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Can I use these caps for tone?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by JingleJungle, Oct 13, 2005.

  1. JingleJungle

    JingleJungle Member

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    Hi y'all
    I have some old Sprague caps .033 - 400 dc (160P) lying around, unused.
    Are these any good for a guitar tone control?

    Thx,

    JJ
     
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    Reason I was asking is that they look bulkier than the usual caps.
    I was thinking they were meant for amp circuit voltage (isn't that what the 400dc stands for?).

    JJ
     
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    That stands for 400 volts DC and yes they are made for circuit that run higher voltages.This is also why they are physically larger.They are overkill in a guitar circuit but will work fine.
     
  5. Richard Guy

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    The short answer is -no- They are disc caps, not electrolytic.

    There are static charges everywhere. Static charges can be in the thousands of volts but have extermely low current. Snap a wool blanket in a dry air enviornment and see the sparks (turn yor lights off),...thats static. I believe that the -pop- you are hearing is a small difference in potential or static. Nothing to worry about, especially since it clears.
     

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