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Emerson Pro CTS Pots Split shaft, 250K-ohm

Split shaft, 250K-ohm

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Emerson Pro CTS Pots Split shaft, 500K-ohm

Split shaft, 500K-ohm

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Emerson Pro CTS Pots Split shaft, 1 meg-ohm

Split shaft, 1 meg-ohm

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Emerson Pro CTS Pots Long split shaft, 500K-ohm

Long split shaft, 500K-ohm

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Emerson Pro CTS Pots Solid shaft, 250K-ohm

Solid shaft, 250K-ohm

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Emerson Pro CTS Pots Solid shaft, 500K-ohm

Solid shaft, 500K-ohm

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Emerson Pro CTS Pots Solid shaft, 1 meg-ohm

Solid shaft, 1 meg-ohm

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Emerson Pro CTS Pots

About This Item

Lower drag, tighter tolerance and smoother taper. Individually tested control pots for demanding pro guitarists, developed by Emerson in cooperation with CTS.

  • 8% tolerance
  • Smooth, even volume taper from 1 to 10
  • Low drag for the smoothest feel

Why a "pro" pot? Emerson's Mitch Ingram explains:
"Pro CTS pots from Emerson Custom were designed to be the premium choice for the discerning guitarist looking for optimum performance and tonal response from a guitar potentiometer. They feature a longer-life brass shaft and bushing, and a tighter ±8% resistance tolerance. Each and every Emerson Pro CTS pot is hand tested to ensure that it meets or exceeds our stated tolerances. The proprietary custom audio taper was specially designed for a very smooth and accurate response when you roll up and down on the controls. Crank your guitar up to 10 and the volume swells all the way—no abrupt flattening to choke your playing style."

Erick Coleman, guitarist, repairman and StewMac tech advisor, adds:
"I use Emerson Pro CTS pots and really like the way they perform, as do the clients whose guitars I've installed them in. Precise, and with an even taper. No sudden jumps or cuts as you turn the dial. Low drag means they're easier to turn, giving you faster control. The bottom of the pot has the vintage look, too."

Emerson Pro CTS pots are available with fine-knurled split shaft, or with smooth shaft for set-screw knobs. A long-shaft split-knob 500K-ohm version fits Gibson Les Paul® and similar carved-top solidbodies.

Each pot includes a flat washer, lock washer, and two hex mounting nuts for custom height adjustment on a pickguard or control plate. 3/8"-diameter (9.52mm) mounting hole required.

Split-shaft pots
Shaft diameter0.235" (5.95mm), fine knurling
Thread  3/8" x 32
Threaded portion height  3/8"(9.52mm)
Threaded portion height, long shaft  3/4"(19.05mm)
Required mounting hole diameter  3/8"(9.52mm)

Solid shaft pots
Shaft diameter1/4" (6.35mm)
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 (attenuates) 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.


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 trouble…

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

Great for upgrades

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I used two of these Pots, one 500k and one 250K to upgrade the volume and tone controls on a new Epiphone Joe Bonamassa limited edition Firebird 1 and it has made a very noticeable difference. The controls the guitar came with were not bad, but these Emerson Pro CTS Pots have turned a very good guitar into a great guitar. I highly recommend them for any electric guitar upgrade.

5.0

smooth!

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While Stew-Mac has always sold me pots that were well within spec, the Emerson pots are massively smoother - volume swells are a breeze!

5.0

World of difference!

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Google brought me to StewMac and am I ever glad it did! First rate service, quick delivery and the new pots are amazing!

They've made a world of difference in my guitar. I had bought a used El Degas thinline copy with the original electronics. The pots were in desperate need of replacement so I bought 2 new 500k pots, because I have the humbucker version, for the volume and tone.

They make the guitar sound completely different in a great way! The controls now are very smooth and you can hear a difference around the whole rotation of the knob. The level changes very evenly, as well.

Overall, I'm very impressed and happy with my purchase and in dealing with StewMac. Already have ordered a bone nut to help with the tone!

Thanks again,
John

4.0

Exactly what I expected, no frills, no nonsense

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Verified Buyer


I am very satisfied with these. The quality you expect is there.

5.0

Best pots out there in my opinion

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Great product! I was very happy with the range of volume and tone that u get from these pots. I will def be buying more in the future.

5.0

volume pot

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They are hot

5.0

CTS pots

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Smooth and quiet operation , priced right . Definitely a worthwhile upgrade from entry level guitar components, these pots with a Switchcraft output jack and orange drop capacitor have turned my Squire J Bass into a true Squirinstien that plays and sounds every bit as good as his Fender big brothers.

5.0

Emerson knows what they're doing.

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Verified Buyer


Some of these pots you buy sometimes that have an over-damped feel that almost pushes back when you try to turn them, feel luxurious on a hi-fi stereo, but they are NOT what I want on a guitar. I don't want to flick my little finger across the volume knob to kick the guitar into overdrive only to find out the volume didn't go all the way up because I didn't grip it firmly enough.

These Emerson pots are pre-modern, pre-posh pots that just turn when you turn them. AND they have always fit easily where I've needed them to go. Extra-whizbang ultra-quality MIL-STD pots are wonderful---or would be, if they fit where the old one went. Emerson Pro CTS Pots are the best deal all around.

5.0

Excellent pots

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Verified Buyer


Replaced custom shop pots when redoing entire guys of my tele (converting to a 4 blade). Love the taper

5.0

Super pots

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These are great pots. With My other pots, and these were CTS as well, all the action was from 0-4. After that, nothing. So guess what? The tone control stayed at 10. With these Emerson pots the even taper means that when you turn your volume / tone knob something happens, through the entire range. Volume swells are a snap and I can even coax a bit of Wah out of my tone control. There actually is some tone control. One of the pots I ordered didn't work right and Stewmac replaced it with no problem.
I've got lots of stuff from Stewmac and their selection and service is always outstanding. It's nice that there are still people who are knowledgable about, and stand behind their product. I'll be back.

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