CTS Control Pots

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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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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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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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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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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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CTS Control Pots

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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I bought 4 new CTS pots to replace the ones in my LP. My original pots were over 50 years old and built like little tanks. The new CTS pots were not built quite as stoutly as the pots they replaced but made up for that in response.

2.0

wafer is too big for standard routes

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Have to file the oversized wafer so the pots fit in a tele cavity. Same 50's cavity I've used time and time again. The top wafer of these pots is rather oversized and hangs over the can. So you have to file the excess. Weird. I havent had this problem with CTS before. Also these have nothing to say what value they are.

No 250k stamp for instance. Pots worked fine but the 10% accuracy wasnt there. One of my 250k pots read 220 and the other 240. My 500k pots were 440 and 496. So half the order was on spec. Still cant figure out why guitar pots need filing to go into routes used since the 50's.

4.0

Nice idea

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Super. But it lacks a 1 Meg-ohm for some G&L for example... :)
Best !

5.0

Fantastic

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Not much to add to the word. CTS is simply the best. Why even bother with anything else?

5.0

Rare Find

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I've been looking for a linear pot with the resistance values of my "Telly" for some time.I've looked at electronic books and shops, only to be disappointed.This is the only supply house I know of that has such a variety, as to give me the exact part that I need for just about any electric string instrument I have. Thanks!

5.0

CTS Pots

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I am glad Stewmac started carrying these. Because of their quality, these pots are what I typically install in all of the guitars I build.
Thanks Stewmac! It makes ordering some things from one place much easier.

5.0

CTS Pots

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These are the best . its all i buy ,and about time.they last forever. why settle for the cheap ones. jack sicklerville,NJ

5.0

Quality Counts !

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I am always looking for ways to improve the guitars & basses I build .I was pleased to find CTS pots for the Airline I built recently . I was pleased to find that gold 3-way p/up switches are now available . Please note the original Valco P/ups . The smooth shaft CTS pots worked very well with the Daka-Ware knobs , Thanks ! Bill Fraser

4.0

Good except case back attachment

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These posts look and feel very nice.
I really like the brass shaft.
However, I learned you MUST hold the back when installing tight new knobs.
The case back pops right off!
Had to re-crimp the tabs and everything worked out.
Will still buy again, but just be careful!

5.0

250k cts pots

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i was working on a project bass and i had some fender cts pots but one was bad the other was defective.i did'nt get mad i just trashed the [pos f-pots] and order some cts pot from stuwart mac best move they worked very well so for now on if i order any guitar parts or more pots this is the one stop you should make.thank you

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