When building pedalboards, most guitarists sloppily wire everything together. As long as it’s all connected, what’s the harm, right? Aside from a clean aesthetic, properly managing your cables can prevent accidental damage.
Zip ties and anchors are your friends! Use painter’s tape or a ruler and line up your anchors in such a way to prevent accidental damage and to ensure the cables won’t come loose.
Run your cables in a neat line and prevent tight turns in your cable runs. Tight turns can wear down/damage a cable over time and will need to be replaced much sooner.
Be practical when running your cable lines. Do it in a way that makes sense to you. For those who don’t care as much about cable management will simply tie down their cables with zip ties and anchors and call t a day. Those who do care will take the time to accurately lay everything down and ensure cables are routed properly.
We prefer to run power and audio cables separately whenever possible, for the sake of organization - but audio and DC power cables can be run together with little to no noise interference. However, AC power cables MUST be run at a perpendicular angle (T-shape) to audio cables, or you will experience unwanted noise in your signal.