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Do gold-plated jack plugs give you better tone?
The short answer is no. Most jack plugs are plated in either nickel or gold. Nickel and gold platings are both excellent conductors of electricity but their main job is to protect the surface of the jack plug shaft from corrosion, which can reduce the signal transmission between cable and amp and degrade your tone.
Gold is a little better at stopping corrosion, but nickel is a harder, more durable coating that will stand up well to a lifetime of plugging in. In well-maintained leads there’s little or no audible difference between them, though.