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CONTINUED – Tone Chasin’: The Skinny on Capacitors and Potentiometers (Or Caps and Pots) — Part 2

Tone Chasin’: The Skinny on Capacitors and Potentiometers (Or Caps and Pots) — Part 2

By Jason Lollar

Blog Pots and Caps

In my previous post, I wrote about choosing the best pots for your sound (If you haven’t done so already, you can read it HERE). In this post, I will focus on capacitors (or caps), the different types/values, and how they work to affect and influence your guitar tone.

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Tone Chasin’: The Skinny on Capacitors and Potentiometers (Or Caps and Pots) — Part 1

Tone Chasin’: The Skinny on Capacitors and Potentiometers (Or Caps and Pots) — Part 1

By Jason Lollar

Blog Pots and Caps

Finding your guitar tone involves a mix of science and voodoo. This alchemy includes the role of capacitors and potentiometers, also known as caps and pots. In this article, we focus on pots, and separate fact from fiction and explain how they are typically used to give you greater tone and volume control.

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Something To Get Wound Up About…

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Ever wanted to build your own guitar pickups? (And since you’re reading this blog, we’ll assume the answer is “YES”). Well, here’s your chance to learn from a master.

Our own Jason Lollar, a 1979 graduate of the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, returns to the school to teach a course on pickup winding May 6-7, 2017. If you’re serious about learning the craft, or even a passionate amateur, this class is a must. There are only a few spaces left, so sign up now to reserve your spot. (click link for more info)

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Customs, Repops, and Repairs, OH MY!

Custom built Lollar ES300 pickup

This ES 300 reproduction pickup was hand built from raw materials in-house at Lollar Pickups.

At Lollar, we’re one of the few places that actually makes pickups completely from scratch – we always have, always will. Whether it’s for a custom application or a vintage restoration, we have the tools and knowledge to fabricate almost anything in-house, from small repair/replacement parts to complete pickups.

This is a copy of a later version of the Gibson ES 300 pickup that we built recently for a restoration. The old tortoiseshell material Gibson used degrades over time and after decades it just crumbles to dust, so these solid tortoise pickups made from celluloid are often missing from the vintage instruments.

As seen in the picture below. two versions of the ES 300 pickups were made; a long and short. This one is the short of course, but we’ve made the long version too.

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