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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 1-30-2013
Nice upgrade

Excellent replacement pots in my 1996 Tele. Smooth and accurate. Guitar sounds great now especially since I discovered the previous owner had wired it incorrectly. The 500Ks with .022 cap are perfect with noiseless pickup sets.

Toaster Cord  USA Read my reviews (3)
5 1-27-2013
Exactly what I expected.

These pots are great. I upgraded a Mexican Strat. Pots work smooth, sound great.

Bob Gretsch  Dracut, MA Read my reviews (12)
5 1-25-2013
Great quality

Very smooth operation. I noticed a little tone improvement; not much, but there's definitely a difference.

Andrew Meyer  Oak Lawn, IL Read my reviews (4)
5 1-22-2013
The only pot to use

Smooth controls, tight soldering terminals and solid construction make these the only pots to ever use on a good guitar. Alphas are a little flimsy. These will forever be in my guitars...period

Ric  Lakewood Read my reviews (8)
3 1-21-2013
CTS control pots

Good smooth control response, but be careful pushing on a control knob, the "ears" that hold the pot together bend very easily.

Edmeister  Illinois
5 1-05-2013
Great pots

Great pots,they ran 498 to 500 very solid, good price! I would recommend

Johnny4570  Stone Mountain Read my reviews (6)
5 1-03-2013
cts pots

turn smoothly, just as i expected, no problems

cdb  Glenside, PA
5 12-26-2012
Work as promised

I was doing a rebuild on a Squire Tele and I changed out the pots, wires, etc. Everything works great. The only thing I found was that I had to drill a larger hole in the cover plate to fit the shaft.

J K Jones  Los Angeles, CA Read my reviews (6)
4 12-22-2012
slugish to do volume swells with.

These are okay and seem to function quietly. I found them to be rather slugish to do volume swells.

Bein55  Geneseo, IL Read my reviews (6)
5 12-19-2012
CTS Pots

smooth and clean! the only pot i'll use.

LDT  Southaven, MS Read my reviews (10)
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