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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.


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.

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5.0

You cannot do better than CTS

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The Cadillac of POT's

5.0

Fantastic product!!

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Very smooth pots!! I'll be buying them for all of my guitar projects from now on!!

5.0

CTS Control Pots

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Get the 250K short split knurled shaft for a Strat, solid shaft for a Tele. The best! I frequently order these to upgrade my imported Sq***e guitars and it is well worth it.

5.0

up grade

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Changed out the pots, pup's(Gibsons) and caps (Orange Drops) in a 2005 Epi Sheridan. Well worth the effort, tightened up the overall tone and made a good guitar better. It's nice to have tone pots that actually do something!

1.0

Dissapointed in these pots

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I had to place an order with SM and decided to order their CTS branded long shaft pots, just to try. Well none of them were even remotely within spec. One was reading 430 and another was reading 427. The other thing is that the extra long brass sleeve is actually too long for some knobs. Stew Mac has always been great, and it is not their fault, but from now on I'll stick with another supplier for CTS pots.

5.0

Smooth and Clean

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Love these CTS Pots. Nice install, smooth and clean sounding.

3.0

CTS POTS

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I ordered 4 CTS 500K pots for an Epiphone Les Paul upgrade project. None of the pots metered above 479K and one of them metered at 436k.Also none of them had matching lot #'s or date codes. Had to go to a different provider and bought CTS 550k. Paid a little more but then got more consistency.

5.0

Insist on the best!!

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CTS pots have been the choice of pro players and repair guys forever simply put.... they are the best. Love these!

5.0

CTS Control Pots

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Of all the pots that are on the market, these are what I consider the best quality, durability and sound quality

5.0

CTS brass 500K-ohm pots

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I got what I had expected. These pots are a significant upgrade for my Les Paul.

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