Originally Posted by Narcoleptigon
Yeah. I guess it's "wholly cra..."
Anyway, just messin' with you on that.
Seriously, that diagram looks right, but for two things. Bravo! First, the tone pot poles should be facing the volume pot. Swap it's outside pole connections. Otherwise, the tone pot will work backwards. Second, I meant to try the 0.0047uf cap on the HoOP switch, not as the alternate tone cap. For the alt tone cap, I'd go for ~2.2nF. With an added average cable-C of ~300pF, that would give you a ~2.2kHz Rz for the L45S and ~2.4kHz for the L202TN. You could go + or - ~100pF with the cable-C without it making much difference. With both PUP's in parallel, you'll get ~3.3kHz Rz, but the highs cut down anyway, so it shouldn't be an issue. Smell me?
Some people prefer 0.022uF as a standard tone cap...Not me. You could try either, or something in between. Listen with the tone knob at 4 and 5 as prime references. Use whichever cap "moves" you more.
I was refering to the language of electronics...
Let's assume I have understood correctly your last comment and corrected the diagram accordingly.
For the cap at the switch, one explanation given to me by the highly articulate Emmett Brown (AKA Deaf Eddie) is the following:
That cap is ONLY there to choke the bass out of the neck pup in throws #4 and #5. I'd say, start with the .010uF, and see what you think. Play around with other values if you want to see what they will do. A BIGGER cap will make throw #4 warmer, but throw #5 will get weaker. A smaller cap will make throw #4 thinner, but throw #5 fatter. It's a balancing act/compromise between the two throws.
I will experiment to see what 0.01uF and 0.0047uF do to position 4.
The question is what value for the tone caps should I use?
Again, quoting Sir Brown (he should really be knighted for service rendered to people like me...):
Many vintage Fenders use a .047uf (MICROFARAD) tone cap.
The .0046uf cap has been used in the Eldred Mod and their specialty tone options.
In most cases, you'd need to have the tone near "0" to really hear it working, but the result (depending on your pickups) has been described as "jazz-box" or "woman-tone," and some players even hear a "cocked-wah" with it.
Back to your original idea, if you used a .010uf and a .020uf as you suggested, AND the caps that you happened to get were at the extremes of a +/- 20% value range (common QC range for caps), you might end up with a .012uf and a .014uf - you'd NEVER hear the difference!
There is still little variation between the 0.022 and 0.047, so maybe I should try with the 0.0047 and the 0.047 and modify to 0.047 and 0.022 if I don't like the sound...
That is, of course, if step 1 is true