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

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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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Product Details

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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500k mini pot

By Michael McIntosh from West Salem, OR
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, November 21, 2010


Good quality pot, but hard to solder on the case for the ground wires. Tried several Weller pro soldering station, & different types of solder.

scratchy

By Lance from Ohio
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, November 19, 2010


These pots are good the only drawback is they need some lubricant. You can't hear it while your playing but whenever i turn them I kinda cringe. I can feel it more than anything. Overall good pot though

Works like a charm

By Radu from Romania
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, November 18, 2010


Haven't found a better pot

1 meg pot

By rockbass from Saginaw, MI
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, November 07, 2010


My soldering skills have diminished. did I get these pots too hot? I doubt both of them. Not enough control, from 10 to 9 volume drops drastically. I expected a better controlling pot. You would think coming from a guitar part place they would have worked better. Plan on changing them soon. Might work for you.

Good

By Antonello from Trieste ITALY
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, October 23, 2010


It is a good pot for the job. Thank You StewMAc. Antonello

No complaints

By Greg Nieman from Cincinnati, OH
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, October 20, 2010


I have no experience with the CTS or Bourne, so I've got no frame of reference on the quality comparisons made so far. They do seem to work OK, and I haven't noticed any functional difference with the ones they replaced. Although they are much lighter - just not sure whether that translates to durability issues or not. Conditional thumbs up for now.

Not all pots are created equal

By Jack from San Bernardino, Ca.
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, October 17, 2010


You can spend a lot more for audio taper pots but considering the price and speedy delivery these split shaft pots are just fine.

good deal

By control pots from Avoca Pa
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, October 12, 2010


I know other people have commented on these pots, saying they are garbage,but they work good for me. Now my bass has the tone I need from it.

Gets the job done.

By flyingv from manitoba
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, September 02, 2010


These aren't the BEST pots, but they get the job done just fine.

great pots

By Seth from Indiana
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, August 27, 2010


I bought a 1 meg-ohm pot to run an overwound pickup (TV Jones) wide open. It was very easy to install and is very smooth. I will probably use this pot with future guitars.

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