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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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The Gold Standard for Tone Caps

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These are fantastic. They are well-made and consistent in value on the multimeter. They perform exactly how caps should; I love experimenting with different values to hear how different pickups respond. Yes, they're more expensive than the ceramic caps, but for guitar work, where you only need a few, these are well worth the investment based on quality alone.

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Did the job

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I replaced my unknown pickups with Seymour Duncan's and left the .027 caps in place. I noticed that the instructions called for this type of cap. I redone the electronics and replace the caps and I now have the sound I needed. The guitar sounded bad with the old pots and cap. I also bought the pots with the wiring along with these caps. If your guitar sounds muffled and you have old pots and caps, change them. They don't cost much. You can watch YouTube videos to learn how to solder and change everything out if you don't know how to do it.

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Tele Mod

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I used the .001 and the .47 caps to mod my tele. I made my tone even across all volume levels.

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Rewire job completed,

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Ordered these caps along with your CTS pots to rewire my Rick 4001S bass. Thanks for making these parts available at such as reasonable price!

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Orange Drops Are The Bomb

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The caps and values selected did exactly what I had hoped they would.

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Work excellent as planned.

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The Orange drop caps were just what I needed for my project and I am very pleased with the results.

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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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These are just the Best.

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I remember when you could just walk into your local electronics shop and get these. They are the best and StewMac always has them.

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