PIO Vitamin Q .022uf + .015uf BumbleBee Repro ZoSo Tone

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  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Oct 27, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House

Last batch...May not be able to get more like these...

ZoSo Tone Capacitors for Les Paul and SG Style Guitars

This auction is for a set/pair of American Made Jimmy Page style NOS - .015uf and .022uf - Paper in Oil - Vitamin Q - Audio capacitors for use in customizing electric guitars with humbucking pickup. 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 and will clean up and add alittle more bite to your over-all tone.

This kit includes capacitors, installation instructions for Les Paul style guitars and insulation sleeves of your color choice (Red, Yellow, Green, Blue or White - If you do not specify a color in the payment, I will randomly select a color for the order).

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?

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!

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" Jimmy Page Style ZoSo 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!

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

Gibson Les Paul Example

Gibson SG Example


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

"I have purchased several old Sprague Bumble Bee caps in the past and although they sound good, the ones I bought from you seem even better sounding...tighter, more crunch, less high end ear fatigue and the tone controls seem to have more response." - Ron

"Love your caps, top quality stuff! Thanks again for the opportunity, it won't be the last time, I promise! :)" - Joseph

"The (.022) designer bumblebee that you sent...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 p...