Some of Gibson’s 2014 model year guitars use Orange Drop capacitors, and there’s a very good reason why Gibson chose them. It’s a misconception that all capacitors with the same value are the same; not only can capacitor values vary as they come off the assembly line, capacitance can also vary with frequency, applied voltage, and temperature. If your guitar uses a cheap capacitor for its tone control and you think your guitar sounds different under stage lights then when you’re offstage, you’re probably right. Some ceramic capacitors are even slightly microphonic, so they generate audio when subjected to high sound pressure levels.
The Orange Drop capacitor line introduced in the ‘60s by Sprague heralded the capacitors of the modern era—with stability, resistance to temperature variation, low moisture absorption, excellent characteristics in AC circuits, no microphonics, and other desirable attributes. The result is that Orange Drop capacitors provide the stability and precision—and therefore, consistent tone—that professionals expect.
Orange Drop capacitors have a well-deserved reputation for quality that has proven itself for close to half a century. With a track record like that, Orange Drop capacitors were consistent with Gibson’s intention to make the 2014 line of guitars and basses the finest musical instruments Gibson has ever produced.