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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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Never fail caps

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I've used orange drops for so long I don't think twice about stocking them here at ElectricLarryLand Guitars. I've never had one fail, even from very close soldering heat. Quick delivery at a good price.

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Orange Drop 100uF Caps

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Fast Ship by Stew Mac, I put them on my Fender Aerodyne Jazz and Mexi Jazz, love em...

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Orange Gum Drops

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I keep a few of these on hand to drop some cheap tone into any guitar.

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A little limited!

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Great quality, but would like a little more variety to choose from in size.

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Positive Effect On Tone Pots

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Installed these while upgrading my pots from stock Alpha's to StewMac's CTS pots. Helped turn my guitar into a true tone machine.

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Orange Drops are great

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Gibson have been using Orange Drops for many years as the PIO "bumblebees" are ridiculously expensive. In a guitar tone circuit (low pass filter to ground any cap will do, but I don't like the cheap ceramic ones because the leads on them will break the cap if tugged on during soldering. The polyester OD cap is the solution to all my guitars, builds and repairs. I'm glad that S-M is carrying them now.

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Hot Drops!

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Orange Drop Caps really bring out the tone! A new must have for repairs/rebuilds & new work.
Thanks StewMac!

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Great caps!

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I ended up going for the .047 model. I have one in a Les Paul with P-90's and one in my SG with humbuckers. So warm!

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Very pleased

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I tried these recently for the first time in the prototype for a new line Im working on and was very happy. Since the guitar was the first of its kind I have nothing to compare it to other than general experience with many other guitars. I also used a treble bleed circuit and the overall sound of the guitar was extremely clear with exceptional tone, in any of the 6 pickup selections and at any volume or tone setting. One of the best sounding guitars ever to come out of my shop and will be using more of these caps.

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Why so big?

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They are HUGE and I had a real hard time getting them to fit in the body cavity. When I did get them to fit, the leads usually made unintentional contact with another lead or wire and required dismantling and manipulation all over - disappointmented. Ultimately I removed them without even hearing them - I'll save them for a rainy day and a hollow body!

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