Orange Drop Caps

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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.

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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

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How a tone control works

An overview of how a tone control works.

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Orange Drop Caps

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Orange Drops

By Jerry Ray from Union, MO
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 03, 2013

I believe the are they best out for the sound I'm looking for... :~)

good capacitors!

By Ken Landis from Gap, PA
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, March 30, 2013

These capacitors are much better than ceramic caps but if you want the best capacitors, you would have to go to the original oil filled caps but they are much more costly and for most DYO repairs, these caps are very good!


By Sander from Troms++, Norway
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, March 23, 2013

You get what you pay for, and these are quite expensive.

They're capacitors

By Destroyer of Warranties from Houston, TX
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, March 11, 2013

Not much more to say. Customer specifically asked for Orange Drop caps, so I bought them. They measured very close to stamped values, so good tolerances.

Orange Drop Caps

By Tim OToole from Preston,Ct.
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, March 08, 2013

these caps are awesome. The Quack is back. My strat has never had this tonal quality. I used 500k tone pots and the 500k push pull to split the pups. Just awesome.

They're all good

By Waddie from USA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, March 03, 2013

Several years ago I made up a test card with about a dozen caps of differing brands, types and values. I attached each to a small sheet of cardboard with a little dab of silicone, so they could be removed later. Then I soldered leads from the tone pots (about 8" long), with alligator clips on the ends. I can test each cap in action, but not have to re-solder each time I change. I've used this process now for several years, on many different guitars. The thing is, every guitar likes something different, probably because no two pots are exactly the same, and pickups differ, and hearing differs as well. Sometimes the Orange Drop in a certain value sounds best to my ears, sometimes a cheap cap sounds great. I always use the cap (which I like best) right off the card, that's why I attach them to the cardboard with silicone. Even another cap - the same brand and value - might sound a little different as they all vary some. I also find that a neck pickup will often need a different cap than the bridge pickup, so I always wire in each pup it's own tone control. Hope this helps.

Quality is Not "Hype"

By Blackplates from Aberdeen Md.
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 06, 2013

These are great caps. If you want to use them in a guitar, you can't go wrong. They are top notch and they are widely known and respected - in case you choose to sell it they wont harm the value. Also, most of the "Orange Drop" series are made in the USA -American jobs and workmanship are not "hype". I build and repair Tube Amps and i mostly use these caps on American designed / built amps. They perform better than cheaper stuff. An amplifier (or a guitar) is a machine. A machine is the sum of, and is only as good as, it's parts. Using high quality parts is a no-brainer if you want a high quality machine. Using cheap-o parts will yield a cheap-o machine.


By rachel from virgin islands
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, February 03, 2013

put the smaller orange drop in my strat. the tone knobs never did much before, now there is a big change when I twist the knobs, so I am impressed.

quiet please

By Did from Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, February 02, 2013

All I know is that those with CTS pot, it quiet down a noisy Les Paul type guitar. Good product

Orange Drops Worth It?

By KickAxe USA from Rifle, CO
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, January 25, 2013

In my opinion....YES! I put these in EVERY LP that I upgrade with my custom wound pups. Would I recommend that even newbies get 'em? 100% yes! If you're in there changing the pots or pickups or anything, just do the cap upgrade and you'll NEVER look back! Just this one upgrade alone on most all Epi LP's and Gibs LP's will wake up the pups and you'll have a new respect for your AXE!

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