I used to buy cheap patch cables for my home studio - one needs a lot of them and hey, it's just a patch cable, it's short and either it works, or it doesn't.
Than came the fateful day when a session went very, very wrong, because we spent 5 hours looking for the bad cable... After that everyone was too tired and stressed out to continue. And I had to pay a session musician that never played a note. So trust me: don't save money on cheap cables.
I ended up replacing most of my cables and for patches I used these - they are very reliable, the connections are very good, they don't pick up any noise and I have never had one fail on me (and musicians do like to step on cables, much to my annoyance).
PROS: good, tight-fitting, real gold-plated plugs, good construction, no noise pickup, very reliable and dependable.
CONS: none that I can think of. They could be cheaper but hey, I told you what happens when you try to save on cables...
I bought 4 of these shorter Planet Waves cables recently.
Great quality, as you'd expect from the price. If you're ever unsure about whether the quality of such a small cable makes a difference. Try it for yourself.
I had soldered some of my own exact length patch cables for the back of my rack units. I can solder perfectly enough, but I rated these I had made against the Planet Waves by simply getting close enough to an amp and ran a guitar straight in.
The tone difference is there. It's only slight, maybe it's the gold connectors or the better quality cable, but it's there. So as a result I've recently been on a 'tone chasing' mission.
Better power supplies, better cables. Keeping everything tidy and as short as possible. If you have time and money and you want to improve the tone noticeablely - buy some quality patch cables and tidy everything up.
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