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 Split shaft, 250K-ohm (CTS #450S 3484-1133)

Split shaft, 250K-ohm (CTS #450S 3484-1133)

Item # 0115
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$5.95

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12 or more $4.94
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CTS Control Pots Split shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3485-1133)

Split shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3485-1133)

Item # 0116
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$5.95

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CTS Control Pots Long split shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3486-1133)

Long split shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3486-1133)

Item # 0117
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$7.95

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12 or more $6.60
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CTS Control Pots Solid shaft, 250K-ohm (CTS #450S 3487-1133)

Solid shaft, 250K-ohm (CTS #450S 3487-1133)

Item # 0115-S
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$5.75

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12 or more $4.77
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CTS Control Pots Solid shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3488-1133)

Solid shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3488-1133)

Item # 0116-S
In stock, ready to ship!

$5.75

6 or more $5.23
12 or more $4.77
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Details

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!

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
Diameter
Height

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

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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5.0

Smooth and Clean

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

3.0

CTS POTS

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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.

5.0

Insist on the best!!

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

5.0

CTS Control Pots

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

5.0

CTS brass 500K-ohm pots

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

5.0

Excellent pots

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

5.0

Great Stuff

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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

5.0

Nothing comes close to these

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These pots are pure gold: Genuine audio taper, fortress-like construction and zero crackle. And they feel solid and good when turned. No one serious about tone control can turn these down. Way to go, Stewmac!

5.0

Smooth and Even Turning Pots

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Huge improvement on the stock Alpha pots. I should have upgraded to these years ago.

4.0

need more

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it works but not from the get go; the start volume sound is abrupt when the amp is cranked...I need more full control...but it does work when the volume is being used after sound hits.

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