Guitar Tone Capacitors
In this series of articles and videos, I explore how capacitor material type and capacitance value affect the overall sound of the guitar tone. I also explain how the tone circuit works, and answer a bunch of followup questions. Enjoy!
After much deliberation, experimentation, determination, and the inevitable procrastination and distraction… I’ve finally completed this comparison of tone capacitor material types and capacitance values. In part 1, I’ll evaluate a bunch of different dialectric material types to see how they change the character of the sound. In part 2, I’ll cover how different capacitance values […]
Well, part 2 of the tone video took waaaay longer than I anticipated! I spent a ridiculous amount of time editing, and animating illustrations of the tone circuit. Here I present a tutorial on how to read cap values, an explanation of how the capacitance and resistance work together as an RC filter in the […]
I’ve received a lot of questions and comments about my tone cap videos part 1 and part 2. In this video (split into two parts due to YouTube length limits), I answer some of those questions, and record some more examples. I talk about 50’s versus modern wiring, my recording setup and how the audio […]
In my tone cap material types comparison, there were a couple vintage caps which I couldn’t identify. I referred to them anonymously as the Yellow Cylinder and the Fat Gray Cylinder. Today, a kind gentleman by the name of Bill Zumwalt was able to give me the clues I needed to track these old caps […]