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CTS Push-pull Pots, DPDT Split shaft, 250K-ohm (CTS #450S 3908)

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CTS Push-pull Pots, DPDT Split shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3910)

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CTS Push-pull Pots, DPDT Long split shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3912)

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CTS Push-pull Pots, DPDT Solid shaft, 250K-ohm (CTS #450S 3909)

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CTS Push-pull Pots, DPDT

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Add a switch without adding a hole. Sized to fit more guitars.
On these top quality CTS control pots, the switch contacts are on the side, not the back. This makes them shorter, so they'll fit most guitars without routing—only 1" cavity depth is needed.

The double-pole double-throw switch adds lots of wiring options. Pull the knob to coil-cut a humbucker, switch a pickup in/out, or control anything: the switch is electrically separate from the control pot.

CTS pots have long been the first choice in American guitars. CTS worked with StewMac to create these unique control pots. In addition to their space-saving size, they feature a longer-life brass shaft and tighter ±10% resistance tolerance compared to CTS products offered elsewhere.

Their precision audio taper gives smoother, more accurate response than you'll get with economy pots. The volume swells evenly from 0 to 10, with no abrupt changes.

Available with split shaft for fine-knurled (24-spline) knob, or with smooth shaft to fit a set-screw knob. The long shaft #0229 fits Les Paul® and other 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)
Required cavity depth 1" (25.4mm)

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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Trade Secrets!

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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 trouble…

Instructions

Product Instructions

Wiring the CTS DPDT Push-Pull Pot

How to wire the CTS DPDT Push Pull Pots.

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5.0

P-rails

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Just wired these up to a set of SD P-rails and they work great!

5.0

Great pots for modding my guitar

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My tech said that once he figured out the odd configuration of these push-pull DPDT pots, it was easy to install these as an upgrade for my Epiphone Les Paul Traditional Pro guitar; I purchased four of these pots to replace the standard pots that came stock (2 of the Epi pots were Alpha push-pulls to split the coils of each humbucker), and then I asked my tech to add the 21-way Jimmy Page wiring mod. These CTS pots are excellent. When I pull them to either split coils, switch from series to parallel wiring, or switch between in- and out- of phase, I don't get a loud and annoying "click" as I did with the stock Alpha pots. The audio taper is better, and the sound quality of the pickups (stock Epi Classic Alnico and ProBuckers in the neck and bridge respectively) is much improved, of course. I may replace these stock pickups at some point, but with the upgraded pots, I don't need to do so anytime soon. I have used CTS pots in the past, and will continue to do so. Chuck those stock Alpha pots and move up to CTS!

Just a note to those using these to upgrade an Epi Les Paul: I ordered the long shaft pots thinking that I would need a accomodate the deeper rout in the back of the guitar and the thicker carved body of an LP, but honesty, these push-pull DPDT pots are so long that regular shaft would have been fine. My tech made them fit, but with the Emerson paper-in-oil caps that I also had installed, I *just* have enough room to screw on the back cavity cover. Give yourself more room inside and DON'T order the long shaft if you opt for the DPDT push-pulls.

Great customer service from StewMac; my order always arrives right away and exactly as I ordered. Two thumbs up and five-stars all around.

4.0

Large cavity width req.

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I do not see a cavity width spec given, only depth. This pot and switch are larger than I expected and won't fit the one guitar I bought it for. I'll probably hang on to it for some project. I should have measured it - a little more than the 1 inch depth clearance I would say. Fine quality.

5.0

Works Perfect!

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Order arrived earlier than expected and all parts worked correctly.

5.0

Large luggage

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These pots are very good quality as stated in description, which is no surprise for CTS. I installed 4 of these in a Gibson SG, which was very ambitious. Les Paul electronics cavities are deeper, so there's no worry about fit. But the SG depth is "EXACT" height as the CTS push-pulls. With all the wiring involved in a Jimmy Page #2 schematic, I had to readjust wiring in order to get the cover back on. I even created "quick connect" solderless connecetors to the pickups because space was so tight, that soldering those wires would have been close to impossible. Overall a very happy purchase. However, I might go back to standard wiring. This was an experiment and a learning experience.

5.0

An answer to a big problem!

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The big problem is that until this, any DPDT push pull pot was inferior to the other quality components I was using in guitars. For guys like me who only want to use the "good stuff" these provide a lot more options. They are a tight squeeze sometimes, especially if it's a tone pot with a large cap attached, but they are really great pots. I used this in my own Jazz bass to add a series/parallel option on the tone pot.

5.0

Top of the line Quality!

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Smooth With the perfect rotational resistance . Compared to stock Gibson pots with too much. Used 4 for series/parallel,phase reversal, 4 different PIO cap values. With 57Classic 4 conductor to triple shot mounting rings to the vol pots. On a 2013 Gibson Midtown Custom. Opened up Endless Tonal Adventures. From Michael Rosario,Burnaby CANADA

5.0

nice sound

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nice sound

5.0

Great component!

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Used this to replace an Alpha DPDT volume pot that developed a dead spot. The CTS is smooth and well damped in rotation, and the switch feels great. Very happy with it.

5.0

250k solid shaft for P bass

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Fits and works perfect in Fender P Bass. I used this for tone control, to select the tone cap. The stock .05uF was way too bright for me. Now I can choose .1uF or .44uF (two .22 in parallel.). I'm also going to add a 150k resistor in parallel with the pot, using the other half of the switch, when the .44uF is switched in. I'm going for an upright bass sound with the tone pot pulled out. I also use palm muting to kill sustain, when I want that upright sound.

Anyways the part is great, and standard delivery was only 2 days to NH.

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