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cozmik_cowboy
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Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 768
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Friday, September 03, 2010 - 2:06 pm:   Edit Post

I want to use a .047 F capaicitor on the tone control for a passive, single coil guitar. What would be the appropriate voltage? (I accidentally ordered 600v from AllParts - ain't no way that's fitting in a Tele cavity!)

Peter
hydrargyrum
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Username: hydrargyrum

Post Number: 837
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Friday, September 03, 2010 - 8:25 pm:   Edit Post

Did you end up with a sprague orange drop by any chance? Those are large indeed, but they are often sold for guitar electronics. The sprague bumblebee is highly prized for this sort of thing (400V), but quite expensive on the vintage market. I can't really claim to have ever compared any of these, but I was reading about this company on a forum once, and this product sounds interesting: http://www.rsguitarworks.net/rsstore/product_info.php?cPath=45_67&products_id=435
cozmik_cowboy
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Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 769
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Saturday, September 04, 2010 - 7:33 am:   Edit Post

Good guess, Kevin - yeah, I went with the Orange Drop. Upon further investigation, it seems I made my decision looking at the 200v .047 F version, and was careless when I went back to order & got the .047 F 600v - the 600v are about 1/2" diameter & 1 1/2" long. I've since read a thing that says voltage doesn't matter for guitar use, so I figure I'll order the 200v ones, which look much smaller. Turns out the CTS pots don't quite fit, either - I need to either get mini-pots or do a bit of trimming in the cavity. And I was so exciting when I saw the box on the porch -thougth I'd finally have it up & running this week!

Peter

(Message edited by cozmik_cowboy on September 04, 2010)
cozmik_cowboy
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Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 773
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Friday, September 10, 2010 - 7:53 pm:   Edit Post

Got the Tele back together & plugged in today; couldn't really play, as there's a ton of adjustment to do (everyhing was apart but the strap buttons). The old knobs don't fit the new switch & pots, & it buzzes like a sumbich (can you imagine? A Fender product buzzing??), but EVERYTHING DOES WHAT IT'S SUPPOSED TO DO!!! Yeah, I'm pumped. Many is the set-up I've done, but this is my first rewire. All I had to do was take the neck off so I could check the neck p/up & replace the boring w/b/w laminated pickguard w/the überhip solid black (22 fret board - extends over the guard so it won't come off), clean everything, trim the new guard to clear the control plate & neck, drill a new hole for the screw at the treble-bout point of the guard because it didn't line up w/the old hole, completely replace the controls (1 switch, 2 pots, 1 tone cap, 1 jack, all wires between same), take the bridge clear apart to get at the its mounting screws to replace the missing ground wire under it (& clean it), chisel the bottom of the cavity so the new switch would fit, carve the sides of the cavity so the new pots would fit, ream the holes in the (metal) control plate so the shafts of the new pots would fit............putting USA parts on an Indonesian ax is so much fun! But with the $35 garage-sale price, I'm still ahead of buying the same thing used, and I'm way upgraded.
Mrs. Cowboy says in the future I have to call her at work when everything I'm supposed to do is done to ask if I can work on guitars. She's no fun at all.

Peter
hydrargyrum
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Username: hydrargyrum

Post Number: 839
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Saturday, September 11, 2010 - 12:29 pm:   Edit Post

That sounds super fun Peter. It sounds like you'll have a great beater axe when you're done, and man, the price is right!

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