As a builder and player of guitars equipped with an Onboard Effects Loop (OBEL) and unity gain buffer modeled after Jerry Garcia’s guitars, I have noticed a couple of problems with this setup and have come up with a solution.
First problem is the cables coming off the guitar. Traditionally with an OBEL, you have a stereo cable that splits to a “Y” and the regular guitar output to amp cable. If your effects are on a pedalboard, you are plugged into it at 2 locations as well as the cable going to your amp. This leaves you strung between your pedals and amp like a window washer's harness.
Second problem is if you want or need to use a different guitar that doesn’t have an effects loop, you would have to reroute the cables for a traditional effects chain. Not necessarily a difficult process, but not something you want to do in the middle of a gig or every time you switch guitars.
The SolutionIntroducing “The Hub Bub” – The world’s first Dual Mode Cable Hub exclusively designed for OBEL equipped guitars.
Built in a standard MXR style single aluminum box, The Hub Bub is hand wired using Switchcraft jacks.
Just flip the toggle switch to the right, and the Hub Bub routes the signal from your OBEL equipped guitar thru your pedals, back to your guitar volume/tone controls and out to your amp.
Flip the toggle to the left, and the The Hub Bub bypasses the OBEL circuit and routes a traditional signal from the guitar thru your effects and out to your amp.
The Hub Bub is a passive system so no battery or power supply is necessary.Hub Bub Alone - $79.00 + $7.00 Shipping
The Hub Bub utilizes a bundled Dual TRS/TS Cable for the guitar to Hub Bub connection and connects your pedal chain, amp, OBEL cable and guitar cable in one location. No more window washer harness plus The Hub Bub’s hardwired split of the stereo OBEL cable to the mono Send and Return jacks, produces a cleaner, clearer and more reliable signal than the “Y” cable.NEW for 2012
Requests for a more flexible cable and more rugged plugs has led me to upgrade to from the original Belkin cable and Switchcraft plugs.
The Dual TRS/TS Cable NOW consists of:
2x 12' Mogami Black Cables (1 TRS stereo & 1 TS mono) both with one straight and one rt angle Black Neutrix Plug (Our most popular configuration)
Bundled in a FlexoPet expandable sleeve and secured with Double Layered Adhesive Lined Shrink Wrap for easy cable management and neat appearance. $125.00 + Shipping
Additional rt angle plugs - $5.00 ea
Additional Lengths - $5.00 per foot.Best Buy! Most Popular Deal Below:
Hub Bub and Dual Cable Combo - $199.00 + $12.00 Shipping SAVE $5.00!
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Some current Hub Bub owners:
Steve Kimock - National Recording Artist
Nate LaPointe - Cubensis - LA's Premier Grateful Dead Tribute
John Reuter - The Noodles - Phoenix's Premier Grateful Dead Tribute
Jon Silberman - TGP and really nice guy!
Scott Walker - Custom Guitar Builder
Andrew Olsen - Custom Guitar Builder
Hub Bubs in action: