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Gibson Historic Bumblebee Capacitors 2-pack

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Straight from Gibson Guitar's Historic Re-issue guitars come Gibson's new Historic Spec series-parts that have been specially designed to replicate t...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 10-30-2017

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Put a little sting in your guitar.

Straight from Gibson Guitar's Historic Re-issue guitars come Gibson's new Historic Spec series-parts that have been specially designed to replicate the original parts used by Gibson in the late 1950s.

This two-pack of .022 mfd Gibson Bumblebee Capacitors look, perform, and sound just like the original capacitors that were used on late-'50s Gibson Les Pauls and vintage SGs. Famous for their tone (and their stripes!), the Historic Spec Bumblebee Capacitors are specially made for Gibson and can help you achieve that sweet, full tone that Gibson's legendary instruments are famous for.

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GibsonHistoric Bumblebee Capacitors 2-pack
 
1.8

(based on 12 reviews)

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BUMBLEBEE WIRING

I'VE READ ALL THE REVIEWS AND AT ONE TIME I AGREED WITH THEM ALL ,THEN ONE DAY I DECIDED TO REWIRE MY LES PAUL TO A 50'S STYLE WIRING . THAT'S WHEN IT...Read complete review

I'VE READ ALL THE REVIEWS AND AT ONE TIME I AGREED WITH THEM ALL ,THEN ONE DAY I DECIDED TO REWIRE MY LES PAUL TO A 50'S STYLE WIRING . THAT'S WHEN IT HAPPENED THE SUPPOSED MAGICAL BUMBLEBEE TONE WAS THERE ,I CAN'T EXPLAIN WHY IT HAPPENED EXCEPT THAT THEY WERE MAKE FIRST IN THE 50'S AND DESIGNED TO GO WITH THAT WIRING . ALL I KNOW IS THEY MADE MY GUITAR WAKE UP. YES THE PRICE IS HIGH AND IF YOU ALREADY SPENT THE MONEY THIS IS HOW YOU GET YOUR MONIES WORTH. TRY IT YOU'VE GOT NOTHING TO LOSE EXCEPT THAT BAD TASTE IN YOUR MOUTH FROM SPENDING SO MUCH MONEY FOR SOMETHING THAT DID'NT LIVE UP TO THE HYPE. THEY DO WORK IF YOU WIRE THEM CORRECTLY.

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Don't believe the myth.

These really do probably cost about 5 cents to make.I have heard ALL about the alleged differences between the sound of tone capacitors and I purchased about dozen different makes and types, all of...Read complete review

These really do probably cost about 5 cents to make.I have heard ALL about the alleged differences between the sound of tone capacitors and I purchased about dozen different makes and types, all of the same value (about .022mf). This included Mallory 150s, Sozo mustards, Orange Drops, Mojotone Paper-in-oils, Dijons, Xicon, cheap ceramics, etc. I put together some shielded alligator clips to try them all out in rotation inside my 2000 Les Paul, wired 50's style (this DOES make a difference) heavily-upgraded with Seymour Duncan pickups, Tonepros hardware, etc. into a Vox all-tube AC100-watt half-stack.If you try real hard and use your imagination, then at best, the difference is neglible. But if you listen without any bias, tone control rolled up, rolled down, rolled all around, then the difference is non-existant. In a guitar amp, capacitors make a tonal difference- I'll buy that. The signal passes through and moves on. But in a guitar tone control, any imparted characteristics or voicings of a capacitor seem like they're shunted right to ground. How can there be any difference? The only differences come with changing capacitor value (i.e. .015mf,.047mf,.1mf) or possibly which direction you wire it (the outside foil, if you can determine it, should be on the grounded end of the cap).Don't waste your time on the quest, or your money on the myth. Use the caps you have, or buy from a company you'd like to support.

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(49 of 50 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Don't believe the myth.

