Alpha Control Pots

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Alpha potentiometers are among the world's most widely used guitar tone and volume controls.

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Alpha Control Pots 25K-ohm

25K-ohm

Item # 3755
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$8.97

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50 or more $6.46
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Alpha Control Pots 250K-ohm

250K-ohm

Item # 0128
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$2.73

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50 or more $1.97
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Alpha Control Pots 500K-ohm

500K-ohm

Item # 0130
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$2.73

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50 or more $1.97
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Alpha Control Pots 500K-ohm long shaft

500K-ohm long shaft

Item # 3482
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$6.95

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Alpha Control Pots 1 meg-ohm

1 meg-ohm

Item # 3481
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$4.69

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50 or more $3.38
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Great price!
Alpha potentiometers are among the world's most widely used guitar tone and volume controls.

These are the familiar pots we've supplied for years in 25K, 250K, 500K, and 1 meg-ohm versions, plus a long-shaft 500K version for Les Paul style carved-top solidbodies. Great prices, too—luthiers and repair shops can save big on orders of 50 or more.

Each pot has an aluminum split shaft that fits a coarse-knurled (18-spline) knob.

Alpha pots are audio taper with standard ±20% resistance tolerance. Each pot includes a flat washer, lock washer, and two hex mounting nuts for custom height adjustment on a pickguard or control plate.

#3755 25K-ohm
For controlling the volume or tone of active pickups, or for use after the preamp of a piezo-saddle transducer bridge.

Shaft diameter 6mm split shaft, coarse knurling
Thread   M8 x 0.75
Threaded portion height   3/8" (9.52mm)
Required mounting hole diameter   5/16" (7.94mm)


#0128 250K-ohm & #0130 500K-ohm
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. A 1-meg pot attenuates even less than a 500K—try one if you want to hear your guitar "wide open."
Shaft diameter 6mm split shaft, coarse knurling
Thread M8 x 0.75
Threaded portion height 3/8" (9.52mm)
Required mounting hole diameter    5/16" (7.94mm)


#3482 500K-ohm, long shaft pot
For Les Paul and similar solidbody guitars.
Shaft diameter 6mm split shaft, coarse knurling
Thread   3/8" x 32
Threaded portion height   3/4" (19.05mm)
Required mounting hole diameter   3/8" (9.52mm)


#3481 1 Meg-ohm
Get the most out of your guitar with a 1 Meg-ohm pot. All pots bleed a certain amount of the signal to ground, this "attenuation" can be used to warm the sound of your guitar's pickups, but you can also run your guitar "wide open" with these 1 Meg-ohm pots!
Shaft diameter 6mm split shaft, coarse knurling
Thread   3/8" x 32
Threaded portion height   3/8" (9.52mm)
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 some of the high frequencies to ground. A 1-meg pot bleeds off even less than a 500K—try one if you want to hear your guitar "wide open."

1-meg pots are also ideal for piezo pickups, as the ultra high impedance piezo element is more adversely effected by conventional, lower-value pots than magnetic pickups.

25K pots are for controlling the volume or tone of active pickups, or for use after the preamp of a piezo-saddle transducer bridge.

Replacement Mounting Nuts and Lock Washers are also available.


Product Instructions

Which control pot to choose

An explanation of the different control potentiometers (pots) and when they are typically used.

Ratings & Reviews

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Cheap yet well enough

By nienturi from Turkiye
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, October 02, 2013


Not the best on market but they are absolutely not the worst. They are cheap yet work well.

The Best!

By Sebastian L+ñngerer from Heidelberg, Germany
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, September 16, 2013


I¦m totally addicted to these very special and precise Alpha Potentiometers. First of all: they¦re of a very reliable quality and second: they can be soldered without scraping or any problems at all, at a miraculous price. So if you need a quick, problemsless, cheap installation, you came to the right decision with these Stew Mac Alpha Pots! I used them for all of my Project and/or Stage Guitars!

Alpha Control Pots

By byerek from Spain
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, September 05, 2013


Good quality for a cheap price.

They do the job

By Steve in Melbourne from Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 21, 2013


I've used LOTS of the Alpha pots in my builds. They aren't CTS ... but they ARE very serviceable and I haven't had a crackly one yet.

Buy These Pots

By Bruce Macie from Niagara Falls,n.y.
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, August 10, 2013


I like these pots! This is the first time I've used this Brand, and I am Impressed, I used 4-500K,on my SG, It has a Gibson neck pup/ Dimarzio bridge pup. I have tried the others and was not happy at all. I decided to go with these, After seeing them used as stock in an EPI Explorer. These are my first choice any future projects.

Alpha?

By Steve Pavlidis from Covington, Ga.
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Sorry, these are garbage...go with CTS.

Pots

By n17r0uS from Almaty, KZ
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, April 01, 2013


Good, durable pots! Recommended!

Great For My Rebuild

By roofdrake
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, March 24, 2013


Best so far, didn't have pop or crackling sound you have with others. Will buy again.

Very pleased

By Mr. Min from Pennsylvania
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, February 10, 2013


Used in my first lapsteel build, worked great! Would buy again

Excellent Quality

By Adrian Stuckey from Gold Coast Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, January 27, 2013


Cant get better

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