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Musician's Gear Offset Effect Pedal Coupler  

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Use this metal connector to connect 2 effect pedals. Offset double male 1/4" connector.


 
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Musician's GearOffset Effect Pedal Coupler
 
4.1

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Good quality (8)
  • Functional (7)
  • Improves sound (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (6)
    • Back-up (4)
    • Concerts (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (5), Professional musician (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    good connector

    this is a great connector to avoid the mess associated with regular cables,the best thing to do is try to connect the same brand pedals together"duh"it works with some dif brands...Read complete review

    this is a great connector to avoid the mess associated with regular cables,the best thing to do is try to connect the same brand pedals together"duh"it works with some dif brands together and some it wont."a good offset alt to messy cables nevertheless!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Updated Review

    So.. another tough one..

    Overall, I think it's a flawed product with limited utility. This isn't because of any real flaws in the product.. but rather because the things...Read complete review

    So.. another tough one..

    Overall, I think it's a flawed product with limited utility. This isn't because of any real flaws in the product.. but rather because the things it's going to couple aren't up to the same standards.
    I have to rate it down because the average user will probably have issues with these.

    Now.. here's the other side to this...

    I don't have a pedal board. I really need to make one though so that may change some day.
    IF I HAD A PEDAL BOARD I might be inclined to loosen the retaining nuts on my pedal jacks. With the off-set design, you could fasten down your pedals so they don't move on your board and you'd then just need a bit of play in the pedal jacks to get them to play nice with the coupler. Alternately, I've considered drilling or grinding out the jack holes in the pedal cases to give them some play.
    There is a big downside to this of course.. it's very possible you've got one or all of your 1/4" jacks soldered to the effect PCB so there may be little to no play in them. And, of course, life can be busy.. I have about 50 things better to do at any given time (I really should be working now ;-) but everyone needs a break now and again).

    Bottom line.. If you're willing to fight with your effects to make these work and you think you can.. I'd recommend them over patch cables. They'll last forever.
    If you can't/won't.. don't buy them. There's a good chance you'll be dissapointed.
    I'm writing another review. I purchased some of these a couple/few years back and rated them pretty high.. but my opinion of their usefulness has gone down since.

    It's hard to rate "features" on something as simple as this. The only feature is.. two 1/4" plugs.

    From a usefulness PoV I've got to rank them as pretty mediocre.
    It's a great idea. I rugged, solid way to connect your pedals. The design seems well thought out, with the ability to line up pedals that have different height connectors. Of course, you have no control over the spacing of the pedals but the width of the body gives you enough space between pedals unless Clown shoes are part of your stage persona.

    Here's the problem.. Even brand name, quality pedals, don't have the quality control to effectively use this in many cases. The off-set design allow you to twist it to mate up jacks of different heights.. or to adjust adjacent pedals front to back from each other.
    However.. this all assumes the jacks are actually in plane to the BOTTOM of the pedal.

    Funny thing.. vendors care about making a pretty hefty slug of metal so stomp boxes don't break. A nice solid pedal makes us think it's quality too.
    They don't care about engineering the box so the jacks are perfectly horizontal to the plane of the floor.
    When the jacks aren't in the right plane.. say the slope up or down a bit as they go into the pedal body.. then the coupler doesn't allow the adjacent pedals to sit flat. The jack is, to their credit, dead straight. If the pedal jacks aren't, you have a problem.
    The quality is actually excellent.
    It's as solid as a block of steel. It's gold plated. The finish is excellent and uniform. It's dead straight.. that is although the plugs are off-set, they're parallel to each other.

    Of course, that's the problem. It's too good to cope with the flaws in most effects pedals. I really wish I could just use these.. but I'm ordering three 6" patch cables today instead. :-(
    This is tough. Considering the cost of small patch cables and the build quality of the coupler.. I think it's a steal.
    Unfortunately, as I've harped on.. it doesn't always work well.

    I'll give it a 10 for cost versus quality.
    I couldn't if I judge value on actual utility so take this with a grain of salt.

    If you think you can work around the problems with alignment.. buy these.