By Robert -HLN4G

from Philadelphia, PA

Comments about Gibson Historic Bumblebee Capacitors 2-pack:

These really do probably cost about 5 cents to make.I have heard ALL about the alleged differences between the sound of tone capacitors and I purchased about dozen different makes and types, all of the same value (about .022mf). This included Mallory 150s, Sozo mustards, Orange Drops, Mojotone Paper-in-oils, Dijons, Xicon, cheap ceramics, etc. I put together some shielded alligator clips to try them all out in rotation inside my 2000 Les Paul, wired 50's style (this DOES make a difference) heavily-upgraded with Seymour Duncan pickups, Tonepros hardware, etc. into a Vox all-tube AC100-watt half-stack.If you try real hard and use your imagination, then at best, the difference is neglible. But if you listen without any bias, tone control rolled up, rolled down, rolled all around, then the difference is non-existant. In a guitar amp, capacitors make a tonal difference- I'll buy that. The signal passes through and moves on. But in a guitar tone control, any imparted characteristics or voicings of a capacitor seem like they're shunted right to ground. How can there be any difference? The only differences come with changing capacitor value (i.e. .015mf,.047mf,.1mf) or possibly which direction you wire it (the outside foil, if you can determine it, should be on the grounded end of the cap).Don't waste your time on the quest, or your money on the myth. Use the caps you have, or buy from a company you'd like to support.

(44 of 48 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Fake.

By KeeperOfTheLowEnd420

from Deleon, TX

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Comments about Gibson Historic Bumblebee Capacitors 2-pack:

The Gibson caps are fakes. It?s just a poly cap in a plastic shell that looks old school..

(31 of 33 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

fake reissues

By RCR81

from Detroit

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Comments about Gibson Historic Bumblebee Capacitors 2-pack:

Do some research before you buy these. Check out the Gibson guitar forums as well. The reissue bumblebee caps are nothing like the originals. I have originals in my '58 Gibson ES-330 and they sounds great when turned all the way down and all the way up. Cheap fakes, and according to the Gibson forums these also, sound horrible turned up. Numerous people have bought these and had to send them back to Gibson (obviously they can't be sent back here once you solder them in). Apparently the "return" process to Gibson on them is almost impossible as well once soldered in -- everyone has to call a few times and speak with different people / supervisors.

(30 of 32 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Complete Ripoff

By Bob

from East Coast

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Comments about Gibson Historic Bumblebee Capacitors 2-pack:

As an electronics engineer and guitarist of over 40 years, I can tell you that ANY .022 microfarad capacitor is going to sound EXCACTLY the same. Those who say these "sound better" are smoking something they shouldn't. Tone is determined by the R/C time constant, the resistance of the pots times the capacitance of the capacitor. There is a "Q" factor, representing the quality (capacitive reactance divided by internal resistance of the capacitor) but a very high quality capacitor can be bought for about a buck and spending more is for the unknowing. This business of a cap selling for this would be for parts collectors only if you're going to put it in a museum or stare at it for some reason of nostalgia. There are many ways to improve the sound of your axe for that money while getting the most out of your R/C time constant for 1/100th the cost. Don't be foolish!

(29 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

really?

By Les Paul Nut-BczEX

from East Coast

Comments about Gibson Historic Bumblebee Capacitors 2-pack:

By now, everyone knows that the Gibson Historic "bumblebee" caps are cheap polyester metalized caps wrapped in brown plastic and paint. These caps are not even remotely similar to the original PIO bumblebee caps used on Gibsons in the late 1950s. There must be 1000% markup on these reissue Bees. I've used these reissue caps in recent Historic Les Pauls and they really do not sound very good compared to quality PIO caps that are commonly available.

(27 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Are The Kidding?

By Don Butler

from So. Cal.

