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

12 or more $7.98
50 or more $6.46
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Alpha Control Pots 250K-ohm

250K-ohm

Item # 0128
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$2.73

12 or more $2.43
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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Just what the doctor ordered

By Billy Stephens from Fountain Valley, CA.
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, August 07, 2011


Needed another 500k mini pot and instead of ordering from Mouser, Allied, Newark or Antique as I do for most of my electronics, I decided to get it from Stewmac this time because I needed some other luthier stuff. The pot is exactly what I wanted and the price and quality are similar to the big electronics houses... great part.

No complaints

By Nolan Peach from Colorado
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, July 26, 2011


the 500k-ohm mini pots are basically all I've used so far and I haven't had any problems with them. In my opinion they do what they are supposed to do, and so far they seem to last.

500K Mini Pot

By Steve's Workshop from Roanoke, VA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, July 24, 2011


Purchased this to replace the factory linear taper on the master volume of my Fender Hot Rod Deville amp. Am very pleased with the results. Would have preferred a solid shaft, but this works great.

Great Service

By JYG from Cocoa Beach, FL
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, June 11, 2011


Once again , STEWMAC has come through with fast service. I needed these pots ASAP, as this guitar is my bread & butter. Thanks guys for your great service.

when you need it

By Old Hoss from Loudon, TN
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, June 09, 2011


Did you ever order a cheap Chinese guitar and find good wood but junk electronics? This is what you need to fix it.

Control pots

By Gene Mothershed from Beckville, Texas
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 25, 2011


I installed 3 new control pots on a Strat that was noisy. Pots worked flawlessly. No more noise!

perfect pots

By Roberto Rivera from El Salvador
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 11, 2011


they did a great job on my Jackson DKMG, now my guitar is flawless!!!

Pots

By hagar from US
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, May 01, 2011


I have used these pots on many guitars and they work great.

Standard Pots

By MED from Delray, FL
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, April 28, 2011


We use them all the time and do the job as designed. They should not be compared to CTS.

Washburn bass repair

By Bonneur from South Bend, IN
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, April 09, 2011


Easy swap on noisy tone and volume pots.

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