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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50 or more $5.00
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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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Excellent

By Hugo from Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, March 02, 2012


Work well, good price.

good pots!

By martino from uruguay
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, February 03, 2012


good pots for this price, thanks for all stew mac!

okay if you know how to solder

By titus from baltimore
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, January 20, 2012


the alpha pots are not very forgiveing. they will burn up if you get it to hot or resolder it multiple times. if you are new to soldering spend the extra bucks and get the cts pots. if not you cant beat the price.

Waist of Money

By Rockymo from Little Rock, Ar
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, December 16, 2011


I bought some of these pots and they are a Big Waste Of Money. The volume pots don't work and after hooking-up to a guitar, they sound as though they are full of sand. It would cost me more to send them back than they're worth. (driving 12 miles into town to the post office and shipping)I shouldn't even rate them a star because they are junk. I would not waste money on these. Save yourself a lot of time and aggravation and steer clear of these so called pots.

went into this fun project

By Eastgrove pickups from St. Louis, Mo
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, November 30, 2011


this was a tradein at my brothers guitar store, rebuilt it, gave it a crazy paint job, put in my soap bar pups I made from StewMac kits, and used these pots...for a cheap little guitar, the sound is awesome because I used good electronics and my manually hand wound pups..the pots are in that equation of good sound..with everyone that buys my pups, I encourage they make sure they have high quality pots

New bass, new control.

By Dalmar Soares from SE, Brazil
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, November 24, 2011


Great quality, I used in my new bass and I am very satisfied.

Good pot for the buck

By Claudio Kezen from Brazil
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, November 10, 2011


It does the job.

Better sounding pots...

By Chalo from Costa Rica
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, November 04, 2011


Installed these as replacement for the stock pots that came with a chinese made palmer 6 string bass. Now the bass is gig worthy, 'cos the sound is clearer and controls are precise. I still have to address a noise problem that happens when turning down the tone control.

BIG STUFF.

By jiROck Custom from Philippines
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, November 04, 2011


too BIG in what I expected.
but still usable for wide space.

Peace!

see the difference--------------->

They get the job done.

By carlton wilkinson from victoria, tx
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Ive used these in several guitars without any problems. They do sound like they could use some internal lubrication though, but they turn easily and sound fine.

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