Close
StewMAX EXCLUSIVE: $30 OFF FRETTING TOOL SET    Learn More »                          
                      SUMMER CLEARANCE    Shop Now »

CTS Control Pots

4.5
  • 141 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.


Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

Upgrading control pots: choosing the right pots and knobs

Lots of low-cost guitars play great, even though the manufacturers cut costs on hardware and electronics. Swapping out your control pots is an easy mod with big results. Erick Coleman shows you how to avoid troubleā€¦

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
  • 4.53 average rating from 141 reviews
Sort by
Displaying 2 of 15
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
5.0

Smooth operation, great control.

By
(Customer's Reviews)


I've used these in many instruments over the years; they're easy to install, offer great control, and last a long time.

5.0

Nothing but the best fit my builds

By
(Customer's Reviews)


Always use CTS pots. They are simply the best. Be sure to know how many points are on your knobs before trying to force them onto your pot shaft.

1.0

one more try

By
(Customer's Reviews)


these pots cannot take much heat in order to solder ground wire which is poor design considering they have to be soldered. the various shaft sizes are a pain as well. if these fail from heat then it is time for stew mac to dump the product.

2.0

get more than you need!

By
(Customer's Reviews)


3 out 10 have a short and bleed through. The good ones are good. If you need 3, you better order 4. Don't know if the pro pots are any better.

5.0

CTS Control Pots worked well

By
(Customer's Reviews)


CTS Control Pots worked well for me (as they have in the past). The shipments was quick as promised. They do make a difference in tone.

5.0

Nice quality - Good price

By
(Customer's Reviews)


We've used these pots in many of our rebuilds for a few years and been pretty happy. Brass shaft, audio taper CTS's are def nicer quality - sturdy with smooth roll-downs. Having been through a few, we find them to be consistent & reliable, which is important w/ rebuilds. Its one less thing to worry abt when wrestling a guitar together frm asstd. (sometimes quite expensive) parts.
StewMac stays on top of their inventory & ships quickly too. We appreciate this esp since buying supplies off the web can involve sketch sellers.

Thanks again ~

5.0

Not bad

By
(Customer's Reviews)


Two thumbs up

5.0

Cts pot

By
(Customer's Reviews)


The CTS pot arrived very timely and the support is the best. They even sent another pot along for free when I had some questions on my wiring.

4.0

CTS Pots

By
(Customer's Reviews)


They are very well made. Nice and smooth and a breeze to install. I'm outta practice soldering, but all work very well.

5.0

CTS to the rescue

By
(Customer's Reviews)


Ordered these CTS pots to rewire my 4001S Rick bass. It was work but I know it was done right with these high quality conponents. Thanks for making these parts available at such a reasonable price!

Displaying 2 of 15
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15


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

13MB File

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