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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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4 9-12-2013
Heavey dutie pot!

These pots are the most solidly built I have yet used. Smooth operation and great volume control all the way to the top. Buyer be informed!!! If you intend to use these pots as a replacement for another, measure the length of the shaft and diameter of the shaft as well. To a more experienced luthier this may go without saying but I had to widen the whole in an import guitar to accommodate the CTS pot. Not a big deal. However, I would not have done that to a Gibson Les Paul for instance. No way!!!

CTS Control Pots  Bellevue, NE
5 9-11-2013
Amazing Quality

These pots are solid, sensitive and work flawlessly. Shipping time is always amazing. Great service from SM and will always keep me coming back.

Darryl Stevens  NB, Canada Read my reviews (5)
5 8-31-2013
Great Pot

The CTS Control Pots work great, if installed correctly. I have read some negative reviews, that may be due to poor soldering technique, or bad wiring. I have had no issues with the pots from Stew Mac.

zapkat  Sierra Vista, AZ Read my reviews (8)
5 8-28-2013
Top Pots

High quality. Just what i needed. Smooth clean and clear.

Loxton  SA, Australia Read my reviews (5)
4 8-24-2013

I've always been able to rely on Stew Mac to deliver the cream of the crop CTS pots. CTS has always been the highest quality, with the smoothest taper. Sound quality is top notch, and they just FEEL good under the fingers.

justinheronmusic  Los Angeles Read my reviews (7)
5 8-07-2013
Good Stuff!

I bought these to replace some cheapo factory pots on my Hagstrom. They are smooth and quiet.

MDH  Texas Read my reviews (3)
3 7-17-2013
Good but

I installed these and after about 3-6 months I had to take them apart and clean them. I don't know what happened but they got scratchy and made noise when you turned them. they also had some dead spots in them but I got them working again.

preetcher  Beaufort, NC Read my reviews (48)
5 7-03-2013
Nice Pot

Replaced some cheaper alphas on a P-bass with the CTS pots . To me there are none better than the CTS. Smooth operation and clean sound. I will buy more.

tstell  Rockwell City, Iowa Read my reviews (10)
5 7-03-2013
Good pots

High quality and smooth. It doesn't get better than that.

budman1950  Dayton, OH Read my reviews (6)
5 6-06-2013
Replace your cheap pots!

I replaced the stock pots in my Epiphone with these and can definitely hear the difference. The tone knobs work much better along with the Orange Drop .22 capacitors I also got from Stew Mac. First purchase, one of my best. New favorite site.

Cyclave  Texas Read my reviews (4)
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