effects pedals. So I always say go for higher quality cables as a rule of thumb. Which is a perfect segway into my next point...
Quality | Strong, Tough & Rugged
You'll definitely want your patch cables to be as rugged as possible. The reason for this is because you do not want one of your patch cables to fail as a result of wear and tear from gigging etc.
If one patch cables fail during a live set can you imagine? The problem is trying to figure out which patch cable is the problem. To avoid any of this, make sure the patch cables you buy can withstand the test of time and the road. You also don't want to have to be changing patch cables and buying new ones. As a general rule to follow, the more expensive a cable is, the higher chance you have of it actually lasting. And working most importantly. Quality over quantity is definitely something to be mindful of here when you are shopping for guitar pedal cables.
Distance between Pedals
In order to achieve the best possible tone, the length of the signal between the guitar and the amplifier needs to be as short as possible. For this reason, you'll want to make sure that your patch cables are not too long. To avoid buying the wrong length patch cables there are two ways to avoid this.
Firstly, you could plan your pedal board before buying the patch cables so you have a good idea of the distance between pedals. Alternatively, you could buy a DIY patch cables kit (as we have featured below) which allows you to cut them to your own size.
1/4" Jack Connector Size & Shape
Consider the size of your pedalboard as well as the distance between pedals and you will realize that the size of the Jack connector of the patch cable you buy becomes very important. Flat jack connectors allow the pedals to be closely placed next to each other. This is important for those needing to save space on their board.
Other jack connectors are bulkier. Also, don't forget that you will want right-angled jack connectors instead of straight ones (unless it is a coupler connector as seen below). The reason for needing a right-angled jack connector is once again to save space. Straight connectors will increase the distance between pedals.