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Old February 20th, 2011, 12:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Resistor wattage and capacitor voltage? What's "correct" for guitar wiring?

Hi guys,

I thought I was getting a grip on this stuff, but as usual was reminded that I have a lot to learn I went to my local electronics shop today to round up a few resistors and capacitors for a couple of things I want to try out, and was confronted by a great many shelves of them. I knew the values I was looking for, the resistors in ohms and the caps in microfarads, but I was confused when the resistors were further sorted out by wattage and the caps by voltage. Is there a value that is "correct" for guitar wiring? I'm looking to "audition" some different tone caps, and wanted to try a couple of different cap/resistor values for a treble bleed circuit.

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Old February 20th, 2011, 01:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You are going to have a real hard time getting more than a volt out of a guitar pickup, and the wattage generated at a guitar's output jack is best expressed in milliwatts.

So don't worry too much about the watts and volts, just get parts that physically fit or have the composition you desire.
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Old February 20th, 2011, 02:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Being an electronics dummy I just did a lot of reading here. Put together a guitar, just waiting on the nut to be done (not by me). Voltage and Watts? Ummm...

After much deliberation and thought on style and desired sound I went 3 way modern wiring with the Fezz Parker Mod instead of a treble bleed and got Orange Drop .047 and .022 caps. Currently I've wired in the .022 but if it feels too bright after a bit of playing I'll switch it.

I know it all works, i just have to get it back and play.

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You are not going to be able to buy any passive component with a voltage or power rating low enough to not be usable in a guitar.
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Old February 20th, 2011, 02:51 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Did I use a double negative? Any component power or voltage ratings you find will be way overkill for guitar electronics. No worries.
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That's kind of what I figured, thanks for the confirmation!
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