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    5.0

    In Line and On Time

    By Diddyman

    from New Iberia, LA

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Musician's Gear Offset Effect Pedal Coupler:

      Musician's Gear Offset Effect Pedal Coupler works good and cleaned up the pedal board layout, also helps to keep pedals in place should you bang the case around in transport.

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      5.0

      Offset Effect Pedal Coupler

      By Big Dave

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Great price
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Musician's Gear Offset Effect Pedal Coupler:

        Great little accessory. Works well!

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        5.0

        glad i saw these

        By puddlejumper

        from kentucky

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Solid Connecter

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Musician's Gear Offset Effect Pedal Coupler:

            nice pedal connector,keeps you from having short patch cables that might short out.gives more flexibility over straight ones.makes pedal board very clean.

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            5.0

            Good quality

            By BlackBelt

            from Memphis

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Practicing

              Comments about Musician's Gear Offset Effect Pedal Coupler:

              These are nice couplers for ganging effect pedals together. The quality is decent, and they serve their purpose. I bought a couple of them because years ago I used some that were similar and they worked well. You don't have to worry about having your pedal interface wiring shorting out with these.
              However, it's very important to make certain that you have them set correctly when you have them between your pedals. The offset of the plugs makes it easy for one of the pedals to be slightly raised. You want the base of both pedals FLAT on the pedal board or floor. What you don't want to do is have a pedal that is moving around each time you step on it because eventually you will damage the pedal or the pedal input/output jacks.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              works excellent

              By unclesam

              from ny

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              Pros

              • Ecellent

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

                Comments about Musician's Gear Offset Effect Pedal Coupler:

                work fine connects pedals easily

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Clean connection for neat pedalboards

                By BeauHooligan

                from Central California

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Connection On Pedalboards

                Comments about Musician's Gear Offset Effect Pedal Coupler:

                If you use a chain of several effects boxes that will not allow a straight connection from output to input, these little coupler allow connections with jacks that are slightly offset. These eliminates hard bent cords and allows effects to be mounted closer together, saving room on the pedalboard. These also make the pedalboard look more professional. The price is right and the couplers are durable. Fve stars!!!

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                (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Alignment problems

                By NickyT

                from CT

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Quality

                Cons

                • Poor design

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Musician's Gear Offset Effect Pedal Coupler:

                  VERY solid, but not enough offset. I ordered a bunch of them--I hope I will be able to use one or two.

                  They would be fine for someone whose pedals in/out jacks are almost in alignment already.

                  Some of my pedals can be over and inch and a half staggered with this thing, and one of them actually will not even reach the floor.

                  As Ffakr-.pJUU mentioned, in some cases "They don't care about engineering the box so the jacks are perfectly horizontal to the plane of the floor." Correct. I have two different Dunlop CryBabies that sit on an angle to the floor when connected to these. That's just begging to break either the pedal or the connector (my guess is the pedal--these connectors are SOLID).

                  I will need to use a short patch cord (which I hate, because it starts to travel, and I don't want to hassle w/ a pedal board)) for the one pedal that has the jack so far displaced.

                  I know they have made better-designed ones in the past, I used to own one, and bought one for my nephew a few years ago. Basically the same thing, but with more of an offset. Too bad MF doesn't carry them.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Have One Of These Handy

                  By soulman

                  from Colorado

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Musician's Gear Offset Effect Pedal Coupler:

                    In most cases a straight coupler will work but there are those certain cases where an offset is needed. It helpful to keep a couple of these around just in case. The quality is great.

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Good Quality

                    By Thunderchicken

                    from Tallahassee, FL

                    About Me Professional Musician

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality
                    • Improves Sound
                    • Very Rugged

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing
                    • Studio

                    Comments about Musician's Gear Offset Effect Pedal Coupler:

                    Sturdy construction. Noise-free.

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                    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    couldn't use

                    By usaguitarman

                    from Prince Frederick, Md

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • Difficult To Use
                    • Not Functional
                    • Size

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Musician's Gear Offset Effect Pedal Coupler:

                    not offset enough to connect pedals and required to much space between pedals. Cables work better in my opinion.

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