Emerson Paper-In-Oil Caps

5.0
  • 24 Reviews
  • Write a review
Emerson Paper-In-Oil Caps .015uF (green)

.015uF (green)

Item # 1276
In stock, ready to ship!

$12.00

+
Emerson Paper-In-Oil Caps .022uF (yellow)

.022uF (yellow)

Item # 1280
No longer available

$12.00

Sold Out
Emerson Paper-In-Oil Caps .033uF (black)

.033uF (black)

Item # 1272
No longer available

$12.00

Sold Out
Emerson Paper-In-Oil Caps .047uF (red)

.047uF (red)

Item # 1279
No longer available

$12.00

Sold Out
Emerson Paper-In-Oil Caps .100uF (blue)

.100uF (blue)

Item # 1273
In stock, ready to ship!

$12.00

+
 
Total:
Qty:
Scroll to Top

Emerson Paper-In-Oil Caps

Period-correct specs, warm tone. Genuine handmade tone caps, hand-picked by our friend Mitch Ingram at Emerson Custom Guitars and Electronics.

New old stock paper-in-oil caps from the former Soviet Union are prized by aficionados for their period-correct specs and subtle warm tone quality. Sold individually.

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

Value Common use
.015uF - 200V   With neck position humbucker for the Clapton "woman tone"
.022uF - 200V Humbucker tone
.033uF - 200V Versatile all-around cap, for single-coil or humbucker guitars
.047uF - 200V Single-coil guitars, many basses
.100uF - 200V Basses and certain eras of vintage Fender guitars


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.

Product Instructions

How a tone control works

An overview of how a tone control works.

Customer Reviews

  • EXCELLENT PRODUCT
  • GOOD PRODUCT
  • AVERAGE PRODUCT
  • FAIR PRODUCT
  • POOR PRODUCT
Write a review
5.0
  • 4.92 average rating from 24 reviews
Sort by
Displaying 2 of 3 1 2 3
5.0

That Elusive Sound

By
(Customer's Reviews)


I have an Ibanez Artcore that just didn't sound right - harsh, no definition, slightly muddy tone, very little articulation. So, when I couldn't stand it anymore, I dropped a pair of TV Jones Classics into it, and finished the refit with a pair of these caps. I also shielded the pots with the copper tape, available here. Talk about a night and day difference! Astounding! Now, as you roll back the tone controls, the sound gets creamy and smooth, no harshness, no mud! Yes, the pickups made a big difference, but these caps match up exremely well. Expensive, but worth it. Throw away your modern disc caps, put these in, you won't regret it.

5.0

Great!

By
(Customer's Reviews)


The mid frequencies really smooth up. Sounds sweet. But it's an expensive stuff just to get the sound right. What can we do rather than buy it nayway? =D Great stuff.

4.0

Just Great Tone

By
(Customer's Reviews)


These are just great caps. Smooth and creamy all the way down without getting muffled and bottoming out. I'd put them right up there with original Sprague or high-end repros. I'd give them five stars, but I might need more and don't want you guys to buy them all.

5.0

TONE!

By
(Customer's Reviews)


ok kiddies I will give you a couple secrets to Great Guitar TONE! First of all replace whatever tone capacitor you have in your guitar with one of the vintage style paper-in-oil tone caps. 1950's technology will never be beat for SOUND. All the modern materials in the world will never sound like these, trust me! The other thing is whatever overdrive pedal you are using, see if you can't use an 18 volt adapter on it in lieu of 9 volts. It gives you much more headroom, response and TONE! To me that is how you can tell a great Guitar Player - TONE! There are lots of players who can play lots of notes but some have the most obnoxious tone. TONE is everything. You can play one note with TONE and shatter a thousand bad sounding notes! There I have given away my secret : )

5.0

Excellent

By


Im a big fan of vintage methods and materials when building or repairing. I used to use Vitamin Q Oil in paper but when Stew Mac started carrying these I had to try them. What can I say... I love them. They sound different than disc caps or foil. They seem to soften things a bit. If you want an edgy sound then probably go with a Orange drop but for warm smooth tone, even high gain on guitar, they are quite nice. I now recommend them to everyone.

5.0

Smooth as silk

By
(Customer's Reviews)


Just put one of these in my modified Mexican Tele (pair of A6 Benny humbuckers and an E mod mega switch); also added some CTS pots 250K and wow, Tone rolls on and off Smooth as silk, worth making the space for.

5.0

Worth every penny

By
(Customer's Reviews)


Those caps have improved my Gibson sound more than expected, I've read the reviews where apparently it makes no difference what kinds of caps you use, you're always gonna get the same sound! I guess not everybody's ears have got the same level of development, and if you use your tone knob to shape your sound than these are a must, instead of behaving like a on/off switch you get a full range of sounds from 1 to 10. Proves not all caps are equal, will put them in all my new guitars.

5.0

Just the thing for a vintage sound.

By
(Customer's Reviews)


Installed this when I replaced the electronics in my MIJ 62 reissue.. Push back wire, CTS pots, this cap and some Lollar Blondes made it one of the best Strats I have heard in a long time.. Great shape to the tone controls..

5.0

Great traditional tone

By
(Customer's Reviews)


I used this cap with a couple of Duncan SH55's and got great tonal quality for a crisp yet warm sound.

5.0

Works for me

By
(Customer's Reviews)


I bought this cap for a strat build using the Stewmac premium strat harness set. I prefer warmer tones and since the pick ups will be Fralin 43s with similar outputs to p90s i felt this would be a good match.

Displaying 2 of 3
1 2 3


Shown on page 52 of our latest catalog.