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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 CTS control pots coupled with the Orange Drop Caps helped unleash the tone and power of my Rail Hammer pickups. Coupled with my Roland Blues Cube Artist and the blues module I need little in the way of effects to get great unique sound.

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Very Happy

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Rewired a 1976 Telecaster and very happy with with the results. Put in new pots, new caps and a four way switch to series the neck and bridge pickups in position four. I also lined the cavities and back of the pick guard with copper foil. It sounds great. Searched the internet for better prices for all components and couldn't find better prices.

4.0

They look awesome!

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I replaced the pots, caps, and re-wired with Tefzel (because I have lots of it and in different colors) and used "classic telecaster" wiring. Too many things to my late CBS telecaster to say what impacted the sound with any certainty. But now it is has much more controllable and has more depth and adjustability.

5.0

They do the job

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I did not compare these to any others. But these work just fine and price is right.

5.0

lovely tone

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at first i thought the treble was over bearing, (hsh set up) but then i realized you can turn it down, giving me control over my tone. 10/10 would buy again

5.0

LOVE THEM!!

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My favourite caps. Just wish you carried them in 33uF as I've found this to be a good balance between the 47uF @ 22uF caps especially on darker toned guitars with denser timbered bodies like mahogany etc. The only ones I can source are 400volt which are huge making them a bit of a nightmare to fit in some control cavities...

5.0

Simply the Best

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These Caps have been the best part of producing Great tone for decades and Stewart Mac Donald has made them readily available at a great price. Do your sound a favor and use these caps instead of the cheap knockoffs...you'll be amazed and very pleased dear friends....GL

5.0

The Real Deal

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I bought several sets of parts to make treble bleeds for my Strat. I started by making versions with alligator clips to compare the sound with no commitment. The Orange Drop won and got itself soldered in.

4.0

Orange slice

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As usual well made product that makes a small, but significant improvement in tone if your a "tone chaser."

5.0

Orange drop caps

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Excellent quality caps, works well!

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