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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 5-19-2012
Best pots for Fender

Why use anything else? Not tapered back like the old ones but still the best

Big Rand  Traverse City MI Read my reviews (16)
5 5-17-2012
solid reliability

Simply the best readily available pots out there. These also have the closest tolerance generally available (+/- 10%). Stew Mac's customer service is exceptional. You can find nearly everything they sell for less a lot of places but the personalized service sets them apart.

Eddie64  Morgantown WV Read my reviews (2)
5 5-11-2012
The industry standard

Never had a problem with a single one of these. Occasionally they can feel a little "gritty" but that's soon fixed.

Jumble Jumble  London UK Read my reviews (4)
5 5-10-2012
Way better than factory

I installed a new volume pot in a vintage vibe Squier Strat. It's got a much more solid feel, better volume taper, and to my ear gives the guitar a Strattier tone. Excellent!

STEVE O. ( RADARS COUSIN)  OTTUMWA IA Read my reviews (2)
4 4-25-2012

Smooth, but rather stiff. The quality is great.

d'Khan Blue  Tacoma, WA Read my reviews (3)
5 4-21-2012

CTS pots used as replacements in a Jerry Jones baritone guitar. No more noise! Look forward to years of quiet with CTS.

mgriffin  Franklin, TN
5 4-12-2012
The best for the Harlequaster!

I wouldn't use anything else. I used the longer shaft (Les Paul type) for this build as it has a thicker top. 500k to suit the Gibson mini-bucker, Fender Hot Alnico at bridge sounds great too.

Kenny Fox  Perth, Australia Read my reviews (11)
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5 4-12-2012
Excellent pots!!

I have just replace my stock Ibanez Prestige pots with the CTS pots. I didn't expect much but man, what a change!! Needless to say I have now much more control over the volume but also my sound got some extra clarity. Excellent product! Definitely recommended!

Mich  Dublin, Ireland Read my reviews (2)
5 4-04-2012
Great stuff.

These are really good pots. I hope that StewMac uses these in future kits as they are so much better than Alphas!

Dingobass  Perth, Australia Read my reviews (76)
4 4-04-2012
The Best!

These are terrific pots. Pricey, but well worth it.

Suhr3825  CA Read my reviews (44)
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