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Best Cocked-Wah cap value?

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by WorkbenchJohnny, Mar 8, 2021.

  1. WorkbenchJohnny

    WorkbenchJohnny TDPRI Member

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    Sorry folks, I tried looking it up again but can’t find it.... which cap value did most on TDPRI say works best for a cocked-wah sound? If I recall, it wasn’t the value most diagrams list.
     
  2. Heavy Formvar

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    Probably a .047uf...
     
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    I’m going to use that for the time pot. Rolling it down does get me that type of sound and I dig it. Thanks for the recommendation :)

    However, I do remember it was a small value because the point someone made was that it was for a pre-set switching and not a variable pot.
     
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    No problem ;) I have a 47 in my Esquire but I consider swapping it for a 22...for a less nasal tone.

    Small value...maybe it was a .033?
     
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    .0047uF, .0068uF or .010uF


    Larger values than that just sound like tone turned all the way down.
     
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    Bingo! I think 0.010uF was what they agreed on. It looks correct from memory because it struck me right away as a value I’m not accustomed to seeing on a tone pot. Thanks!


    Thank you all for the input. Love communities for this type of group think
     
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    Yeah, exactly - it's smaller than a tone-pot cap because this makes the cutoff frequency not as low as a tone-pot cap.
     
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    I had a 3300pf (0.033uF) cap in my Esquire for the cocked wah setting. I found a NOS Mullard one on eBay and thought it would be cool to use that as it was only a few £s. Seemed to give a good effect, though I did find in the end that it wasn't something I found much use for myself, so I added a neck pickup and made it into a Tele this weekend.
     
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    I have always used .015 for the cocked wah tone with good results.
     
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    .047 is way too big IMO. That's just dead tone space. I think you need much less that that.

    But why not just use the WAH half cocked? Then you get to pick the tone for that song.
     
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    I use .012uf-.015uf depending on the actually guitar/pickups.
    Most of the time it's a . 013uf cap
     
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    That's two different numbers, was it 3300pF (.0033uF) or was it 33000 pF (.033uF)?
     
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