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CTS Control Pots

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CTS pots have long been the first choice in American guitars. CTS pots from StewMac have even more to like: closer tolerances and longer life!

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CTS Control Pots
  Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
0115 Split shaft, 250K-ohm (CTS #450S 3484-1133) Yes
6 or more $5.44  
12 or more $4.97  

0116 Split shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3485-1133) Yes
6 or more $5.44  
12 or more $4.97  

0117 Long split shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3486-1133) Yes
6 or more $7.27  
12 or more $6.69  

0115-S Solid shaft, 250K-ohm (CTS #450S 3487-1133) Yes
6 or more $5.27  
12 or more $4.78  

0116-S Solid shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3488-1133) Yes
6 or more $5.27  
12 or more $4.78  

Quantity prices apply to multiples of the same item number Selected currency  


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We've specified these CTS pots to feature a longer-life brass shaft and tighter ±10% resistance tolerance compared to CTS products offered by most other suppliers.

CTS precision audio taper gives you smoother and more accurate response than you'll get with economy pots. Crank your guitar up to 10 and the volume swells all the way—no abrupt flattening to choke your playing style.

Available with split shaft for fine-knurled (24-spline) knob, or with smooth shaft to fit a set-screw knob. A long-shaft 500K-ohm version fits Les Paul style carved-top solidbodies.

Each CTS pot includes a flat washer, lock washer, and two hex mounting nuts for custom height adjustment on a pickguard or control plate.

Split shaft, fine knurling

0.235" (5.95mm)
3/8" (9.52mm)
Solid shaft

1/4" (6.35mm)
3/8" (9.52mm)
Thread 3/8" x 32
Thread height 3/8" (9.52mm)
Thread height, long shaft 3/4" (19.05mm)
Required mounting hole diameter    3/8" (9.52mm)

Which pot value should you choose?
500K pots are standard controls for humbuckers, and 250Ks are usually used for single-coil pickups. A 250K gives a slightly warmer tone than a 500K, and bleeds off (attenuates) some of the high frequencies to ground.

Replacement Mounting Nuts and Lock Washers are also available.

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CTS Control Pots
CTS Control Pots
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5 2-08-2014
Smooth and Clean

Love these CTS Pots. Nice install, smooth and clean sounding.

toneman662  Sonora, Ca. Read my reviews (5)
3 2-05-2014

I ordered 4 CTS 500K pots for an Epiphone Les Paul upgrade project. None of the pots metered above 479K and one of them metered at 436k.Also none of them had matching lot #'s or date codes. Had to go to a different provider and bought CTS 550k. Paid a little more but then got more consistency.

robpal  Oklahoma City
5 2-05-2014
CTS split shaft 250K Pot

I bought these to replace the ones on my american standard tele. These are great pots. Very smooth and excellent taper. Very sturdy--would recommend.

Jester  Oklahoma
5 1-13-2014
Insist on the best!!

CTS pots have been the choice of pro players and repair guys forever simply put.... they are the best. Love these!

Ryan Guitar Repair  O'Fallon, MO. Read my reviews (2)
5 1-10-2014
CTS Control Pots

Of all the pots that are on the market, these are what I consider the best quality, durability and sound quality

Martín  Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina Read my reviews (78)
5 1-06-2014
CTS brass 500K-ohm pots

I got what I had expected. These pots are a significant upgrade for my Les Paul.

Ulli  Germany
5 1-05-2014
Excellent pots

For two years unmercifully twist CTS volume controls on my guitar. Until now, no a wheeze is heard from them.

Vladimir L  Ukraine, Vinnitsa Read my reviews (2)
5 1-01-2014
Worth the extra $

500k pots installed in a EB Musicman Albert Lee, along with an Orange Drop cap and new humbucking pickups. Excellent, noiseless pots, easy installation...I find that the shafts turn well, neither too loose nor too tight.

Jeff D  New Jersey, USA Read my reviews (2)
5 12-15-2013
Great Stuff

Rewired a new Epiphone Dot ES-335 with the 500k (item #0116) and the 0.022 uF orange drop caps, with a 50's style wiring and what an improvement. Definitely worth the time and the 30 bucks for parts

12Rant  NWLSKRD On Canada Read my reviews (2)
3 12-14-2013
Good quality, marred by lack of useability.

I was able to use the 1Meg pot for an ibanez sr305, which claims it needs a 3/8" hole, and it worked perfectly fine. However, there were some unexpected quirks and string noise that became more audible from using the 1meg and wanted to buy a 500k of higher quality than alpha. The CTS was too big for the hole. When it claims 3/8", it really means it. The hole measures between 5/16" and 3/8", and the alpha 1meg pot fits fine while the CTS 500k doesn't.

Mowface  CA Read my reviews (3)
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