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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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5.0

Use these from now on !

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30+ years ago, I used ceramic caps. They seemed to work fine. Then I started using the smaller polymer caps. They seemed to be ok too. Then 20 years ago, I got some Sprauge, orange caps.
I could tell that these were big & hefty, kind of like the really old caps. Now I'm not saying that my hearing is so good that I can tell the difference between capcitors, but they work fine in my circuits, and my guitars' tone circuits sound great. I use these for treble bypass circuits too. Excellent results. Sprauge orange drops, my favorite. JW

4.0

Good enough

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I bought one of these for my bass guitar build, I'm not entirely certain their purpose, just that the volume and tone pots require them. Anyhow, they appear to do the job electrically though the wire leads I wish were a bit more flimsy, they are really rigid. Besides that, everything worked great.

5.0

Great upgrade for a Gibson Les Paul Studio

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Upgraded the capacitors in my 1997 Les Paul Studio using the 0.022uF Orange Drop caps. Gives nice tone when wired in the vintage tone circuit. Also, upgrade the stock pots with Emerson Pro CTS 500K pots. Nice upgrade over stock electronics.

5.0

Great Caps.

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I installed these in a beautiful Carvin CS6. Tone is so very subjective. Your mood and many other things can affect your perception of tone. These do sound good to my ears. I went from a no tone control setup to this and I really like the results. And of course dealing with Stew Mac was a shear pleasure, as always.

5.0

For a treble bleed

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Just what i needed to build a simple, treble bleed for my electric guitars

5.0

Fast Shipping

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Great caps, of course. Love the way they are sent sealed in plastic. I've been ordering most of my small parts through Stew Mac- good prices & the fast, free shipping with StewMax is very reliable.

5.0

Like Orange Drops

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I'm a guitar repairman and specialize in electric guitar wiring and electronic mods. I use these .022uF capacitors on the Humbucker equipped guitars and have always experienced great tone when they're installed. The .022uFs and .047uFs are what I use for single coil equipped guitars depending the treble heard from the owner's guitar and amp, along with pedals and etc. You can't go wrong for the price using the Orange Drops in MHO.

5.0

the ideal choice

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excellent sound, great specs and long lasting - all I use in my guitars

5.0

Quite an upgrade for my semi hollow.

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I am wiring up a new harness for my old ES 330.I installed Orange Drops in my Fenders and I was pleased w/ the result,so I can only anticipate a better quality with my Gibson.Pots were going south on that one.along w/ the caps.Things wear out overtime indeed.

5.0

Just as good of a product as all of the other reviews I read.

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These caps sounded great. Exactly what I was looking for!

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StewMac PDF Catalog, page 54 See Orange Drop Caps
on page 54 of our StewMac Digital Catalog