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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12 or more $4.94
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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

6 or more $7.23
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

6 or more $5.23
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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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!

Second to NONE!|

By GPosada from Colombia
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Best you'll get on the market... even most high end models have cheap ones. Grab a set to change and and some keep save for later... new guitars/basses.

Great performers

By Stefcat from Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, October 18, 2013


My first choice for replacements on all my Gibson Explorers, and various Japanese guitars. Well constructed and does the trick very well.

+++++++++++++++++++++++

By zudaka from Argentina
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, October 16, 2013


++++++++++++++++++++ que puedo decir, son buenos. ++

Great pots

By RockinRonnie from Ontario
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, October 04, 2013


Smooth and solid. Easily worth the few extra bucks over the alpha pots.

Great for Import Strats!

By Rui Monte Da Silva from Dubai
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, October 03, 2013


I tried fitting another pot in my import Strat. Somehow they were too tight to fit in the cavity area. Then i ordered these CTS pots from Stewmac. Perfeito!!. Fits the Import Strats with ease. The pots are smooth and clear in operation.

Heavey dutie pot!

By CTS Control Pots from Bellevue, NE
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, September 12, 2013


These pots are the most solidly built I have yet used. Smooth operation and great volume control all the way to the top. Buyer be informed!!! If you intend to use these pots as a replacement for another, measure the length of the shaft and diameter of the shaft as well. To a more experienced luthier this may go without saying but I had to widen the whole in an import guitar to accommodate the CTS pot. Not a big deal. However, I would not have done that to a Gibson Les Paul for instance. No way!!!

Amazing Quality

By Darryl Stevens from NB, Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, September 11, 2013


These pots are solid, sensitive and work flawlessly. Shipping time is always amazing. Great service from SM and will always keep me coming back.

Great Pot

By zapkat from Sierra Vista, AZ
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, August 31, 2013


The CTS Control Pots work great, if installed correctly. I have read some negative reviews, that may be due to poor soldering technique, or bad wiring. I have had no issues with the pots from Stew Mac.

Top Pots

By Loxton from SA, Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 28, 2013


High quality. Just what i needed. Smooth clean and clear.

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