best tone cap?


Senior Stratmaster
Jul 10, 2007
Well I certainly heard the SUBTLE differences with the Tone knob on 10 during this comparison. I just don't know how much of a difference is worth my effort. I wish had more time on my hands, but I don't!

YouTube - Guitar Tone Capacitors, part 1: Evaluating Material Types


Aug 18, 2009
The problem with all of these "comparisons" is that most people don't have capacitance meters. Sometimes the tolerances are way off, so plugging in caps on YouTube is about as good as worrying about what kind of plastic pickguard "resonates" or lets the guitar "breath" and other hocus pocus.


Senior Stratmaster
Feb 20, 2010
i'm at the point where, if i hadn't already F**ked with it, i would leave it alone. but i did. so now i'm going to try them all and see if there really is a difference. and, even if there isn't, if my ears say there is, and i like one over the other, that's the one i'm going with.

and TexCaster, everyone knows that mint grean resonates and breathes better and shielding seals in the mojo but taking your trem cover off lets it back out.


Aug 29, 2010
so the orange drop .022 are good? I've heard they don't do much. will wire tone knob to bridge so .022 good choice?


Senior Stratmaster
Oct 21, 2010
ask yourself first..what tone am i looking for????

is it a certain era stratocaster ??? if it is i think the best way is to find all the original values/specs of said parts and try and duplicate that as closely as possible. get caps that have <10% tolerance variation ( i like rs guitarworks pots and caps )

maybe 1 era used paper in oil and a .1 value. maybe a ceramic cap with .047 value for another era.????

if you/we want a real strat sound i think all we can do is try and get the most consistant tolerances and the best parts we can afford and try and duplicate the original era specific specs.???????

it is not rocket science but there are certain things that have to be followed if you want to try and get the vintage tone.

i think many here are after the old vintage tone?? and if you are????? how can you/we get around using the ( as best as possible ) closest matching parts and specs ???


Strat-Talk Member
Aug 19, 2013
Swartz Creek, MI
I just changed mine from a .056 to a .022 and I like it a lot. I may even go to a .015 for fun, but it REALLY changed the clarity of the guitar. With the 250K pots full up, too. Big difference.