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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

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The finest control pots you can buy. Built mil-spec and made to last. Required for better builds, replacements on older instrument and a real upgrade for budget instruments.

5.0

Nice upgrade

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Excellent replacement pots in my 1996 Tele. Smooth and accurate. Guitar sounds great now especially since I discovered the previous owner had wired it incorrectly. The 500Ks with .022 cap are perfect with noiseless pickup sets.

5.0

Exactly what I expected.

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These pots are great. I upgraded a Mexican Strat. Pots work smooth, sound great.

5.0

Great quality

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Very smooth operation. I noticed a little tone improvement; not much, but there's definitely a difference.

5.0

The only pot to use

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Smooth controls, tight soldering terminals and solid construction make these the only pots to ever use on a good guitar. Alphas are a little flimsy. These will forever be in my guitars...period

3.0

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Good smooth control response, but be careful pushing on a control knob, the "ears" that hold the pot together bend very easily.

5.0

cts pots

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turn smoothly, just as i expected, no problems

5.0

Work as promised

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I was doing a rebuild on a Squire Tele and I changed out the pots, wires, etc. Everything works great. The only thing I found was that I had to drill a larger hole in the cover plate to fit the shaft.

4.0

slugish to do volume swells with.

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These are okay and seem to function quietly. I found them to be rather slugish to do volume swells.

5.0

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smooth and clean! the only pot i'll use.

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