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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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Orange drops

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Reliable, stable orange drops go in all the guitars and basses that come across my bench. StewMac offers the most popular rated caps at a decent price, which includes great customer service and expert technical advice, when needed. Now all you have to do is add the .033 caps to the lineup, and we're set!

5.0

Perfect replacements

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I used a pair of these along with a vintage re wire to replace the factory ceramic caps in my Les Paul custom and I got the tone and controllability I was looking for.
Thanks Stew Mac !

5.0

good caps

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Soldered the caps in and they work fine. Good product and packaged well.

5.0

great service and product.

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Will be ordering more.

5.0

good job

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Worked out fine and has very good sound Thanks Stewmac

5.0

Made my Les Paul much more clear

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I have an epi les Paul that I've modded over the years. Seymour Duncan Seth lover pickups, and they became beautifullly vintage and crystal clear after I replaced the unbranded caps with these. I thought they would add brightness, and they do, but the clarity added was amazing. I can play my electric like an acoustic.

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.015 Neck Position

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Brightened up the tone some. Good if you want your neck a lil brighter. Not much of a difference, which is a good thing. Wired this Dot with Golden Age P/U's, and did the JPLP wiring. Gave my Dot strong, whole notes with a sound that is as good as any Gibson for cheap.

5.0

Great for my Mosrite Mark 1 Copy

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I used one of the capacitors to replace the original. It worked out great.

5.0

Orangedrop caps .047uf/.10uf

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bought them to mellow out the highs on several Telecasters. All had Russian paper/oil rapped caps. The wiring harnesses were made by KD Paulus which are very nice. I wanted a cleaner or more natural tone ( at least to my ears ) rather than the woodie sound from the Russian caps. The OD's did the trick. I used the larger .10uf cap on an Esquire which was quite bright, certainly helped. The OD's were 200V units although I have some that are 600V,, for a guitar you probably don't need the 600v units.

5.0

sounds great rewired sure PBASS

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sounds great rewired sure PBASS

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