.022uf caps vs .047uf caps ?

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  1. hdvades

    hdvades New Member

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    I have a stock '16 SG Std T which has the .022uf ceramic caps. Just picked up another one with modded electronics to include .047uf ceramic caps. I'm assuming it still has the original pickups along with new push/pull volume pots, CTS 500K tone pots and new jack w/single tip contact (why that idk).

    So my question is what is the advantage of the different value caps in this setup?
     
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    donepearce Well-Known Member

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    It's all about the tone you get when you zero the tone pot. I find that .047 just sounds like mud. .022 is a little better, but my choice when I have no choice (if you see what I men) is 0.015. This makes a pleasant enhanced mid, with the top end nicely rolled off. I put a six-way switch on my tele to let me choose from a range of values between .001 and .047.
     
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    chilipeppermaniac Well-Known Member

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    Never knew there were 6 way switches, Cool Don.
     
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    donepearce Well-Known Member

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    Yep. They are rotary - all electronics supply places will have them. The Gibson Varitone control on some ES models uses this method - although I don't much like their capacitor value choices.

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    chilipeppermaniac Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Don. I sort of predicted a rotary type similar to ones PRS uses.

    Also, just a wee little sideways derailing from the electronics topic above.
    A few weeks ago, I managed to strike a small deal on some bits and pieces from a source over there in the UK to put into fixing my Laney AOR Pro Tube Lead head where that mouse chewed some wires and a Tropical Fish cap. They had the last of some original Gray insulated shielded wire that Laney used, and they even threw in a Trop fish cap to go with some Orange ones I ordered off them.

    Not sure if you know them, but they are called MAJ Electronics.
    Have a great Sunday. Hope retirement is suiting you well.

    Your friend, Mark
     
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    donepearce Well-Known Member

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    Nope didn't knowt hem. But I do now. Thsnks
     
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    chilipeppermaniac Well-Known Member

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    You are welcome, Don.

    This is now my third purchase from Europe. I probably told you of my first, the Ebay purchase of a supply of the Bulgin sockets for my Marshall 1987. My second was a very sought after Stihl chainsaw model that I got from Budapest.

    Thinking about your 6 way scenario has me curious about how your wiring/controls/pots look with how you arranged the various caps on that guitar.
    Having only re-wired 2 SG's and repaired a few Strats/Teles, I am only used to dealing with at most 2 caps per guitar.
     
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    donepearce Well-Known Member

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    It's easy. Use little disc ceramics, and they pretty much sit within the confines of the switch body. The wiring is simple

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    Makes sense now. Thanks Don
     
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    I also greatly prefer a .015 cap, I use orange drops
     

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