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Old 06-22-2013, 04:41 PM   #1
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What`s the highest rated cap you've used on a tone pot?

so far, the highest I've used is a .22uf cap on my SE Santana. When the tone is all the way down it creates a really dark tone with gain channels. Considering a .47uf on the highest setting of a 12 position varitone for use on my Gibson 496r/500t combo.
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:26 PM   #2
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Im going to assume you meant .047uF instead of .47uF(unless you want to turn your se santana into a really bad bass). A .047uF cap is about as high as I would go. it would take out alot more of the high frequencies from your signal, making the guitar more dark. downside may be that it can sound really muddy, especially on a guitar such as that.

my ec256 came with a 250k pot and .047uF cap for the tone controls(usually controls for single coils). this combo takes away too much of the treble and turns my tone into mud. not all too sure how a 500k pot would sound, but the setup on my guitar is just bad at times.
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:39 PM   #3
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ive got a varitone on my axl strat copy with the highest value at .33uf... plan to mess around with the JB at that setting with modern gain channels. the santana has a 6-position varitone and the highest value there is .22uf. ilove options, some may not be practical, but still fun to has as an option
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:11 AM   #4
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Varitones typically have 10M resistors, as opposed to the 250K or 500K pot you usually have for the tone control. So saying you have a .33 is apples and oranges, and if you don't specify that you're using a Varitone it's junk information, just misleading. A .33 on a Varitone works fine, on a tone pot it would probably be too muddy.
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Varitones typically have 10M resistors, as opposed to the 250K or 500K pot you usually have for the tone control. So saying you have a .33 is apples and oranges, and if you don't specify that you're using a Varitone it's junk information, just misleading. A .33 on a Varitone works fine, on a tone pot it would probably be too muddy.



I've actually got the veritone wired in-line with the pot where the cap would normally be by itself. But, I do not have any resistors wired in with the varitone because of the pot. I realize it produces a different effect, and yes, .33 is quite muddy, but with a high-output pickup on modern gain channels it creates a pretty cool, dark, crunch.
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Varitones typically have 10M resistors, as opposed to the 250K or 500K pot you usually have for the tone control. So saying you have a .33 is apples and oranges, and if you don't specify that you're using a Varitone it's junk information, just misleading. A .33 on a Varitone works fine, on a tone pot it would probably be too muddy.

Those 10M resistors are just to bleed off charge held up the caps, anti poping resistors.

No affect on tone.
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