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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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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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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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

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12 or more $4.77
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Product 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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CTS POTS

By robpal from Oklahoma City
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 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.

Insist on the best!!

By Ryan Guitar Repair from O'Fallon, MO.
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, January 13, 2014


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

CTS Control Pots

By Martin from Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, January 10, 2014


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

CTS brass 500K-ohm pots

By Ulli from Germany
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, January 06, 2014


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

Excellent pots

By Vladimir L from Ukraine, Vinnitsa
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, January 05, 2014


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

Great Stuff

By 12Rant from NWLSKRD On Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, December 15, 2013


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

Nothing comes close to these

By Shahid Mehkri from Bangalore, India
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, November 27, 2013


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!

Smooth and Even Turning Pots

By Archtop Bill from Asheville NC
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, November 16, 2013


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

need more

By chuck elkins from san diego, california
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, November 13, 2013


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.

You Want The Best?

By got2rawk from Jacksonville, FL
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, November 06, 2013


You got the best! If you actually need to get something out of your volume and or tone knobs on your guitar than these pots are what you need! Many years ago I figured out that the replacement pots Gibson sells as "Historic" are actually somewhat useful. You can get 3 or 4 distinct output levels out of them. I though that's an improvement so those pots are what I have used for years. Then, I started reading about these CTS pots from STEW MAC when I joined some forums online in the last year. It began to really grab my attention as I started noticing them mentioned in several threads. Finally, I bought a new guitar a little over a month ago and decided these were the pots that I would put in my new guitar. Wow!! I noticed the difference immediately! The pots started giving an audible signal at one and kept rolling up 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10! It felt so great to have a pot performing like its supposed to that I got back on StewMac's site and ordered new pots for all my live guitars right away! This is a worthwhile investment in your guitars! Just do it! Buy them and you won't be disappointed!

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