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 #93439  by TI4-1009
 Wed Feb 09, 2011 7:48 am
I know most of Jerry's guitars had the basic ceramic .02 or .022 uf tone caps. I think it's agreed that there are "better" caps available today- orange drop, wax and paper, vitamin Q, etc. I would guess you could make the argument that some of those caps would "improve" tone? But "improve" would also imply that the sound was moving away from the original Jerry tone, right? Thoughts?
 #93445  by JonnyBoy
 Wed Feb 09, 2011 8:27 am
I may be wrong, but I think the cap is bleeding the signal of high frequency to ground rather than "processing" it like a filter of sorts.... I would think the ceramic are just fine in that case and are much smaller to deal with...
 #93453  by waldo041
 Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:35 am
the cap material is the important or tone altering factor. jerry preferred ceramic, but ymmv.