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Comments about Gibson Historic Bumblebee Capacitors 2-pack:

Seems as though Gibson is trying to make us believe that these parts are real compared to the originals. These caps are nothing more that .50 cent a piece "Wesco .022 Foil/Film" caps. The original Sprague caps made in the `50's were Paper In Oil.These Wesco caps don't sound good and muddy your tone (even with the tone control on 10.

(25 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Rip Off

By slewis

from NC

Comments about Gibson Historic Bumblebee Capacitors 2-pack:

Let me start off by saying that these are decent quality capacitors. While they would improve the sound of most guitars, they are extremely overpriced. They are nothing but Gibson's normal capacitors that are put into a Bumblebee shell. These are not PIO(Paper in Oil) like the original Bumblebees were. What I really don't understand is the price. You can get an original set of Bumblebee capacitors for around $40. If you really want some great sounding caps for a low price get a set of orange drop caps for a couple bucks a piece.

(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
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Get some Jensens, they sound better

By Ralphnaderchop

from Chicago Area

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    • Poor Quality

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      Comments about Gibson Historic Bumblebee Capacitors 2-pack:

      These are meh...
      The Jensen paper in oil/foil caps sound much better than these. Much cheaper too, I regutted an SG Supreme and spent less than these caps.
      .022 for the Bridge, .015 for the neck.
      The 57 Classics really sing and do their thing now.
      If there was a single mod to do to a LP, that would be it.
      Thank me later.

      (6 of 42 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Just like them

      By Sledge-2fQa3

      from New York, NY

      Comments about Gibson Historic Bumblebee Capacitors 2-pack:

      These babies are like the late 1950's Bumble Bee (Later called Black Beauties). Original produced in March of 1950 with an oil fill tube, but soon changed to rolled foil and paper much like these reissues until production ended in 1959. These caps are as close to the original as current production can muster. They give a right off the shelve 1950's tone because they are new, they do sound different. The price is right on for limited issue custom made components. Those 60 year old Bumbles sound like they do because their trash.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Just bumblebee disguised regular capacitors...

      By Audioware

      from Athens, Greece

      About Me Professional Musician

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        • Not worth the money

        Best Uses

        • trash bin

        Comments about Gibson Historic Bumblebee Capacitors 2-pack:

        Just a myth. The same capacitors without the bumblebee jacket can be purchased for less than a buck.
        Tested a couple of them on my Gibson and couldn't spot any difference between other cheap caps, having the tone all the way up or down. Don't buy them, not worth the money...

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Fakes.

        By Martialblaine

        from Calgary, ab

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          • Poor Quality

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            Comments about Gibson Historic Bumblebee Capacitors 2-pack:

            This is a cheap capacitor in an exotic skin. Save yourself the money. Shame on Gibson

            (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            BUMBLEBEE WIRING

            By JIMMIE

            from CT

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

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                Comments about Gibson Historic Bumblebee Capacitors 2-pack:

                I'VE READ ALL THE REVIEWS AND AT ONE TIME I AGREED WITH THEM ALL ,THEN ONE DAY I DECIDED TO REWIRE MY LES PAUL TO A 50'S STYLE WIRING . THAT'S WHEN IT HAPPENED THE SUPPOSED MAGICAL BUMBLEBEE TONE WAS THERE ,I CAN'T EXPLAIN WHY IT HAPPENED EXCEPT THAT THEY WERE MAKE FIRST IN THE 50'S AND DESIGNED TO GO WITH THAT WIRING . ALL I KNOW IS THEY MADE MY GUITAR WAKE UP. YES THE PRICE IS HIGH AND IF YOU ALREADY SPENT THE MONEY THIS IS HOW YOU GET YOUR MONIES WORTH. TRY IT YOU'VE GOT NOTHING TO LOSE EXCEPT THAT BAD TASTE IN YOUR MOUTH FROM SPENDING SO MUCH MONEY FOR SOMETHING THAT DID'NT LIVE UP TO THE HYPE. THEY DO WORK IF YOU WIRE THEM CORRECTLY.

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