Luxe Bumble Bees Caps Set 1956-1960
Luxe Paper-In-Oil Bumblebee Capacitors .022mfd 400vdc
Handmade reproductions of the Bumblebee tone caps used by Gibson from 1956 to 1960.
Each of these is hand-cast in black epoxy, using molds made from genuine Sprague Bumblebees. Many other firms offer reproductions of this ever-popular item, but these are the only ones in the world that not only have the correct, narrow, painted color bands and all handmade like the old ones. No cheap film caps here. These have a smooth and creamy sound with a great response across the spectrum, with audible harmonics or “sparkle.” For some reason only paper can really transfer a guitar signal to the best advantage.
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. They could have saved 5 cents on every guitar with lower voltage caps, but those were the old days. The caps used to make these reproductions are rated at .022mfd 400vdc. The leads on these are insulated with relic’d 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.