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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 7-10-2012

Good quality

Gusty  Ro Read my reviews (91)
5 7-09-2012
Rock solid pots

These are my favorite pots to work with. Rock solid, easy to install, very reliable. Smooth gradation of volume/tone.

JJuk  Fullerton, CA Read my reviews (25)
5 7-02-2012
the best

these are the only pots to use all others are junk compared to these.

lefty's rule  duluth mn Read my reviews (32)
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5 6-28-2012
These are great CTS Pots

I've bought a lot of CTS pots over the years and these that are being made for Stew Mac are top of the line. The feel is great. They are very easy to turn with an awesome taper. Additionally, I've measured all of them with a multimeter and they are usually very consistent and right around 500K. Way better than All Parts that;s for sure!

Buckwild  San Jose, CA
5 6-07-2012
squire strat upgrade

I installed the CTS pots, now those Texas Specials are cool!

blackbeauty  gulf breeze,fl.
5 6-01-2012
Pot in the mail!

On Monday I ordered a replacement volume pot for my Strat...the volume would cut out, always at the worst possible moment. I bought a CTS 250K ohm, pretty much the standard replacement. It arrived on a Thursday, I spent an hour Friday morning removing and replacing, worked flawlessly the whole weekend (3 shows). It has a nice feel, just enough resistance so it doesn't feel loose and floppy. And no drop outs when flailing away!

JohnnyJupiter  Massachusetts
5 5-27-2012
Bought for one guitar, now ordering for the rest.

I've been working on guitars for a while, and have played many. But after putting these into dimebag copy with stock electronics, I was shocked to find that the sound I got was better than that of my les paul with emg's. I bought these for one, but now I'm getting them for the rest!

Hartlaub Guitars  Madison
5 5-25-2012
Long shaft pots

I am rebuilding a 1960's Hagstrom Viking and needed the long shaft pots to get through the body. Finally installed and sounding as smooth as they are to the touch.

Dan Thrasher  London, Ontario, Canada
5 5-24-2012
they do what they are supposed to

they work well, they are well built, they are not cheap. So all is as is ecpected.... thanks!

GuitarTron  Canada Read my reviews (17)
5 5-19-2012
"The Good Stuff"

My customers can have any kind of potentiometer, as long as it's CTS.

Scott at GroveGuitars  Cincinnati, OH Read my reviews (3)
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