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Strat wiring, do u have to use same cap for both ..

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by bluesking55, May 22, 2011.

  1. bluesking55

    bluesking55 Supporting Member

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    tone controls?
    How would I wire it up for 2 separte tones? What lugs on the tone control should it be wired 2 and then grounded?
     
  2. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    of course not. two different size caps makes perfect sense, especially when mixing different kinds of pickups.

    the wire comes in to the counter-clockwise lug of each pot, the cap goes on the center lug, and the other end of the cap goes to ground.
     
  3. whiteop

    whiteop Senior Member

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    .1, .047, .022, .015 are cap values I use regularly. I like the orange spragues and vitamin Q oil caps best. The higher the value the more the low end u get but to be honest it doesn' t seem to make that much difference.
     
  4. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    that's not quite right. you get less highs, not more lows.

    the bigger the cap, the lower the "cutoff" in frequencies, above which the signal goes away when you turn the tone knob down. a .01μF cap leaves in plenty of midrange and just kills the high treble, while a .05μF cap kills some mids, too.

    the low end itself is the same no matter what.

    (also, it totally depends on what pickup you have as to how much the cap affects it; a "hot" pickup with a higher DC resistance gets affected more, so a smaller cap is plenty to darken it.)
     

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