When I was in my teens, just wanting to rock out with friends, tone wasn’t the first thing come to my mind. I remember using those old multi colour patch cable pack from my local music store when I first got into stomp boxes. Used the cheapest leads we could buy, cos we didn't have much money. They suck tone out more than anything. They were horrible! Then there were the other ready-made patch cables with a massive connectors on them. We guitarists love being cool (at least I do) and good looking gears, but those cables ain’t cool looking at all.
- How do they sound - this can be subjective, but how much high-end do I lose is usually what I look for. Of course the least the better.
- Ease of use - how easy or painless to make the cables. Some systems are so finicky. If it is not made correct, it can gives you the unbearable noise problem. Especially when you have many of them in the signal chain.
- How affordable are they - when you have a small board, it may not matter as much, but when you start building a decent size board or constantly building boards, things can add up real fast and get really expensive.