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

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

Item # 0115
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CTS Control Pots Split shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3485)

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

Item # 0116
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CTS Control Pots Long split shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3486)

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

Item # 0117
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CTS Control Pots Solid shaft, 250K-ohm (CTS #450S 3487)

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

Item # 0115-S
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CTS Control Pots Solid shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3488)

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

Item # 0116-S
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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.


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Trade Secrets!

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Instructions

Product Instructions

Which control pot to choose

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

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4.0

Good, but not perfect

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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?

5.0

250 k cts pots best move ever

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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.

3.0

Good Pots - bad taper

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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.

5.0

CTS Pots

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Great pots! not a whole lot can be said. They work great!

5.0

fantastici

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mega super fantasmagorici

4.0

CTS Pots

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I bought 4 new CTS pots to replace the ones in my LP. My original pots were over 50 years old and built like little tanks. The new CTS pots were not built quite as stoutly as the pots they replaced but made up for that in response.

2.0

wafer is too big for standard routes

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Have to file the oversized wafer so the pots fit in a tele cavity. Same 50's cavity I've used time and time again. The top wafer of these pots is rather oversized and hangs over the can. So you have to file the excess. Weird. I havent had this problem with CTS before. Also these have nothing to say what value they are.

No 250k stamp for instance. Pots worked fine but the 10% accuracy wasnt there. One of my 250k pots read 220 and the other 240. My 500k pots were 440 and 496. So half the order was on spec. Still cant figure out why guitar pots need filing to go into routes used since the 50's.

4.0

Nice idea

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Super. But it lacks a 1 Meg-ohm for some G&L for example... :)
Best !

5.0

Fantastic

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Not much to add to the word. CTS is simply the best. Why even bother with anything else?

5.0

Rare Find

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I've been looking for a linear pot with the resistance values of my "Telly" for some time.I've looked at electronic books and shops, only to be disappointed.This is the only supply house I know of that has such a variety, as to give me the exact part that I need for just about any electric string instrument I have. Thanks!

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