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    Default Capacitors Selection

    Hi guys, first time making changes to my guitar.

    Pick Up configuration:
    Bridge: JB Trembucker
    Middle: custom stack s6
    Neck: JB JR. For strat

    Guitar configuration:
    s/s/h
    5 way switch
    1 vol
    2 tones
    Floyd Rose tremolo

    Already went through wire configuration on the web, but ssh is not possible, so the only way possible was considering stratos configuration, with single coil in the three pick ups and repeating the humBucker single coil sized for the bridge. Software delivered a very logical wire connection, but my big doubt is if the cap recommended is right (0.022), considering the pick up configuration, basically because of the JB Trembucker

    Hope someone can give an orientation on that

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by RodrigoCamiruaga View Post
    Hi guys, first time making changes to my guitar.

    Pick Up configuration:
    Bridge: JB Trembucker
    Middle: custom stack s6
    Neck: JB JR. For strat

    Guitar configuration:
    s/s/h
    5 way switch
    1 vol
    2 tones
    Floyd Rose tremolo

    Already went through wire configuration on the web, but ssh is not possible, so the only way possible was considering stratos configuration, with single coil in the three pick ups and repeating the humBucker single coil sized for the bridge. Software delivered a very logical wire connection, but my big doubt is if the cap recommended is right (0.022), considering the pick up configuration, basically because of the JB Trembucker

    Hope someone can give an orientation on that

    Thanks
    Capacitors are personal preference; there really isn't a right or wrong within reason. Lots of diagrams recommend .047uf or .033uf, but I find both of them too dark to be useful. I use .022uf for just about everything except neck position humbuckers which get .015uf. For master tone controls I use .015uf for humbuckers or .022uf for single coils.
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    Default Re: Capacitors Selection

    .022 uF is a safe place to start (humbuckers and single coils), but it comes down to personal preference.

    It's important to note that with the tone pot on full, there's pretty much no difference between different cap values. You really notice the difference the most with the tone rolled off 60% or more. An awful lot of people don't ever do this with their tone knobs . . . so the cap they use really doesn't matter much at all.

    I actually kinda prefer a bigger cap on the neck than the bridge (.022 - .033). Sometimes I want a wooly/jazzy neck sound . . . but I never look for a wooly/jazzy bridge sound. With the bridge I usually just want variations of slight roll-off of highs and .01 - .015 usually gets me there. .047 is too dark for me.
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    Default Re: Capacitors Selection

    Thanks for all your recommendations guys it looks like the .022 is the starting point

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