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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6 or more $5.41
12 or more $4.94
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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6 or more $5.41
12 or more $4.94
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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6 or more $7.23
12 or more $6.60
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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6 or more $5.23
12 or more $4.77
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!


6 or more $5.23
12 or more $4.77
Quantity Discount Prices apply when you buy multiples of the same item number.
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Quantity: 20


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

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

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Everyone knows CTS  = Quality

By Rayzor from Lenawee county Michigan
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, November 18, 2011

It's nice to FINALLY be able to order the pots you would end up buying somewhere else here at Stew-Mac with the rest of your order. This will end up saving me $20 or more per year in shipping.

Quality pot / decent price

By James Finnerty from ROCKville, MD
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, November 17, 2011

There are some out there with more vintage tapers, but for $6 these make a great tone pot!

Sound great, somewhat weak casing.

By Steve Henningsgard from Minneapolis, MN
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, November 14, 2011

These pots sound great! Very smooth taper (I can actually use my volume knob now), and like any pots, dead-simple to install. The one issue I came across was the somewhat weak attachment between the casing and the board. When I pushed the somewhat snug-fitting knobs onto the installed pots, the shaft pushed the casing off of the board, requiring me to re-bend the tabs and hold the pots from the bottom to properly attach the knobs. Once I figured this out, all was well, and there was no real permanent damage to the unit. Would buy again, as long as I remember this particular issue and the work-around for it.

Good riddins old Stewmac Pots!

By TommyGuitars from Osaka, Japan
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, November 06, 2011

I only made the mistake of ordering volume/tone pots at StewMac once when they had their old crap, which when used with their very own knob removing device, would pull the shaft right out the pot every time. Finally, they listened to their customers did something about this.

Values should be clearly stamped on rear

By Em from NZ
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Great pots & very happy that StewMac now stocks them to such a high standard too, great brass shafts.

But not being able to clearly read their value without deciphering the StewMac production code stamped is a big downside.

Down the years when people come back to work on these pots they won't know what their values were without having to test each one.

Otherwise these are amongst the best CTS available.

Value not stamped on pot.

By Guinn Guitars from Greer SC
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, October 28, 2011

I've always ordered my CTS pots from another source and I'm glad that Stewmac is now offering them,but, why is the value of the pot not stamped on the back of what you supply? My first order for cts pots from Stewmac came in today and I had to get out the multitester to check the ohm value of each one. It would be a plus to have them stamped with the proper ohm value so they can be easily identified.

It's about time!

By Middleton Guitars from Southern California
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Finally, quality pots available here!

They are a little stiff to turn, but I will take that over the loose Alpha Pots any day!

Too Stiff for Volume control

By iamrandy from Plano, Tx USA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, October 14, 2011

Can't spin the knob with my little finger - too stiff. Vintage style pots work better for me. The kind that you can see the shaft in the back side of the pot. What good is all this quality of you can't turn the thing with your little finger!

Great Pots

By Tracy G from Indianapolis,IN
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, October 01, 2011

I have used the CTS 20% pots for nearly 25 years and always loved them. Once I tried the 10% pots there was no turning back, great CTS Quality and tighter spec tolerances are worth every penny.

The Best

By Blackplates from Aberdeen Md.
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, September 29, 2011

There are other Pots which are probably tighter, finer etc., but they will cost from 20-40 dollars each and in a guitar or a tube amp whatever benefit they provide is not noticeable. In my Experience you cant do better than these solid brass shaft CTS pots.

When I started building guitars, and later on tube amps I tried to save money by cheaping on switches, pots, tube sockets, etc., but cheap pots and switches are a headache and more than not worth the effort, they will undermine all of your hard work. If your used to buying cheap asian pots buy some of these, before you even install them you'll be very impressed with the quality.

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