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Orange Drop Caps

About This Item

Upgrade to the quality caps used in Fender and Gibson guitars.
Made of durable high grade polyester, and favorites for vintage restorations or new builds.

Capacitors are energy-storage devices that filter the high frequencies. A cap lets the tone control roll off the treble response, progressively warming the tone. The higher the value, the more bass output from the tone control at its "zero" setting.

A cap wired to a potentiometer creates a standard tone control, as explained in this Article: How a tone control works.

100V. Sold individually.

Value Code Common use
.001uF 102K Common Treble bleed
.015uF 153K With neck position humbucker for the Clapton "woman tone"
.022uF 223K Humbucker tone
.047uF 473K Single-coil guitars, many basses
.100uF 104K Basses and certain eras of vintage Fender guitars

Orange Drop History & Timeline
In the 1960s, capacitors began to be developed using more modern materials like mylar. During this time, Sprague Electric introduced the 'Orange Drop' capacitor, and it was quickly adopted by many industries due to its robustness and performance.

1960s: The 'Orange Drop' capacitor was developed by Sprague Electric.
1992: Vishay, a leading manufacturer of components used in electronics for industrial and military/space application, acquires 'Orange Drops' from Sprague. SBE Inc (dba SB Electronics) takes over production of Orange Drops as Vishay/Sprague.
2012: Cornell Dubilier Capacitor (CDE) acquires 'Orange Drops' from SBE.
Current: All Orange Drop Caps manufactured today are by Cornell Dubilier Capacitor (CDE).


Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

How to let your ears find the best tone cap for your guitar

Ever wonder whether a different capacitor would affect your tone? It's between you and your own ears, nobody else can tell you what you hear. Erick Coleman's got a simple way to prove to yourself which cap is the choice for you.

Instructions

Product Instructions

How a tone control works

An overview of how a tone control works.

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pups woke up

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I'm in the process of upgrading all the guts in my ibanez rg321 mh. I started with new alpha pots with the orange drop cap...wow guitar is brighter and alive..i don't know if it's the pots or the cap or both but made the muddy inf4 pup come to life...I'm in no rush to upgrade the pickups...Ilike the sound I'm getting...worth every penny!

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Orange Drop

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I've used these in strats before. Use Eric Coleman's technique on" finding the right cap" to help you determine which might be right for your setup, as different caps will influence the sound and ultimately the feel you're after. Sometimes on a HSS strat, I'll use 2 caps, one influencing the sound of the humbucker and another for the 2 single coils. Check out the pic for this wiring.

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Made my guitars scream!

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They say it doesn't matter what kind of cap you use, and that they don't have any effect until you fiddle with the tone knobs, but I swear that as soon as I swapped out my cheap little ceramics and put Orange Drops in, my guitars just started to SCREAM! Both my LPs and my Tele growl with a ferocious tone that just makes my pants tight. Even at a full 10 tone setting, I swear that there is a difference. The sound just opened up when I put in the Orange Drops. Beautiful!

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