CTS Control Pots

CTS Control Pots

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CTS Control Pots Split shaft, 250K-ohm (CTS #450S 3484)

Split shaft, 250K-ohm (CTS #450S 3484)

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CTS Control Pots Split shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3485)

Split shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3485)

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CTS Control Pots Long split shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3486)

Long split shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3486)

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CTS Control Pots Solid shaft, 250K-ohm (CTS #450S 3487)

Solid shaft, 250K-ohm (CTS #450S 3487)

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CTS Control Pots Solid shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3488)

Solid shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3488)

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CTS Control Pots

About This Item

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!

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
Diameter
Height

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

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.

Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

Upgrading control pots: choosing the right pots and knobs

Lots of low-cost guitars play great, even though the manufacturers cut costs on hardware and electronics. Swapping out your control pots is an easy mod with big results. Erick Coleman shows you how to avoid troubleā€¦

Instructions

Product Instructions

Which control pot to choose

An explanation of the different control potentiometers (pots) and when they are typically used.

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5.0

Great pots

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Verified Buyer


I've been using these pots for some time. Always consistant and smooth. The final touch to a custom 12 string that I recently finished.
J.A.C. Customs

4.0

Pretty good pot

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I purchased these for a 2014 Gibson Melody Maker. Working OK so far

5.0

Work like advertised...

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Smooth taper, & very little tone loss as you turn down.

5.0

new pots for an old guitar

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renewing all the controls on my Epiphone Casino which turns 50 this year. Forgot how easy this guitar is to play. Sounds better too now. Always best prices and quality with quick delivery.

5.0

Smooth movement and noise-free...

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Bought these, as they have always been referred to in high esteem.

They function smoothly and are noise/crackle free.

I wired a pair of 250Kohm pots as volume/tone (with an Orange drop cap) for my P-bass.

Great price and the real deal!

5.0

Perfect replacement!

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Used these to upgrade a used Squier Stratocaster. The original pots worked ok, but they were cheap and small. I had to enlarge the holes to get these to fit, but it was worth it. I intend to use this Squier as a workhorse instead of as a showboat. Don't care about the name on the headstock, just want a guitar that works reliably. This one does now.

5.0

POTS

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Works as advertised.

5.0

Best POT's for Your Bass

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These POT's are fantastic...awesome quality and great feel. Super sturdy and well made. I highly recommend CTS POT's!

5.0

Best pots for the money

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Best pots for the money.

5.0

project perfect

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i bought these pots because they were a reasonably priced upgrade for the cheap ones that came with my bass kit ....

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StewMac PDF Catalog, page 56 See CTS Control Pots
on page 56 of our StewMac Digital Catalog