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.
The Luxe Radio & Musical Instrument Co. was founded in 2004, as an American manufacturer of early and mid-20th century style electronic components. Through intensive research and experimentation we recreate hard to find vintage electronic parts: sourcing original materials, manufacturers, and equipment to make our products as close to the original part as possible: in appearance, materials, manufacture and in performance. Ideal for accurate restorations and for new builds with a heritage look and feel.
Our business motto is simple: Make high quality, authentic, historic electronic parts available for the people who need them.
1956-1960 style Luxe Oil-Filled .022mF Bumble Bee Capacitors
9 years in development, these are brand new, made in the U.S.A. in the Luxe Radio workshop, to Vintage Specs.
Each cap is hand wound on a 1932 Sprague Specialties Co. Winding Machine replica using exact vintage spec foil and paper film. They're hand soldered, hand cast in oven-proof thermoplastic, hot vacuum impregnated with pure castor oil and hand-painted.
These parts are fresh from the time machine and authentic inside AND out.
Ships complete with Vintage Correct Wiring Diagrams, Mini Guitar Case box and Case Sticker.
We are the manufacturers, the caps will ship directly from us, and, as Always, everything is Guaranteed 100%.