Are these CAPS right ?

p90rules

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So I've got a 73 Les Paul Custom on my radar that is supposedly all original, so just wanted to check if these caps look correct.
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Not sure if they used others, but most 71-74 Les Pauls I’ve seen have ”black beauty” caps.
 

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They changed in 73 sometime. The real 74's have a brown ceramic cap which stayed the same for a while. There was a short lived cap in 73 after the black beauty was discontinued but I don't know what they were.
 

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They're both .022 mfd by the way. Usually they're a combo of 22 and 47 when used with 500K pots / humbuckers.

Are the pots original? I believe lower value pots were used in the norlin era. My 81 Custom had 300K volume and even lower value tone pots.
 

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There’s a Norlin cap ID by year thread here somewhere….I will look and see if I can dig it up.
 

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Thanks for the info guys..Much appreciated
 

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As mentioned already,.... most 1973 Gibson LPs had "black beauty" Sprague capacitors like these...

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Though the caps in the OPs guitar could be original,.... just because i have never seen these before doesn't mean Gibson never used them..... this '73 to '75 period the only thing consistent was the pots.... even the wire channel bounced around.

Another possibility is that someone replaced the Spragues to resell and used the yellow lead sleeves to resemble originality.
 
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Any idea what’s going on here with this all original (supposedly) 1974 Les Paul Custom.
 

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So should I assume the caps in the 73 are probably not original?
 

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So should I assume the caps in the 73 are probably not original?
Everything else seems original,.... pots, solder joints, and wiring..... if the caps are not original i wouldn't sweat it. Easy to replace without any harm. I wouldn't touch them if the function like they should as they very well could be "original".

It wouldn't be a deal breaker for me.
 

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AFAIK, Gibson also used German Ero-Fol and Ero-Fol II caps up to '74 or thereabouts. Or am I mistaken?
 

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