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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
  Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
0115 Split shaft, 250K-ohm (CTS #450S 3484-1133) Yes
6 or more $5.44  
12 or more $4.97  

0116 Split shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3485-1133) Yes
6 or more $5.44  
12 or more $4.97  

0117 Long split shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3486-1133) Yes
6 or more $7.27  
12 or more $6.69  

0115-S Solid shaft, 250K-ohm (CTS #450S 3487-1133) Yes
6 or more $5.27  
12 or more $4.78  

0116-S Solid shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3488-1133) Yes
6 or more $5.27  
12 or more $4.78  

Quantity prices apply to multiples of the same item number Selected currency  


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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

0.235" (5.95mm)
3/8" (9.52mm)
Solid shaft

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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CTS Control Pots
CTS Control Pots
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5 4-09-2014
Simply Superior

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

Randy  Indianapolis Read my reviews (5)
4 3-27-2014
guitar pots

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

norton blues  canada Read my reviews (6)
4 3-09-2014
Solid pots

Good quality and solid pots, easy to solder.

yngvegr  Norway Read my reviews (8)
5 3-04-2014
You cannot do better than CTS

The Cadillac of POT's

Palaver  MetroWest MA - USA Read my reviews (13)
5 3-01-2014
Fantastic product!!

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

Z.W.T.  Michigan, U.S.A. Read my reviews (7)
5 2-28-2014
CTS Control Pots

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.

Magic Biddie  Texas Read my reviews (10)
5 2-16-2014
up grade

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!

parque  redlands, ca Read my reviews (3)
5 2-14-2014
Usual CTS quality.

Purchased with the correct speed knob for a new build. Easy to solder to. I have seen complaints about being too stiff, but I like them.

335Bill  Virginia Read my reviews (6)
1 2-10-2014
Dissapointed in these pots

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.

Haramis Guitars  Wayne, New Jersey
5 2-09-2014
Cts Control Pots

excellent purchase. I liked your products .

Horacio Carvalho  Brazil Read my reviews (3)
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