Treble bleed about to happen...is .001 uf the same as 1000 pf?

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  1. cmm71

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    Seems like an easy question for the Google but I got conflicting/confusing answers. I found some potential caps for my treble bleed but some sites label them .001uf which I interpret as microfarad. Then I see another site list .001 mf. Is that millifarad? We need a picofarad standard or this whole treble bleed thing becomes anarchy.

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    That would be 1000 nF or 1000000 pF
     
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    .001 uF is indeed the same as 1000 pF.

    And .001 uF = 1 nF.

    I've never seen millifarads used to measure capacitance. That's IMO just someone doing a layman's substitution of the "m" in place of the "u."

    In the U.S., it seems like most capacitance tends to use units of either pico (pF) or micro (uF), while nano (nF) seems to be a lot more common in other parts of the world, especially Europe.
     
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    Yes 0.001uF (micro Farad,) = 1nF (nano Farad) = 1000pF (pico Farad)

    And assuming this is for a guitar volume pot, then that's a good value for the cap. If you want the best tonal consistency as you roll down, add a resistor in parallel with the cap. 150k for a 500k volume pot, 120k if it's a 250k pot.
     
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    Where do y’all get your capacitors?
    I need to get 1 .001uf cap and 3 .0033uf cap for my la cabronita to wire it like the custom shop.
     
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    Thankyou...that clears it up. I use Guitar Parts Resource (I think they call themselves Guitar Parts Factory now) for my wire, capacitor and resistor needs. They don't do the paper in oil thing so I ended up searching on Google and that led me down the "mf" road. As far as treble bleed I've heard of using 680 pf caps but I'm trying the 1000 pf cap. The resistor value I ordered is 150k. I'd not heard that single coils need a different size. I suppose I can order the 120. I miss Radio Shack.
     
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    StewMac sells caps and resistors together already soldered.
     
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    Digi Key has decent selection, and better prices, as it's an electronic parts store. Sometimes, you can even find some NOS.
     
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    120/150 k is a small difference. You'll be fine with 150k if that's what you have. It's all a fairly broad spectrum, there's no suddenly right and wrong answers and your preferences may be a step or two different.
     
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