General tech questions

Is this a 1949 capacitor? Gibson ‘49 ES-5N content!

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Hi,

I own a 1949 ES-5N that seems to be all original (I have no reason to believe it is not). I'm the second owner, it has a known history and it's a fantastic guitar. The other day I decided to check the pots for date codes and they have a code that says week 18, 1949 (IRC). So far so good...but the capacitor on the master tone pot looks strange to me, never seen one before. It looks almost too new to be from 1949. It is a Gudeman capacitor with code 438940: 438 stands for Gudeman and 940 would be week 40, 1949. That could be just right because I know for a fact that the guitar left the Gibson factory after october 1, 1949 and was bought in Buffalo, NY on october 29, 1949. Week 40 is october 3 - october 9, so that is possible in theory. But again, the capacitor doesn't look 40's to me...on the other hand, the date code matches with 1949 (or 1959, or 1969, etc...but if it was changed later then it would be a big coincidence that it has a '9' in the code as far as I'm concerned). Everything looks to be original on this guitar: pickups, wiring, soldering, pots, etc...I just wanna know if the capacitor also is original.

Is there anyone who has seen this type of capacitor before? Did they make and use them in 1949 or before? Any info would be great!

Here's the cap:

And here's the guitar:

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I don't know that much about capacitors, but I do know that I just drooled all over my keyboard. What a beautiful guitar! I'm quite jeaulous. Congratulations!

By the way, what you say seems logical, and I am sure that someone will be able to confirm it for you.

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Wrong capacitor , give me the guitar!

That said , it's probably original, there's no set aesthetic for caps of different eras that I know of. Gibson would've just been using whatever was cheapest/most readily available to do the job. What's the issue otherwise? A cap is a cap is a cap .

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You removed your pots just to look at them??

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Wrong capacitor , give me the guitar!

That said , it's probably original, there's no set aesthetic for caps of different eras that I know of. Gibson would've just been using whatever was cheapest/most readily available to do the job. What's the issue otherwise? A cap is a cap is a cap .

– Toxophilite

True, a cap is a cap and I couldn't agree more but I just want to know if it's from 1949 and original to the guitar, that's all. Why? Just curiousity I guess.

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You removed your pots just to look at them??

– Billy Zoom

Haha, no, I did not actually remove the pots, I just took them out a bit through the pickup holes to see the date codes and the cap...I didn't unsolder anything. It looks in the pic as if the pot is all out/unsoldered but that was not the case.


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