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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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5.0

The Best Quality CTS pots

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I installed new CTS Solid shaft 500k pots on my guitar that had original manufacture installed CTS 500k split shaft pots. The solid shaft pots produce a better more "pronounced" stronger sound or tone. The solid shaft pots are the best that I have ever used. They are Audio taper which means if you use this pot as The "Tone" control it will be opposite of the "linear" taper tone pot that came on your guitar. Turning the knob to 10 will increase treble. No big deal after hearing how good your guitar will sound.

5.0

These work great

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They are just a little more robust. Things solder to the back easily. Worth the extra buck by far.

5.0

Biggest difference for my sound

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Verified Buyer


After reading about these pots, I bought a set for my guitar. I couldn't believe the the difference in the sound. They are only a couple of dollars more than other pots, and are worth every penny. They are very responsive to the touch whether up or down, and give a great quality to my sound.

4.0

Good stuff !

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Pots came with all needed nuts and washers and operate smoothly.

5.0

Great Replacement!!

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I needed a new volume knob for my Ibanez Prestige and this worked perfect!! Tight, smooth turn! Couldn't have asked for better!!

5.0

Good!

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Verified Buyer


Not first time use, this is the best in the market!

5.0

Great finishing touch for my Fender bass.

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Verified Buyer


Excellent quality, noiseless.

5.0

Smooth and Quiet

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Verified Buyer


Bought these pots and they work perfect, they turn smoothly and are super quiet.
Very happy with these

5.0

Smooth clean pots

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Verified Buyer


I had a Yamaha hollow body that needed complete electronics replacement these pots and the cap worked well with the gretsch pups I put in this guitar. It sounds great now.

5.0

exellent

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Verified Buyer


These pots are of good quality , did a fine job on the project I was building .....

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