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PIO Vitamin Q .022uf .015uf BumbleBee Repro LP ZoSo Kit
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PIO Vitamin Q .022uf .015uf BumbleBee Repro LP ZoSo Kit

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Sold Date: 07/12/2011
Channel: Online Auction
Source: eBay



ZoSo Tone Capacitor Kit for Les Paul

This auction is for a set of American Made NOS - Paper in Oil - Vitamin Q - Audio capacitors for use in customizing electric guitars with humbucking pickup. These values (N.015/B.022) are famously referred to as the Jimmy Page tone configuation. These Paper in Oil caps will clean up your over-all tone and add a little more bite to the neck pickup.

Lots of people will tell you that the type / material of the caps you use in a guitar tone circuit doesn't matter. I strongly disagree with that from my experience, I personally like the sound of paper-in-oil type caps in guitar tone circuits a lot better than polyester or ceramic or polypropylene caps. My ears hear a nicer, rounder sound as the tone controls are in use with paper-in-oil caps. My Shredding Metal customers are shocked to hear gut kicking power chords and howling leads coming from caps famous for "vintage tone"?! Good tone is good tone - Period! Your crunch will be crunchier, your metal heavier and your blues will make them cry!

These are New Old Stock (NOS) American made capacitor reproduced to look like a Vintage BumbleBee. Real BumbleBees are expensive, because NOS BumbleBees are next to impossible to find. Used BumbleBee (most likely pulled from old electronic equipment) may have degraded over time since they were not Vitamin Q to start with - in short, they are no longer their original capacitance value (more like .033) - will they hold up? Gibson also used BumbleBees look-alikes for their new VOS Les Pauls, but alot of those turned out to be just film/ceramic caps in a plastic BumbleBee tubes - So, where did all these go? Others use Russian caps with 10% to 20% variance/tolerance, these are decent - but...is it quality stuff for the price?

You don't have to buy from me, but do youself a favor - if you want vintage tone - get a NOS western PIO caps with Vitamin Q oil (Mil Spec - same thing) at the value you want with 5% (best) to 10% (average/accurate to orginal) variance/tolerance. The voltage doesn't matter in tone circuits, so forget about that - 100v, 200v, 300v...630v...has nothing to do with tone circuits - just affects the size of the caps. But, if you are tired of looking - try one of my American made Caps...they have the vintage look and are half the size (less plastic) of other BumbleBee repros for easy installation and perfect fit (see pix and link below).

Put a pair of these "hot rodded" NOS caps under the hood and earn some street creds! Looks and sounds great, each cap is about 3/4 of an inch long and has the diameter of a pencil. Absolutely beautiful in both form and function! Hot Rod your Les Paul with Jimmy Page tone!

These Sprague equivalent capacitors meets or exceeds MIL-C-25 C (VitQ) performance, positive hermetic closure of the metal cases assured by glass-to-metal solder-seal terminals. This kit includes capactiors, installation instructions for Les Paul style guitars and insulation sleeves of your color choice (yellow, green, blue or white - if you do not specifiy in the order, I will ship white as the default).

Bridge - 0.022uF Vitamin Q - voltage: 200V- tolerance: 10%
Neck - 0.015uF Vitamin Q - voltage: 100V - tolerance: 10%

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But don't just take my word for it...

"It ended up going into another Gibson that I had refretted with stainless wire and sits behind a Fralin PAF "overwind" pickup which has that Rev. Billy Gibbons tone out the whaz00. In this particular guitar, rolled all the way down, it made a hellified woman tone, and very nearly does the soft smokey Duane Allman sound." - Doug (aka Blue*******)

"Great sounding set! Better than Orange drop, better than NOS Russian PIO AAAAA++" - Blue*******

"Dude! I put that second set in my Page #1 with Seymour Duncan 59's, 50's wiring scheme and it totally nails the Led Zep live sound. Thanks again!" - Jerry

"It made a huge improvement in my MIJ Epiphone with Gibson ...
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