My Firebird woke up!

Discussion in 'Other Gibsons' started by Marln864, Sep 29, 2017.

  1. Marln864

    Marln864 Junior Member

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    My friend just installed a Emerson .022 bumblebee cap. in my Firebird. It took out the icepick shrillness & made it more throaty sounding. It had a little bitty blue dot ceramic cap. Now I'm going to put one in my D.T. SG.
     
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  2. Guitaraxe

    Guitaraxe Senior Member

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    Cool!

    Little tweaks here and there can add up.
     
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    74JMP Senior Member

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    I have a 76 and it's never shrill but when I roll off the tone, not like the EC woman sound but down to 6 or 7 It gets really thick almost LP like neck sound on the bridge pup. Good caps n pots. My 91 was shrill so changed pups and did caps as well, bright but not shrill
     
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    charlie chitlins Senior Member

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    Eeeeenteresting...
    IME, a .047 is darker/warmer than a .022.
    Neither does anything when the tone is wide open, but, when I had a Firebird, it got a .047 and I always kept the tone rolled off just a tad to tame the highs...especially on the bridge pu.
     
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    judson Senior Member

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    what pots, what year, what pups,wazzzup?

    :photos:
     
  6. moreles

    moreles Senior Member

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    I'm guessing your new cap has a different value from the previous one, regardless of any value printed on the pieces themselves. It's easy to tame excessive highs with the right pot/cap values. Cap value is a big deal; cap composition is unlikely to have such a big effect, if any audible effect at all. Glad you got a configuration that suits your ears.
     
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    grumphh Senior Member

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    Always remember when changing caps that a cap that is physically bigger than the one you had will always have bigger tone.
    It cannot be any other way. Bigger equals bigger.
    Anyone can see that. Simple logic.

    Also, a cap will sound better if someone in marketing invented a fancy nickname for it.

    Bonus points if the technology for making the cap is at least 60 years old.
     
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