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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 3-29-2012
Making a Telecaster Standard Control Plate

I've this upgrade project, a Telecaster Standard Control Plate, no more chinese vol & tone pots, no more chinese swichtes for pickups, I've get the tone with this simply upgrade and a PIO cap

color tone polishing are great!  Sevilla, Spain Read my reviews (6)
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4 3-29-2012
Very stiff

Solid control pots, but I found the action very stiff. Even with switchcleaner they didn't loosen up a lot. If you are into rapid volume swells look elsewhere

TomL  Sydney,Australia Read my reviews (16)
4 3-14-2012
Precise but somewhat stiff

These are quality pots, visually look very nice and electrically precise. However I did notice that they were somewhat stiff, I fixed this somewhat by using some electrical lube.

Muhammad  New Zealand Read my reviews (11)
5 3-08-2012
Hot Pots

They are the best. They come in guitar specific shaft lengths and shaft format, so do your homework, they work smoothly, they last. There really is no reason you don't upgrade all your guitars. Are they full of guitar tone mojo? No, they just do their job really well. Tones in the fingers.

resoamp  Beechworth Australia Read my reviews (32)
5 3-08-2012

Brand new, well made, no more noises when playing! And the price isn't bad! 5/5

Joelborghi  Brazil Read my reviews (6)
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4 3-06-2012

they really work fine, but broke 2 by trying to fold a leg to weld it on the case, nedded a wire counterly to standard ones that can easily fold.

Steeve Rock  Lévis, Québec, Canada Read my reviews (9)
5 2-29-2012

I am glad StewMac carries these. The Alpha pots are ok but these are superior for very little more money. I have used them in both Fender and Gibson projects.

M.J. Naylor  Bemidji, MN Read my reviews (3)
4 2-29-2012
Good, but not perfect

The quality of these is great. The threaded shafts on them are larger than standard guitars are drilled though so drilling may be required. The knurling is also different and may make your knobs no longer fit. I drilled mine out a bit. So if you want a straight drop in replacement, you might want Alpha brand?

Dude Guyman  Twin Lake, MI. Read my reviews (3)
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5 2-26-2012
250 k cts pots best move ever

when i was puting together my warmoth project bass i fist used some fender cts pots and boy did i get burnt thay were poor made and i was very unhappy with them so i saw stuart had the new cts pots and i got two of them and i have bought pots in the past from these guys and i've always been very pleased with the porduct so thank you again stuart mac for great product you offer to the world thank you.

gutone  canton,ms usa Read my reviews (6)
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3 2-23-2012
Good Pots - bad taper

I bought the 0117 - 500K/long shaft. These went into a 79 Tokai LS-50 with WCR pickups and aerovox .022 caps. Quality is what you would expect from CTS. I would prefer a much more gradual taper - these seem almost linear compared to old school pots. I would not buy these again.

Hepdog  Marietta, GA
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