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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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These really look nice, does what it supposed to do. I don't know if they are better than ceramic caps but look a lot better in the circuit, at least gives you the impression they are better. If you think they sound too dark turned down all the way then don't turn it down all the way.

5.0

great caps

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a must have caps for the guitar shop, excellent sound

5.0

great fix for mini-buckers

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Bass notes now sound like notes instead of thuds. Much more tonal definition.

5.0

Nice Caps

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These are good mid range all around caps. I find they get really dark and muddy all the way on, more so than the higher end bumblebee style caps.

5.0

Orange Drops

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

5.0

good capacitors!

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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!

5.0

Great!

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

5.0

They're capacitors

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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.

5.0

Orange Drop Caps

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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.

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They're all good

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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.

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