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Unread 01-25-2010, 11:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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LP Jr capacitor questions.

Hello! Newbie here on the forums and right now im using a crappy 60w JMF Spectra 122 amp with Ibanez Tube Screamer TS9 and Metal Scream. With both on OMG it sounds like heaven to me. Reminds me of my SG400 w/ line 6 head and cab. Anyway Ive been seeing alot of caps on guitar parts sites and was wonder what can I dig out from work and where do i solder it to my guitar? Perhaps even buy at Radioshack! Thanks!

EDIT: k sorry, i forgot to search first so i did, now im at work digging thru the boxes and seeing if i can find the various .01uf-.050uf @ 100v or 200v, those are the right ones right? I cant find a tutorial on installations.

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Unread 01-25-2010, 11:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: LP Jr capacitor questions.

http://www.seymourduncan.com/support...ic=2h_2v_2t_3w

Found it but i only have two pots what do i do =[

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Unread 01-25-2010, 02:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: LP Jr capacitor questions.

only question now is how many volts =]

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Unread 01-25-2010, 06:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: LP Jr capacitor questions.

well did research. going with .047 100v for $0.59. sounds FTW for me. any input?
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Unread 01-25-2010, 06:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: LP Jr capacitor questions.

Do a thread search "Caps for your LP"
.047 is a very high value, 100v or 600v doesn't matter, you'll "never" put that much voltage through the pickups, most caps are made for amps and high output electrical gear hence the high voltage.

For you Id recomend orange drops .022 because they last a long time and are built for guitars
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Re: LP Jr capacitor questions.

thanks for the input! about to buy some caps in an hour
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Re: LP Jr capacitor questions.

okay well my guitar came with .022 so i dropped in 0.047 250V. Good move? Heres what I have to play with.

Original in package of one I just installed.

Quite frankly im not experienced enough to notice any different or boost. What should I listen for?
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Re: LP Jr capacitor questions.

Those are fine to play with I guess, but I'd get some .022 Paper In Oil caps - Vitamin Q's are a good place to start.

Some of my guitars (well, 2 of them are former guitars):



(Note - I left the tails on my caps, but I change them out pretty frequently...)
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Re: LP Jr capacitor questions.

so what difference should i notice from my .022 to a 250v .047
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Re: LP Jr capacitor questions.

just put a 0.022 cap on my volume.. nice!!!
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Re: LP Jr capacitor questions.

Glad you went with the .022's, if you use paper in oil caps they do dry out so you gota replace them every so often, they do have a warmer sound/not so harsh, and the lower value of any cap lets more frequeency's in, if your guitar needs brightening, lower your cap value.

Damn thats some nice soldering diceman
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Re: LP Jr capacitor questions.

I see what you did there, Jonesy.
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Re: LP Jr capacitor questions.

They are your new caps huh?lol , be courageous and fork out the 10 bucks or so for a few quality caps,ask jonsey for paper in oil, if you could'nt be bothered to change the paper in oils when they dry out, try sprague orange drops. Those ones you have are cheap and nasty.
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Re: LP Jr capacitor questions.

Paper in Oil does not really dry out like you say, there are still 60 year old Bumble Bees caps that are paper in oil that sound great and the Oil is still good in them. When he sells his guitars Dice just swaps his out and keeps the paper in oil caps
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Re: LP Jr capacitor questions.

Hmmm, really? I thought once they have current running through them they begin to slowly dry up, gradually becoming less appealing in sound quality. Am i partly right here or totaly off the ball.
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Hmmm, really? I thought once they have current running through them they begin to slowly dry up, gradually becoming less appealing in sound quality. Am i partly right here or totaly off the ball.
There is really no current running through your guitar wiring, maybe some mili-volts generated by your pickups that's it. Caps are rated 100v, 200v, 400v, 600v etc for use in amps.

If you bought some used 1950's Bees that were pulled from use in high voltage equipment that use may have caused them to "drift" away from their original spec and become "darker", but NO paper in oil caps do not dry up and have to be changed. That statement is way off base, they will last a lifetime in guitars.
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Re: LP Jr capacitor questions.

Thats cool, so no need for swaping. Thanks jonsey, misinformed internet info
Var2, Dont overheat your pots, do some googling on soldering guitar pots. I saw your other post, bummer about that, glad your experimenting but a little research and double referencing will help get things right.
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Re: LP Jr capacitor questions.

It's all good bro, I am learning new stuff all the time. There is a lot of "Disinformation" out there and easy to get confused about certain things.

This forum has a lot of knowledgeable people on it. I just joined an amp modders group here at MLPF, so hoping to pickup some good tube amp tips there
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Re: LP Jr capacitor questions.

I do keep the caps from most of the guitars I sell. A couple I've left the PIOs in - but I always make sure the buyer knows that I'm doing so.

Caps are quick and easy to swap in and out.
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Re: LP Jr capacitor questions.

Definately paper/oil caps can make a noticeable difference. I just got a MIJ Laquer series Epiphone junior and I changed the cap that was in it, a tiny yellow thing, to a paer/oil cap and the clarity was nite/day with the tone knob on 5, I can get the same tone I had before on 10 with the stock cap. Now,the whole range of the tone knob is usable, whereas before, it sounded good on 10 and was muddy below that.
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It is a damn fine forum, after i get my Epi upgrading done im definately joining as premium member. The stuff ive learnt already is worth more than a measly $30. But first my LP gets all i have till she's done.

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Thats cool, so no need for swaping. Thanks jonsey, misinformed internet info
Var2, Dont overheat your pots, do some googling on soldering guitar pots. I saw your other post, bummer about that, glad your experimenting but a little research and double referencing will help get things right.

thanks for the advice!
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