Emerson Pro CTS Pots

Emerson Pro CTS Pots

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Emerson Pro CTS Pots Split shaft, 250K-ohm

Split shaft, 250K-ohm

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Emerson Pro CTS Pots Split shaft, 500K-ohm

Split shaft, 500K-ohm

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Emerson Pro CTS Pots Split shaft, 1 meg-ohm

Split shaft, 1 meg-ohm

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Emerson Pro CTS Pots Long split shaft, 500K-ohm

Long split shaft, 500K-ohm

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Emerson Pro CTS Pots Solid shaft, 250K-ohm

Solid shaft, 250K-ohm

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Emerson Pro CTS Pots Solid shaft, 500K-ohm

Solid shaft, 500K-ohm

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Emerson Pro CTS Pots Solid shaft, 1 meg-ohm

Solid shaft, 1 meg-ohm

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Emerson Pro CTS Pots

About This Item

Lower drag, tighter tolerance and smoother taper. Individually tested control pots for demanding pro guitarists, developed by Emerson in cooperation with CTS.

  • 8% tolerance
  • Smooth, even volume taper from 1 to 10
  • Low drag for the smoothest feel

Why a "pro" pot? Emerson's Mitch Ingram explains:
"Pro CTS pots from Emerson Custom were designed to be the premium choice for the discerning guitarist looking for optimum performance and tonal response from a guitar potentiometer. They feature a longer-life brass shaft and bushing, and a tighter ±8% resistance tolerance. Each and every Emerson Pro CTS pot is hand tested to ensure that it meets or exceeds our stated tolerances. The proprietary custom audio taper was specially designed for a very smooth and accurate response when you roll up and down on the controls. Crank your guitar up to 10 and the volume swells all the way—no abrupt flattening to choke your playing style."

Erick Coleman, guitarist, repairman and StewMac tech advisor, adds:
"I use Emerson Pro CTS pots and really like the way they perform, as do the clients whose guitars I've installed them in. Precise, and with an even taper. No sudden jumps or cuts as you turn the dial. Low drag means they're easier to turn, giving you faster control. The bottom of the pot has the vintage look, too."

Emerson Pro CTS pots are available with fine-knurled split shaft, or with smooth shaft for set-screw knobs. A long-shaft split-knob 500K-ohm version fits Gibson Les Paul® and similar carved-top solidbodies.

Each pot includes a flat washer, lock washer, and two hex mounting nuts for custom height adjustment on a pickguard or control plate. 3/8"-diameter (9.52mm) mounting hole required.

Split-shaft pots
Shaft diameter 0.235" (5.95mm), fine knurling
Thread   3/8" x 32
Threaded portion height   3/8" (9.52mm)
Threaded portion height, long shaft   3/4" (19.05mm)
Required mounting hole diameter   3/8" (9.52mm)

Solid shaft pots
Shaft diameter 1/4" (6.35mm)
Thread   3/8" x 32
Threaded portion height   3/8" (9.52mm)
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. A 1-meg pot bleeds off even less than a 500K—try one if you want to hear your guitar "wide open."

1-meg pots are also ideal for piezo pickups, as the ultra high impedance piezo element is more adversely effected by conventional, lower-value pots than magnetic pickups.


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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 trouble…

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

Excellent taper pots

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Excellent, this is the only taper pot I will use.

5.0

Loose Emerson Pots

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I’ve noticed a few complaints about Emerson pots being too loose internally. I installed in a tele type set up that had knobs with a set screw. Had no problem, love the pots. They are smoother than std CTS pots but I was thinking if those having a problem may not be supporting the case while installing push on knobs. You might put in an extra note to be sure your thumb or something supports the case of the pot when using pushing knobs. Just a thought.

5.0

Great problem solver.

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I really like these pots.
Had a couple of guitars suffering from the old turn a quarter inch and the volume's all the way off problem.
Was skeptical it would make much difference but was pleasantly surprised.
Problem solved smooth volume decrease over entire range.
Will not use another pot now.

5.0

Emerson CTS Pots

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these are very high quality. the volume and tone change throughout the entire sweep, not just at the end.

5.0

quality parts

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learning as I go along, if u buy the best the project will have a better outcome.

5.0

excellent choice replacement.

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These worked well for replacing inexpensive originals. Larger body is nice.

5.0

good pot

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Perfect replacement, made a modern Strat sound new again. Gives a full sweep on the multi-meter. I'd buy again.

5.0

Best pots out there

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These are so worth the money, smooth control over time and volume.

5.0

Super smooth accurate pots

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Well worth the extra couple of bucks. Made a big difference in the tone of my bass.

5.0

Great product

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Standard CTS pots are quite good but I favor the Emerson brand. The connection mounts are on a board rather than direct in the pot. Just makes soldering easier. They also seem to provide better control and even a wider range. I do not see a problem with feeling too loose a contact, matter of opinion I suppose. They are worth the extra two dollars I think was the price difference.

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