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Tone caps for Epiphone dot ES-335


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Hi Epiphone lovers,


At the moment, I am upgrading my Korean Epiphone dot ES-335 from 2000. So far, I have upgraded the guitar by replacing:


1. Epi stock guitar nut to TusqXL


2. Epi stock volume pot from 500k linear to CTS 500k audio, and Epi stock tone pot 500k audio to CTS 500k audio. (Before changing the epi stock '57 classic pickup to Gibson'57 classic, i thought it is wise to improve the wiring and capacitors of my Epiphone first)


In this case (despite being subjective), which tone capacitors value (for neck and bridge) would you guys recommend me that is suitable for Epiphone ES-dot?


I am asking this because I am not sure what tone capacitors value are commonly installed in the Gibson ES model / semi hollow. For instance, I see a lot Epi Les paul users install 0.15 uF (for neck) to achieve brighter sound when the tone is rolled back and 0.22 uF or 0.47uF (for the bridge)


A local luthier advises me to install 0.47 uF tone capacitors for both neck and bridge. But i am afraid that putting 0.47 uF in the neck of ES-335 will result a muddy / nasal tone.


I am now tempting to go to 0.22 uF, or even 0.15 uF (for neck), and keep the bridge for 0.47 uF.


But the question is: Would 0.22 uF or 0.15 uF in the semi hollow body neck will result the same as in the les paul neck?


Please help me guys as I am sure some of you have experienced more than me :) I really appreciate your comments and time!


Thanks again

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0.22uf is the standard cap used on both neck and bridge tone pot. The 0.15uf cap will brighten the tone in the neck or bridge position. The 0.47uf cap will create a darker tone, to dark IMO. If you want darker tone, try using a 0.33uf cap.






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