Soldered Cables vs. Solderless Cables⁠

Updated: Aug 7

The age old debate... Some swear by solderless cables. But are they really worth the hype?

Soldered cables are often cheaper, are more reliable, and can be repaired when something goes wrong within the connector. However, the connectors on soldered cables are typically bulkier. ⁠

Solderless cables serve the same purpose as soldered cables, but the difference is that there are no soldered parts inside the plug and you're essentially unable to make any corrections in case of damage. Guitar players really want to bother with soldering and putting things back together, and you can just buy spare ones. ⁠

The manufacturers come up with various different solutions on how to hold the cable inside the jacks so that they don't lose the connection and ultimately break your signal chain. Another advantage here is solderless patch cables can have significantly smaller jacks and you'll be able to avoid the issues of those bulky standard soldered cables or the wide "pancake" patch cables. ⁠

If you're planning to gig or tour, soldered cables are the way to go. More moving involved and constantly plugging and swapping pedals require reliability, so soldered cables are the answer. Reliability and durability of patch cables is something that you'll want to have on your main gigging pedalboard.⁠

If you have a pedalboard that's staying at home most of the time and is used just for fun, solderless cables are a good option. Just make sure to have a few of them prepared as a backup in case something goes wrong.⁠

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