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Sprag Black Beauty's 0.01 Caps

Excalibur

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Hi everyone,
could someone tell me please if the value 0.01 MFD of a BB is suitable for both pickups in a Les Paul guitar?
thank you very much.
 

YTLP

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There's nothing wrong with using a .01uf cap. The standard value is .022uf. The .01uf will give you a brighter tone than the .022uf value. Try one and then add the second in parallel with the first with a set of alligator clips to make comparisons.
 

Zhangliqun

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You can't have both caps in the circuit or you'll get a different value - I think in the case of caps that two in parallel add so you might effectively end up with a .032 uf cap. (Check me, electronics gurus, if I'm wrong on that formula.)

Only one cap can be in the circuit at a time to hear what each cap sounds like. But the alligator clips are a great idea -- I've used that technique with caps, resistors, and pickups to avoid the hassle of soldering and possible heat damage to the pots.

For what it's worth, I prefer the low value cap on the bridge pu (.0068 for me) and the standard one (.022...may try .020 at some point) on the neck -- the opposite of what everyone else seems to dig around here.

WHY? I've tried .015's and .01's on the neck and they just don't round off the tone enough for a good jazz tone. On the bridge, I want to just round off the very top end from time to time -- .022 makes it way too dark.
 

Bradster

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Caps in parallel multiply, the opposite of resistors in parallel which divide.

Two .01uF caps in parallel, make up a .02uF capacitance.

They can be cliped into the circuit any way you wish for testing.
 

jetlag

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I know what Bradster intended, but the way it came out is a little misleading. Two caps in parallel sum the capacity - it's additive. Not the product. Sorry, don't mean to be splitting RCH's here, just didn't want to lead anyone astray.
 

BIG Dave

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Measure those caps. Old caps drift upwards. Those .01uF caps may actually read pretty close to .022uF...
 

Big Al

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They won't make the pickups any brighter.
They will roll off less trebles. I like the .015 and .01 myself. They work fine for me in both posistions.
 
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