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Alpha Control Pots


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Alpha potentiometers are among the world's most widely used guitar tone and volume controls.

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Alpha Control Pots
 
  Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
3755 25K-ohm Yes
$8.97
6 or more $7.78  
12 or more $6.97  

0128 250K-ohm Yes
$2.73
12 or more $2.43  
50 or more $1.96  

0130 500K-ohm Yes
$2.73
12 or more $2.43  
50 or more $1.96  

3482 500K-ohm long shaft Yes
$6.95
6 or more $6.02  
12 or more $5.42  

3481 1 meg-ohm Yes
$4.69
6 or more $4.07  
12 or more $3.66  


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These are the familiar pots we've supplied for years in 25K, 250K, 500K, and 1 meg-ohm versions, plus a long-shaft 500K version for Les Paul style carved-top solidbodies. Great prices, too—luthiers and repair shops can save big on orders of 50 or more.

Each pot has an aluminum split shaft that fits a coarse-knurled (18-spline) knob.

Alpha pots are audio taper with standard ±20% resistance tolerance. Each pot includes a flat washer, lock washer, and two hex mounting nuts for custom height adjustment on a pickguard or control plate.

#3755 25K-ohm
For controlling the volume or tone of active pickups, or for use after the preamp of a piezo-saddle transducer bridge.
Shaft diameter 6mm split shaft, coarse knurling
Thread   M8 x 0.75
Threaded portion height   3/8" (9.52mm)
Required mounting hole diameter   5/16" (7.94mm)


#0128 250K-ohm & #0130 500K-ohm
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 attenuates even less than a 500K—try one if you want to hear your guitar "wide open."
Shaft diameter 6mm split shaft, coarse knurling
Thread M8 x 0.75
Threaded portion height 3/8" (9.52mm)
Required mounting hole diameter    5/16" (7.94mm)


#3482 500K-ohm, long shaft pot
For Les Paul and similar solidbody guitars.
Shaft diameter 6mm split shaft, coarse knurling
Thread   3/8" x 32
Threaded portion height   3/4" (19.05mm)
Required mounting hole diameter   3/8" (9.52mm)


#3481 1 Meg-ohm
Get the most out of your guitar with a 1 Meg-ohm pot. All pots bleed a certain amount of the signal to ground, this "attenuation" can be used to warm the sound of your guitar's pickups, but you can also run your guitar "wide open" with these 1 Meg-ohm pots!
Shaft diameter 6mm split shaft, coarse knurling
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 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.

25K pots are for controlling the volume or tone of active pickups, or for use after the preamp of a piezo-saddle transducer bridge.

Replacement Mounting Nuts and Lock Washers are also available.

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Alpha Control Pots
Alpha Control Pots
 
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5 2-11-2011
Blend Pot

Installed on a Epiphone Viola Bass. I replaced one of the two volume pots with a blend pot to control pickup selection. I followed the wiring diagram as provided on the Stewmac website. With the pickup height properly adjusted, there is no inconsistency in volume across the sweep of the pot. I works perfectly as advertised. I also switched out the remaining controls with new audio taper pots from Stewmac and an increased value 0.1mf capacitor. Improved control of tone is now very much at my fingertips.

A Pitcher  Toronto, Canada Read my reviews (2)
5 2-07-2011
I Meg Control Pot

I bought a new loaded H/H strat pickguard off eBay. It was a very good deal and the product is very attractive and well made, but I had hoped the pickups would be more along the lines of PAF strength but they turned out to be hotter, hence a bit muddy for my needs. I tapped the coils by using a Stewmac 500K switch pot and, although it added versatility, it did not solve the issue. Stewmac support suggested I try 1 MEG pots for both volume and tone. It made sense to try this before investing another $150 in pickups, so that is what I did. Well, it worked! The pickups are much brighter with 1 Meg pots. Since there is currently no 1 MEG switch pot available I simply added a Stewmac mini-toggle switch for coil tapping. I am very pleased.
Thanks AGAIN to Stewmac support for their fast, courteous help!

Archiguitarchi  North, Alabama Read my reviews (5)
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1 2-03-2011
disappointing

The 500 K pots tend to get stuck up after a while and that grinding feel also makes me unsure if the shafts would not detach in the long run.

dominic  philippines
5 2-01-2011
1meg pots!

Great pots! they bust open my pickups. they are pretty easy to install.

stringslinger88  Massechusettes Read my reviews (2)
5 1-27-2011
all good.

Good part, fair price. Quick shipping.

jeffreyz75  Warminster,pa Read my reviews (6)
3 1-24-2011
Very scratchy

Ordered two 500K pots, measured them both and they're both about 570K, which should be close enough for my purposes. I was very disappointed when I first took them out of the package and started playing around with them, because there's a noticeable grinding feeling that you get when turning the pots. I'll install them for now, but don't know what kind of longevity to expect with this grinding feeling.

S. Fetterly  Toronto, Ontario
5 1-21-2011
That's the good ones!

If you're looking for pots for replacement or upgrade on a Japanese, Korean, French or any guitar that doesn't have 9.5mm holes, these pots are for you. They are logarithmic if you search the information, and yes you only need Audio taper pots for guitar application (for both volume and tone). They are heavy duty, smooth, affordable. They are just a little noisy, but it doesn't impact the sound of your guitar plugged. To summarize a must!

Micky  France Read my reviews (2)
1 1-05-2011
500K Pots

On a Flying V project, two 500K pots were ordered. Upon receipt they tested at 390 and 410, very disappointing

Mason  Wellington, FL
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5 1-05-2011
Better than expected!

In a recent project to mod my Epi LP Jr I replaced both volume and tone pots with these 500K pots. They are both super-noiseless and do what they are supposed to...guitar sounds great!

BassOasis  Billerica, MA Read my reviews (2)
4 1-02-2011
Does what needs.

Smooth good quality pot. Only complaint I would have is these are large pots which can be a trick to put into the some guitars that originally used cheap pots. Wish a physically smaller one with the same quality was available.

Palico  Bonneau, SC Read my reviews (4)
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