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.


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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

CTS pots

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Verified Buyer


The original volume and tone pots in my guitar were terrible, scratchy and cutting out. I ordered these to replace them. After I installed them the guitar sounds better (to my ears) than new.

5.0

perfect

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Verified Buyer


Just what I ordered and fast delivery, perfect!

5.0

Easy and perfect

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Verified Buyer


Easier than going out to a store to find it. And all worked out well as it should have.

5.0

great product and awesome customer service

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Verified Buyer


thank you so much. i am so happy =)

5.0

Great Potentiometers

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Verified Buyer


Just what I needed to replace a volume control.
Smooth feel, great audio taper.

4.0

Well built pots

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Verified Buyer


Great pots with smooth rotation. Linear taper not available for some reason. Audio taper for volume just doesn't work out. 85% of the pot is quiet and swells abruptly when turned past that 85%

Response from StewMac


Hello Scott,
We apologize that our CTS pots did not work for you as expected. We truly appreciate your honest feedback. In the meantime, I've placed your suggestion with our product development team -- customer comments like yours have been the catalyst to many changes to our products. If you are not satisfied you may return it for a refund or exchange. Please call us at 1-800-848-2273. We look forward to helping you with this.

5.0

Good pots

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Verified Buyer


Never have any problems with these pots. Always pays to use quality parts.

5.0

CTS POTS

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Verified Buyer


I bought two of the 500 k long shaft pots to do a rewire and installl new pickups on my PRS SE and they work great, very smooth and responsive.

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Love the pots...

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Verified Buyer


I love the quality of the CTS pots, they have never failed me. Thanks to Stewmac for all the products and tools available.

5.0

ChineseDIY Bass guitar kit

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Bought a Chinese DIY Jass Bass Kit and everything was ok, Hell I only paid $65 for it, I expected to do some work on it. Yeah, I had to get the frets in shape and upgrade the strings. But when the neck pot stopped working I figured to change out all the pots and tone controls. What and where do I go for new controls?
The internet all pointed for StewMac, and thats were I went. I checked out their "How To" files and all my questions where answered. Fender suggested which pots to use. The rest was history.
Update; pots are in and what a difference. I took the bass down to my corner music store and played it against a Fender Jass Bass they had on display. Mine looked better but you couldn't tell any difference in the sound. Oh, yeah the pots worked great, and I say these CTS Control Pots are the best.

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