Luxe Vintage Capaciors
Luxe Paper-In-Oil Bumblebee Capacitors .022mfd 400vdc. Handmade reproductions of the Bumblebee tone caps used by Gibson from 1956 to 1970.
Each of these is hand-cast in black epoxy, using moulds made from genuine Sprague Bumblebees. Many other firms offer reproductions of this -popular item, but these are the only ones in the world that not only have the correct, narrow, painted color bands but are also made with NOS Paper-In-Oil Russian Vitamin Qs. These have a smooth and creamy sound with a great response across the spectrum, with audible harmonics or “sparkle.” Only paper can really transfer a guitar signal to the best advantage and these 20 to 30 year old Russian Military surplus caps really deliver.
Gibson sound engineers decided early on that the 400 volt caps were best for sound and throughout the 1950s they used .02mfd and .022mfd 400vdc caps in their guitars. The caps used to make these reproductions are rated at .022mfd 400vdc. The foil and dielectric paper are hermetically sealed in metal and glass so the capacitance will not drift. They will last longer than your guitar and they are as close as you can get to a real Bumblebee without spending $200.
The leads on these are insulated with reliced cloth spaghetti tubing, the same style as the harness builders at Gibson used.
1950s wiring diagrams for the Les Paul and LP Jr. are included. Unless your guitar was built in the ‘50s you probably don’t have the vintage style wiring set-up needed to really give your tone controls a boost, and if you have a Jr. you won’t find this wiring diagram anywhere else. These are full sized drawings that you can lay right on the guitar while you work and just follow the pictures.