Tele mystery cap

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  1. sshan25

    sshan25 Supporting Member

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    So, l'm parting out a guitar and when l removed the control plate l discovered a cap the size of a Buick attached to the volume and tone pots. Anyone know what this beast is? It's so big it's almost creepy.

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  3. Polynitro

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    yup 473=47x3(-100)

    47.0 move the decimal 3 places to the left

    the higher the volts the bigger the cap
     
  4. HayekFan

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    Sprague "orange drop". Mongo size thanks to the 600 volt rating.

    Be sure not to get it wet. Water turns these into animated pumpkins that will chase your pets around.
     
  5. sshan25

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    Thanks for the info, folks.
     
  6. TheWayfarer84

    TheWayfarer84 Silver Supporting Member

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    looks like "the last .047 at the bottom of the drawer, oh well I'll use it".
     
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    Guy had some leftover 'death' caps.
     
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    At least it's ready for the 600 volt mod to your emg preamp.
     
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  9. Ron Kirn

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    don;t sweat it, the voltage rating has no bearing on the caps function in the guitar... as far as the guitar's concerned,. it's just a .047 cap...

    Ron Kirn
     
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    But now he can put his fear of damaged caps due to lightning strikes to rest.
     
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    Is it original?
    Is it 'vintage?'
    Could be worth big bux if marketed just right.:rolleyes:
     
  12. Ron Kirn

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    here IS a thought though... for "you" resonance guys... that booger, suspended on those leads.... at that "mass", could start vibrating at an intensity that could far outweigh the contribution of something like... well... hell, most of the do dads and aspects of guitars that "y'all" seem to wanna claim influence the "voice" to a notable degree... not saying it would... but the "mechanics" are entirely correct for it to do so.. :p

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    that's a very quality capacitor, for sure. a lot of material went into building one.
     
  14. Polynitro

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    i doubt it will be suspended once in the cavity it will be pushed against the bottom.

    what I like about that cap is the tolerance is +/-5% so, we know its very close to .047, if not dead-on-balls accurate (its an industry term)

    what I dont like is the legs are huge...its much easier to solder little ceramic cap legs to a pot or wherever...
     
  15. Tone_Terrific

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    But small legs and right angle bends clog the flow of electrons.
    :tapedshut
     
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  16. SPROING!

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    Did someone say mystery cap? I have mine ready!

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  17. Polynitro

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    true but some prefer the sound of a cap that constricts electron flow, or one that slows it down.
     
  18. Sweetfinger

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    You'd be surprised...or not, at the number of people who buy caps from me that prefer the bigger ones. Lots of customers ask for "Orange Drops". When I ask what voltage, value, and dielectric type (polyester or polypropylene) they need, they have no idea. It's just a catch phrase they've read on teh interweb. Asking for "Orange Drops" without knowing anything more specific is like asking for a "green tractor", or "black Michelin tire".
     
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    Or a class A amp.
    We want the good stuff.
     
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  20. SPROING!

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    For real. Who are these losers using class D amps? That's barely passing.
     
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