Reproduction .05 MFD 150 V.D.C. "ZSW1S5" Capacitor
Reproduction "ZSW1S5" .05 uF 150v. Capacitor for Tele "Dark Circuit" , Esquire, etc.
This is a replica of the Cornell-Dubilier ZSW1S5 .05uF paper-wax capacitors that were used in Fender Broadcaster, Nocaster and Tele guitars up until the early 1960's. along with "Phonebook Capacitor". While these are made with paper and wax as part of their construction, that isn't for tone reasons, the real intent is to get the look of the vintage capacitor, not the construction. I make these with a network of four .047uf modern axial multilayer ceramic caps under the cover. The leads are 22 awg tinned copper about 2 inches long. Real paper-wax caps haven't been made in years. There is good reason why, they weren't all that accurate or reliable, and were labor intensive to make. These are good sounding, reliable, very accurate, and have the vintage appearance. Each one is tested and the results are marked on the package insert.
If you want to replicate the 1950's tones and look this capacitor is ideal, unless you want to pay hundreds for the authentic originals if you can even find them, or a lot more for other makers repros. Also check the photos and be sure you have room in your guitar for these, they are large compared to modern caps. These are approximately 7/16 inch diameter by 1 1/16 inch long.
Sometimes Fender used a slightly different part, the ZYW1S5, which is a bit shorter. I have reproductions of those as well in a different listing.
Customizing - if you would like your capacitor to be aged darker than the ones in these photos, just add a note to your order or send me a contact request. I don't stock them but I also can customize these with different microfarad values and amounts of aging, or even make them with Mallory mylar capacitors instead of the multilayer ceramics if you prefer, though I think the MLC capaciitors may be closer to the characteristics of the originals. Expect a couple of weeks of lead time for the customized varieties.
Price is for a single capacitor and includes shipping by first class mail. Some of the photos show a pot for size reference- it isn't included, just the cap and insulation.