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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
4.5 out of 5 stars
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5 12-11-2012
Jamais sans CTS Control

Après avoir installé ces pots j'ai remarqué une nette amélioration de mon son. Ça vaut l'investissement.

KV  Canada Read my reviews (3)
5 11-30-2012
Nice pots

Never had an issue with Alpha pots, but I prefer CTS.

Colt W. Knight  South Charleston, WV 25309 Read my reviews (43)
5 11-09-2012
CTS Pots

The pots aren't easy to replace on this guitar so I used the CTS 500K's! I know they work....especially after a job like this!

Pete Belardino  Albion, NY Read my reviews (7)
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5 11-08-2012
Worth the money

Very impressed with the Quality. They are quiet, smooth and sensitive in their adjustments. They do make a difference in the sound.

Jim Murray  Carmel, IN Read my reviews (3)
4 11-06-2012
CTS Pots

I have made a pretty major modification on my Guild F4 acoustic/ electric. In fact, other than the "acoustic" guitar, there is nothing original on my Guild. I used old pots to experiment for my design. When I was satisifed I bought these for the final install and the mod is working great. The pots are smooth and quiet, and that is what you ask of a pot. The only reason that I can't give 5 stars, is that I really have nothing to compare them with.

Patrick Jolly  Geauga Co., Ohio
5 10-02-2012
Just great!

Used these on a PJ bass rewiring. Definitely high quality, take soldering nicely and operates precisely. My choice for future rewirings/upgrades...

Laurent  France Read my reviews (2)
4 9-25-2012
My favorites, but---

These are the best potentiometers, but it sure would be nice to get the long-shaft pots in 250K-ohm version for single-coils.

CWaggs  Illinois Read my reviews (44)
5 9-18-2012
Excelente calidad

Estos pots son lo mejor, no se pueden equivocar con ellos y como son audiotaper sirven tanto para volumen como tono. Verifiquen bien las dimesiones ya que son un poco mas cortos que los baratos que vienen en la mayoria de las guitarras. Thanks guys!!!

ACHguitars  Santiago, Chile Read my reviews (14)
5 9-07-2012
Nice and Smooth

As compared to most pots out there these didn't need cleaning to be as quiet as possible. Nice swells on volume and tone, smooth action from one side to the other. I like the gold color shafts too.

bobmblock  Herman, NE Read my reviews (3)
5 7-20-2012
great quality Pot

sounds really great

Allan  Sao Paulo, Brazil Read my reviews (2)
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