Bzzzzzzzzz…show me your Bumblebees

Dilver

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Well, I’ll be damned: I can hear the difference. Found this old .022 Bumblebee cap recently, and decided to give it a ride in my Junior. I could hear the difference right away. The tone is…”smoother”. Probably just means it’s drifted a bit, but I do like what I’m hearing, so it stays. Anyone else have a cavity shot to share?
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Mine are 0.012 uf Mylar Bees in parallel with old 0.01 uf Brazilian PIO
 

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Fake Gibson ones from the factory in my 2017 LP
 

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I think some caps do sound smoother and seem to be a little more usable. I got a reissue Tele with paper in oil caps and it is very smooth. I do have a couple of old Gibsons and the tone knob on the Junior does seem to work pretty well. I do have a pic of the cap in my ‘60 Melody Maker but not of the one in the Jr. I swear that some caps sound nasally, more like a wah-wah than others, orange drops come to mind. I dont really use my time knob that much so it doesn’t matter that much what’s in there.

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This is what came in the Tele.
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I'm due for a colonoscopy, so I'll have to upload my cavity shot later.

I don't believe in bumblebees because I believe in science. I even understand the science. I did actually leave the phony bees in my R0, because I didn't want to lose them in case I ever sell it. They seem to sound OK in there with the pickups it has. In all my other Pauls I traded up for a smaller value that is much more useful. Usually end up somewhere between 6n8F and u01F.
 

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The change in cap value when a swap is made is way more impactful than the cap composition. I use bees and other groovy caps, too, mostly to keep other people from telling me I "have to," but in my many installations it has been cap value (actual, not what's branded, which is a +/- range) that accounts for any difference/improvement. Not to be facetious, but my belief is that most perceived improvements are a function of listener attentiveness and scrutiny more than anything.
 

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I think some caps do sound smoother and seem to be a little more usable. I got a reissue Tele with paper in oil caps and it is very smooth. I do have a couple of old Gibsons and the tone knob on the Junior does seem to work pretty well. I do have a pic of the cap in my ‘60 Melody Maker but not of the one in the Jr. I swear that some caps sound nasally, more like a wah-wah than others, orange drops come to mind. I dont really use my time knob that much so it doesn’t matter that much what’s in there.

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This is what came in the Tele.
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I agree…I can hear a difference. I know an electrical engineer would tell me that it’s nonsense - if the values are the same.
 

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a soon to be installed new Luxe PIO shown on top, and the factory installed 2017 bee mylar look-a-like factory installed on bottom .. I think the bottom looks more "authentic" .. go figure
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