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Tone caps in P-basses

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by jamerson_fan, Sep 28, 2009.


  1. jamerson_fan

    jamerson_fan

    Feb 17, 2008
    Hi

    I did some searches, but couldn't find the answer(s) to this:

    -What different tone caps came with the different "era" P-basses?
    (pre-CBS, 60s-00s, etc.)

    -What tone cap is generally considered "best" for warm, vintage sound?
    (I use flats on a japanese '62-reissue from 1983 and it has a 104K-cap)

    regards
    Magnus
     
  2. jamerson_fan

    jamerson_fan

    Feb 17, 2008
    bump
     
  3. I have no idea what came on different era P basses, but I don't believe I have ever seen a P bass use any value other than 0.047uF and 0.1uF.

    It's hard to say which value is best, you have to try them for yourself and see what suits your tonal needs best.

    You might want to consider something like a ToneStyler.
    http://www.stellartone.com/Page.asp?NavID=147
     
  4. yeah those two caps are the only ones that work for me... if you have lower cap value then the tone control doesent go all the way back to the fundamental bass we are used to... in some cases with amps that don't have tweeters you wont even notice any differance in sound

    the higher the value of a cap the less treble and mids are gonna be left when you roll it all the way back... thats the whole thing
     
  5. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    i only use .047 uf caps in my p basses and that's what came in all of my vintage ones.
     
  6. Arvin

    Arvin Underwound Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    On the bench
    FWIW, my Squier Classic Vibe 60's P has a .068uF in it.
     
  7. Is that accurate to a 60's P bass though, or was that a value that Squier choose?
     
  8. Arvin

    Arvin Underwound Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    On the bench
    I don't really have any idea -- but, someone at Fender decided it'd be a good idea to do something different. Maybe it's following some precedent? Maybe it's a "new" concept for Fender/Squier?

    It sounds good with the tone rolled back about 67%, though. :D
     
  9. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    original 60's had an .047 cornell dubilier capacitor.
     

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