CTS Push-pull Pots, DPDT

CTS Push-pull Pots, DPDT

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CTS Push-pull Pots, DPDT Split shaft, 250K-ohm (CTS #450S 3908)

Split shaft, 250K-ohm (CTS #450S 3908)

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CTS Push-pull Pots, DPDT Split shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3910)

Split shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3910)

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CTS Push-pull Pots, DPDT Long split shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3912)

Long split shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3912)

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CTS Push-pull Pots, DPDT Solid shaft, 250K-ohm (CTS #450S 3909)

Solid shaft, 250K-ohm (CTS #450S 3909)

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CTS Push-pull Pots, DPDT Solid shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3911)

Solid shaft, 500K-ohm (CTS #450S 3911)

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CTS Push-pull Pots, DPDT

About This Item

Add a switch without adding a hole. Sized to fit more guitars.
On these top quality CTS control pots, the switch contacts are on the side, not the back. This makes them shorter, so they'll fit most guitars without routing—only 1" cavity depth is needed.

The double-pole double-throw switch adds lots of wiring options. Pull the knob to coil-cut a humbucker, switch a pickup in/out, or control anything: the switch is electrically separate from the control pot.

CTS pots have long been the first choice in American guitars. CTS worked with StewMac to create these unique control pots. In addition to their space-saving size, they feature a longer-life brass shaft and tighter ±10% resistance tolerance compared to CTS products offered elsewhere.

Their precision audio taper gives smoother, more accurate response than you'll get with economy pots. The volume swells evenly from 0 to 10, with no abrupt changes.

Available with split shaft for fine-knurled (24-spline) knob, or with smooth shaft to fit a set-screw knob. The long shaft #0229 fits Les Paul® and other 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)
Required cavity depth 1" (25.4mm)

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

Wiring the CTS DPDT Push-Pull Pot

How to wire the CTS DPDT Push Pull Pots.

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5.0

Push/Pull POT

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Verified Buyer


I have these in 4 of my guitars, by far THE highest quality P/P POT I have found!
Not only the potentiometer itself but the switch itself. Don't waste your $ on anything less.

3.0

Great pots, not as easy a using lugs for connections

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Verified Buyer


These are really quality pots and feel like they can take a beating. I'm glad StewMac put together the data sheet on these since that was impossible to find through regular searches on the web. Not as easy to solder if you don't have some practice. I'm ok, but not great and found these a bit tight and difficult to work with, soldering on the PCB.

3.0

Minimum required cavity depth understated

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Verified Buyer


I tried to install this pot in an SG, whose cavities are naturally shallow due to the thinness of the guitar. According to the advertised dimensions, this pot should have worked, but it did not. To make it fit, I had to remove the inner locknut, but doing so resulted in the post protruding too far outside the body, thus preventing the control knob from riding close enough to the body. If one could abide the ugliness of the end result, then I suppose the pot would work. I, for one, could not. I consider this a flaw in advertising, not a flaw in the product. I have no reason to doubt the quality of the pot. It simply does not fit as described.

Response from StewMac


Hi Peter,

We're very sorry to hear that these CTS Push-pull Pots weren't the right fit for your SG. Remember, your satisfaction is guaranteed. If you would like to speak with our Customer Support Team about a refund for this product, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-848-2273. We look forward to helping you with this.

4.0

Great Pots, but.....

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Verified Buyer


They work great but I found myself having to get very creative on routing the wires. I used 4 of them in a Les Paul Studio that I gutted and rewired for a customer. He wanted the Jimmy Page setup and with all the wiring involved the push pull solder points seem too tight up to the main lugs on the pot. If I were to do that job again I would probably use a pot with the 6 exposed lugs on the body of the switch. I am sure it would be much easier to solder it up.

3.0

Dpdt quality switch.

By

Verified Buyer


Wiring instructions are NOT good.

5.0

My favorite push/pull pot

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Verified Buyer


I love the feel & taper of this push/pull pot. All of the other manufacturers have a very loose, cheap feeling pot. CTS makes this one feel just like their other pots, nice feeling turn & nice taper. I also like the soldering terminals on this pot.

4.0

Very smooth, not as small as appears

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Verified Buyer


These pots feel very nice: silky smooth action. However, hey are not as small/short as many of the descriptions and the reviews would have you believe. They are actually bigger than the Bourne mini pots that I was hoping to replace. I will keep them for another project: I still like how smooth they feel.

3.0

Only pot that will fit

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Verified Buyer


Installed these short shaft push pull pots in a 2014 Gibson Melody Maker. Had to remove PC board assy and route the control cavity a bit for them to fit. They are the shortest assemblies I found in my search.
Not sure if I like them, the audio taper is too steep and only a minor touch from full-on really cuts the volume. I may try a resistor network to re-taper the curve a bit.

5.0

SG

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Verified Buyer


Just fits inside a 2018 SG. Works like a champ to toggle my mini buckers from series to parallel coils. Give me a nice clean and bright sound with a pull of the knob.

4.0

Pretty good !

By

Verified Buyer


A lot going on in a small package , I had no problem soldering the dpdt switch , it’s a tight fit but works great ! Most of the pot is plastic , there is metal to solder your grounds to but a small metal tab would make it easier. I will use this again

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