Close

CTS Control Pots

4.5
  • 116 Reviews
  • Write a review
Buy more, save more!
CTS Control Pots Split shaft, 250K-ohm (CTS #450S 3484)

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

Item # 0115
In stock, ready to ship!

$5.95

6 or more $5.41
12 or more $4.94
+
CTS Control Pots Split shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3485)

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

Item # 0116
In stock, ready to ship!

$5.95

6 or more $5.41
12 or more $4.94
+
CTS Control Pots Long split shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3486)

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

Item # 0117
In stock, ready to ship!

$7.95

6 or more $7.23
12 or more $6.60
+
CTS Control Pots Solid shaft, 250K-ohm (CTS #450S 3487)

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

Item # 0115-S
In stock, ready to ship!

$5.75

6 or more $5.23
12 or more $4.77
+
CTS Control Pots Solid shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3488)

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

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

$5.75

6 or more $5.23
12 or more $4.77
+
 
Total:
Qty:
Scroll to Top

CTS Control Pots

About This Item

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.


Instructions

Product Instructions

Which control pot to choose

An explanation of the different control potentiometers (pots) and when they are typically used.

Customer Reviews

  • Excellent
  • Good
  • Average
  • Fair
  • Poor
Write a review
4.5
  • 4.59 average rating from 116 reviews
Sort by
Displaying 11 of 12
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
5.0

Quality Counts !

By
(Customer's Reviews)


I am always looking for ways to improve the guitars & basses I build .I was pleased to find CTS pots for the Airline I built recently . I was pleased to find that gold 3-way p/up switches are now available . Please note the original Valco P/ups . The smooth shaft CTS pots worked very well with the Daka-Ware knobs , Thanks ! Bill Fraser

4.0

Good except case back attachment

By
(Customer's Reviews)


These posts look and feel very nice.
I really like the brass shaft.
However, I learned you MUST hold the back when installing tight new knobs.
The case back pops right off!
Had to re-crimp the tabs and everything worked out.
Will still buy again, but just be careful!

5.0

250k cts pots

By
(Customer's Reviews)


i was working on a project bass and i had some fender cts pots but one was bad the other was defective.i did'nt get mad i just trashed the [pos f-pots] and order some cts pot from stuwart mac best move they worked very well so for now on if i order any guitar parts or more pots this is the one stop you should make.thank you

4.0

Finally

By
(Customer's Reviews)


Finally, one can get actual 1/4" tele knobs and CTS pots without paying through the nose. They don't look genuinly like a '52 Tele but still fine looking. Besides, you should see what others are asking for real 1/4" Tele knobs.

The CTS pots really are the best workhorse pots around. The Alphas and Mousers are good, but have more of a feel suited to stereo equipment rather than a musical instrument that is an extension of someones creative thoughts like the CTS. Also it wouldn't hurt if more knobs and pots in the world fit each other. Over the years I've inadvertantly purchased 6mm or press-on Tele knobs because of the lack of info on some websites, giving me a pile of 1/4" pots without knobs. Other times I've bought the wrong one from 2 or 3 places to replace a lost one on a Fender guitar, once again due to poorly written websites. No more, Thanks to Stew-Mac.

5.0

CTS POTS

By
(Customer's Reviews)


Price very good and pots are good.
The shipment was on time.

5.0

Everyone knows CTS  = Quality

By
(Customer's Reviews)


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.

4.0

Quality pot / decent price

By
(Customer's Reviews)


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

4.0

Sound great, somewhat weak casing.

By
(Customer's Reviews)


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.

5.0

Good riddins old Stewmac Pots!

By
(Customer's Reviews)


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.

5.0

Values should be clearly stamped on rear

By
(Customer's Reviews)


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.

Displaying 11 of 12
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12


StewMac PDF Catalog, page 54 See CTS Control Pots
on page 54 of our StewMac Catalog PDF

12MB File

View with Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0 or higher.
Download Adobe Acrobat free from Adobe.