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Alpha Control Pots

Alpha Control Pots

Alpha Control Pots 25K-ohm

25K-ohm

Item # 3755
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$10.36

12 or more $9.32
24 or more $8.81
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Alpha Control Pots 250K-ohm

250K-ohm

Item # 0128
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$3.16

12 or more $2.84
24 or more $2.69
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Alpha Control Pots 500K-ohm

500K-ohm

Item # 0130
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$3.16

12 or more $2.84
24 or more $2.69
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Alpha Control Pots 500K-ohm long shaft

500K-ohm long shaft

Item # 3482
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$9.32

12 or more $8.39
24 or more $7.92
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Alpha Control Pots 1 meg-ohm

1 meg-ohm

Item # 3481
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$5.41

12 or more $4.87
24 or more $4.60
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Alpha Control Pots

About This Item

Great price!
Alpha potentiometers are among the world's most widely used guitar tone and volume controls.

These are the familiar pots we've supplied for years in 25K, 250K, 500K, and 1 meg-ohm versions, plus a long-shaft 500K version for Les Paul style carved-top solidbodies. Great prices, too—luthiers and repair shops can save big on orders of 50 or more.

Each pot has an aluminum split shaft that fits a coarse-knurled (18-spline) knob.

Alpha pots are audio taper with standard ±20% resistance tolerance. Each pot includes a flat washer, lock washer, and two hex mounting nuts for custom height adjustment on a pickguard or control plate.

#3755 25K-ohm
For controlling the volume or tone of active pickups, or for use after the preamp of a piezo-saddle transducer bridge.
Shaft diameter 6mm split shaft, coarse knurling
Thread   M8 x 0.75
Threaded portion height   3/8" (9.52mm)
Required mounting hole diameter   5/16" (7.94mm)


#0128 250K-ohm & #0130 500K-ohm
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 attenuates even less than a 500K—try one if you want to hear your guitar "wide open."
Shaft diameter 6mm split shaft, coarse knurling
Thread M8 x 0.75
Threaded portion height 3/8" (9.52mm)
Required mounting hole diameter    5/16" (7.94mm)


#3482 500K-ohm, long shaft pot
For Les Paul and similar solidbody guitars.
Shaft diameter 6mm split shaft, coarse knurling
Thread   3/8" x 32
Threaded portion height   3/4" (19.05mm)
Required mounting hole diameter   3/8" (9.52mm)


#3481 1 Meg-ohm
Get the most out of your guitar with a 1 Meg-ohm pot. All pots bleed a certain amount of the signal to ground, this "attenuation" can be used to warm the sound of your guitar's pickups, but you can also run your guitar "wide open" with these 1 Meg-ohm pots!
Shaft diameter 6mm split shaft, coarse knurling
Thread   M8 x 0.75
Threaded portion height   3/8" (9.52mm)
Required mounting hole diameter   5/16" (7.94mm)


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 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.

25K pots are for controlling the volume or tone of active pickups, or for use after the preamp of a piezo-saddle transducer bridge.

Replacement Mounting Nuts and Lock Washers are also available.


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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 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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good control pots

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had a problem--swaped out the old pots for these--did the trick

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BUON PRODOTTO

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ne ho comprati 4 per una anaconda slash di mio fratello (epiphone) . buon funzionamento e non richiede nessuna modifica tipo i CTS , modifica rapida e semplice. ne acquisterò sicuramente altri 2 per la mia personale explorer . sono curioso di provare il pot CTS di Stewmac e anche i pot push/pull

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A good affordable option!

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I've actually have very good luck with the Alpha pots. Many players just can't afford the "Cadillac" pots! Especially the beginner / student / hobby players! Do I use them in my own guitars? Yes!

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as ordered

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good

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Good

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Nice pots. Arrived in good shape and exactly as advertised.

5.0

Fantastic Tone

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Does as advertised, great tone, easy install, extremely affordable.

4.0

Good quality pot

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Been using these for our lower-cost builds. They do a fine job and have low failure rates. They sound good.
Be aware they have a different shaft diameter than the CTS pots...

5.0

500 tone pot

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gives more clean tone. I like it.

5.0

fit perfect

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replaces Squire pots with these. worked well.

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Solid and Reliable

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I use StewMac's 250K and 500K audio pots for repair and/or upgrade jobs on Asian-made guitars and basses. They're smooth, solid and dependable. Here's a recent wiring upgrade job on a Fender ST-33R Stratocaster (Japan). The stock Gotoh 250K pots were replaced with Alphas, and the customer says his strat has suddenly "come alive."

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