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CTS Control Pots Split shaft, 250K-ohm (CTS #450S 3484)

Split shaft, 250K-ohm (CTS #450S 3484)

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CTS Control Pots Split shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3485)

Split shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3485)

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CTS Control Pots Long split shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3486)

Long split shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3486)

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CTS Control Pots Solid shaft, 250K-ohm (CTS #450S 3487)

Solid shaft, 250K-ohm (CTS #450S 3487)

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CTS Control Pots Solid shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3488)

Solid shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3488)

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CTS Control Pots

About This Item

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.


Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

Upgrading control pots: choosing the right pots and knobs

Lots of low-cost guitars play great, even though the manufacturers cut costs on hardware and electronics. Swapping out your control pots is an easy mod with big results. Erick Coleman shows you how to avoid troubleā€¦

Instructions

Product Instructions

Which control pot to choose

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

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4.0

CTS Potentimeter

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Always consistent, working great in my custom built Tele

5.0

Excellent pots

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They brightened the sound of my three mini-humbucker 1967 Galanti Grand Prix.

5.0

fast and functional

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The processing and shipping of the product was quick and, when I installed it, the pot seemed to work. Now I will use it over and over again and see how long it lasts.
Stay tuned...

5.0

CTS 250k pots

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Always my choice for reliability.

5.0

Audible & inexpensive improvement

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I purchased the CTS 500k pots - 223 orange caps - treble bleed cap/resistor for a 2011 HH MIM Fender Blacktop Telecaster. Purchased the git cheap and wanted something to practice mods on and not have to worry about anything. The originals pots/cap were cheap & low quality. The CTS make a big difference in tone and the treble bleed is flawless. This is my first time with StewMac and certainly not my last. Great product - reasonable price - great service.

5.0

Smooth operation, great control.

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I've used these in many instruments over the years; they're easy to install, offer great control, and last a long time.

5.0

Nothing but the best fit my builds

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Always use CTS pots. They are simply the best. Be sure to know how many points are on your knobs before trying to force them onto your pot shaft.

1.0

one more try

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these pots cannot take much heat in order to solder ground wire which is poor design considering they have to be soldered. the various shaft sizes are a pain as well. if these fail from heat then it is time for stew mac to dump the product.

2.0

get more than you need!

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3 out 10 have a short and bleed through. The good ones are good. If you need 3, you better order 4. Don't know if the pro pots are any better.

5.0

CTS Control Pots worked well

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CTS Control Pots worked well for me (as they have in the past). The shipments was quick as promised. They do make a difference in tone.

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