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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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Excellent quality caps, works well!

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Good quality cap......

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Great service highest quality very satisfied.

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Good enough for quality pro guitars, good enough for me.

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Its what you use. Period.

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Orange drops!

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Excellent capacitors!

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Love them....

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I have just begun using orange drops in my wiring and noticed a great improvement in tone, they also look cool. On a serious note the quality of these units is first rate. You cannot go wrong using these caps in your next instrument build. I have ordered a number of different values for my work bench. The attached photo is the recent install on the Tele with Stew Mac's deluxe kit w/4 way switch - included both a .047 tone cap and a .001 treble bleed cap (behind the white lead to the vol pot), both are orange drops.

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Worked Like They Should!

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Well, what can be said, a capacitor is a capacitor! I put it in a 1960 Gibson Melody Maker which had the electronics all screwed up by a owner that didn't know diddly about soldering or electronics. I rebuilt everything. After getting it together it worked fine and was very quite for a single coil guitar. I told him to put the old Bumble Bee capacitor on eBay for $200 like others are doing. Lol! Thumbs up with that capacitor!

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Got the tone I was expecting.

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This capacitor achieved the tone I was looking for in a current project. It put my humbucker back to its proper tone/sound. Very easy to install. And, the extra length of the prongs made it easy to bend them into the ideal position (without the need to hold it in place), followed with a quick soldering.

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What's a day on the bench without Orange Drops?

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These are pretty much a stock item in my shop. They're a great low cost upgrade for just about any late model stock Gibson with those stock anemic ceramic capacitors and they sound great in Stratocasters, too.

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Orange drops rock

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Right fond of orange drops, really don't use any other caps

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on page 52 of our StewMac Catalog PDF

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