Trade Secrets!

How to let your ears find the best tone cap for your guitar

Issue 190 May 09, 2013

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.
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About the guitar in this video: This is a 2003 Gibson Custom Shop R4 Tonequest, conceived by Tonequest Magazine's senior editor David Wilson and Edwin Wilson of the Gibson Custom Shop. Made in batches of 6 and sold through Dave's Guitar Shop in LaCrosse, WI, it's a reissue of a 1954 goldtop but with factory loaded humbuckers. Inspired by Jeff Beck's famous "oxblood" Les Paul that was modified by Strings and Things in Memphis sometime in the early 70's.

The amp: Tone King Meteor II model 740A, made by Mark Bartel. Amazing sound, with a quad 6V6 plant in the output section and a 5AR4 rectifier. The amp was set on the the rhythm channel with a touch of reverb.

blankIn this Trade Secrets video:
  • checkmarkThree easy-to-wire cap-testers.
  • checkmarkErick finds he likes his Les Paul with a non-standard cap.
  • checkmarkCompare caps of different values or different types.