CTS Control Pots

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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!

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CTS Control Pots Split shaft, 250K-ohm (CTS #450S 3484-1133)

Split shaft, 250K-ohm (CTS #450S 3484-1133)

Item # 0115
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$5.95

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12 or more $4.94
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CTS Control Pots Split shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3485-1133)

Split shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3485-1133)

Item # 0116
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$5.95

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12 or more $4.94
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CTS Control Pots Long split shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3486-1133)

Long split shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3486-1133)

Item # 0117
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$7.95

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12 or more $6.60
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CTS Control Pots Solid shaft, 250K-ohm (CTS #450S 3487-1133)

Solid shaft, 250K-ohm (CTS #450S 3487-1133)

Item # 0115-S
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$5.75

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12 or more $4.77
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CTS Control Pots Solid shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3488-1133)

Solid shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3488-1133)

Item # 0116-S
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$5.75

6 or more $5.23
12 or more $4.77
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Product Details

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.


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Quality and Performance

By DAVID THE OAKMAN from AMSTERDAM, NY
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, May 18, 2014


CTS control pots complete your guitar project ultimate goal to perform outstanding music. Highly recommended

Simply Superior

By Randy from Indianapolis
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 09, 2014


This is a no brainer. For a couple bucks more, you get a smooth, scratch-free, nicely tapered control.

guitar pots

By norton blues from canada
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, March 27, 2014


I have had good results with all my guitar pots from Stewmac. The service and delivery is always good. and if I have a question about anything they always had a quick reply for me. I live in Canada and never have a problem with delivery. Thanks Jim

Solid pots

By yngvegr from Norway
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, March 09, 2014


Good quality and solid pots, easy to solder.

You cannot do better than CTS

By Palaver from MetroWest MA - USA
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, March 04, 2014


The Cadillac of POT's

Fantastic product!!

By Z.W.T. from Michigan, U.S.A.
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, March 01, 2014


Very smooth pots!! I'll be buying them for all of my guitar projects from now on!!

CTS Control Pots

By MagicBiddie from East Texas
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, February 28, 2014


Get the 250K short split knurled shaft for a Strat, solid shaft for a Tele. The best! I frequently order these to upgrade my imported Sq***e guitars and it is well worth it.

up grade

By parque from redlands, ca
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, February 16, 2014


Changed out the pots, pup's(Gibsons) and caps (Orange Drops) in a 2005 Epi Sheridan. Well worth the effort, tightened up the overall tone and made a good guitar better. It's nice to have tone pots that actually do something!

Dissapointed in these pots

By Haramis Guitars from Wayne, New Jersey
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, February 10, 2014


I had to place an order with SM and decided to order their CTS branded long shaft pots, just to try. Well none of them were even remotely within spec. One was reading 430 and another was reading 427. The other thing is that the extra long brass sleeve is actually too long for some knobs. Stew Mac has always been great, and it is not their fault, but from now on I'll stick with another supplier for CTS pots.

Smooth and Clean

By toneman662 from Sonora, Ca.
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, February 08, 2014


Love these CTS Pots. Nice install, smooth and clean sounding.

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