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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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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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

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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

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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
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$5.75

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12 or more $4.77
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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!

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.


Ratings & Reviews

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solid reliability

By Eddie64 from Morgantown WV
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 17, 2012


Simply the best readily available pots out there. These also have the closest tolerance generally available (+/- 10%). Stew Mac's customer service is exceptional. You can find nearly everything they sell for less a lot of places but the personalized service sets them apart.

The industry standard

By Jumble Jumble from London UK
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, May 11, 2012


Never had a problem with a single one of these. Occasionally they can feel a little "gritty" but that's soon fixed.

Impressive-

By d'Khan Blue from Tacoma, WA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Smooth, but rather stiff. The quality is great.

Perfect!

By mgriffin from Franklin, TN
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, April 21, 2012


CTS pots used as replacements in a Jerry Jones baritone guitar. No more noise! Look forward to years of quiet with CTS.

The best for the Harlequaster!

By Kenny Fox from Perth, Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, April 12, 2012


I wouldn't use anything else. I used the longer shaft (Les Paul type) for this build as it has a thicker top. 500k to suit the Gibson mini-bucker, Fender Hot Alnico at bridge sounds great too.

Excellent pots!!

By Mich from Dublin, Ireland
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, April 12, 2012


I have just replace my stock Ibanez Prestige pots with the CTS pots. I didn't expect much but man, what a change!! Needless to say I have now much more control over the volume but also my sound got some extra clarity. Excellent product! Definitely recommended!

Great stuff.

By Dingobass from Perth, Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 04, 2012


These are really good pots. I hope that StewMac uses these in future kits as they are so much better than Alphas!

The Best!

By Suhr3825 from CA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 04, 2012


These are terrific pots. Pricey, but well worth it.

Making a Telecaster Standard Control Plate

By color tone polishing are great! from Sevilla, Spain
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, March 29, 2012


I've this upgrade project, a Telecaster Standard Control Plate, no more chinese vol & tone pots, no more chinese swichtes for pickups, I've get the tone with this simply upgrade and a PIO cap

Very stiff

By TomL from Sydney,Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, March 29, 2012


Solid control pots, but I found the action very stiff. Even with switchcleaner they didn't loosen up a lot. If you are into rapid volume swells look elsewhere

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