So this is what it boils down to. I have my guinea pig, my Epiphone Les Paul plain top honeyburst.
Now I'm going to change capacitors... again. This time I bought an oil in paper cap AKA, the supreme mojo thing-a-ma-bob. The oil in paper cap is supposedly the "bee's knees" of all tone caps.
As I did say in my previous post, an oil in paper cap is a "run" capacitor. The polyester caps are "start" capacitors. I figured there wouldn't be any difference between poly caps, but I had to hear if oil caps really did have that secret, "mojo."
So I put a 0.022 UF oil in paper cap in the bridge tone pot. I figured that would be where I would hear the most difference.
I switched out the Mallory 0.022 UF poly cap for a Mallory 0.0153 UF cap for the neck tone pot. I heard that was the key to getting the ultra super duper secret tone. Also, it's suggested for the Eric Clapton woman tone. Correction. It's one of many suggestions I've read/heard/seen about achieving the woman tone. So I went for it.
The black one is the oil in paper cap. The yellow one is the Mallory.
First up, the Mallory 0.0153 UF cap.
I will give it this. Changing the Mallory cap from 0.022 UF to 0.0153 changed the tone "a smidge" when I rolled back the tone all the way. But then again, when do I ever do that?
So, I'm glad I did this little experiment. But I have to say, it didn't really change my opinion of paying a lot for "higher end" capacitors. To me, the value is simply the value. But I will say, I learnt quite a bit. It answered a few questions I'd had for a while. So I feel pretty good about that. Now, off to play a little guitar.