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Emerson Pro CTS Pots

Emerson Pro CTS Pots

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

Item # 0226
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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

Item # 0226-S
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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

The only pots I use

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Yes they are more expensive than regular CTS pots...but the taper is great and the feel is amazing. I've used these to repair a player grade 69 ES-335 that had a pot go out.

5.0

Great, long lasting

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Verified Buyer


High quality pots, as expected from CTS. The only difference from these from the regular CTS pots, as far as I can tell, is tighter tolerance and lower torque shaft. Sound and quality wise I really don't think they're any better than the regular CTS stuff, but if you like very fast turning shaft the emerson is good. Some may not like this since the pot will turn even if you touch it slightly, so if like higher torque go for the regular CTS pot.

5.0

Best pots available

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Verified Buyer


These pots are awesome. The meter in about 5ohms from the stamped value. Smooth turning, an a very smooth taper. They cost a little more, and be aware of the shaft and bushing size, but they are worth a couple more bucks!

5.0

GREAT CUSTOM TAPER POTS

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great custom taper pots, smooth volume and tone transitions.

3.0

I thought these were the best

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Verified Buyer


I bought these over the normal CTS pots thinking they were the best.
Turns out they are different than what I'm normally used to with CTS pots.
These are "wobbly" compared to the normal pots. Very noticeable when you put the knobs on and actuate them.
Yes, they are very smooth and have little resistance to turning but the wobble factor is unacceptable.
They actually rattle and make noise.
From now on I will just buy the normal CTS pots in a larger amount and find the closest balance pots and use them.

2.0

As others have said...tons of play.

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Just put these in a custom semi-hollow body (customer supplied.) To say I am disappointed is pretty much an understatement. As with almost all CTS pots these days, they have a ton of play in the shaft, and they feel scratchy and loose. Time will tell if they last, but if my experience with most other CTS pots is any indication, they aren't long for this earth. I recommend the Stewmac 10% CTS, and Dunlop Super Pots instead. I've had great experiences with both of those.

5.0

excellent pots!

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Verified Buyer


Very good quality pots!

3.0

Just OK!

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Verified Buyer


These pots work OK, but the shafts wobbles around in housing and they feel "cheap." They are noisy when you go to use them. Very loose and offer "no" resistance when you turn them. I have used other pots that don't rattle and have a smooth feeling when rotating the shaft. These sound good, but I don't like how they feel.

5.0

Open Sesame!

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Verified Buyer


I bought a second-hand built DIY Tele that i completely rewired as an Esquire and upgraded w/parts I already purchased from Stewmac like a CRL 3-way switch, a Switchcraft jack, an Electrosocket, a triple string tree, a Tusq nut and economic tuners that work 100% better than the old ones that kept slipping. The 250K Alpha pots remain until I decided to swap em out for CTS pots as i did with the premium kit in my 1st Tele but this time I upped the ante by opening my 7.5K SC pickup w/Emerson Pro CTS (500K volume & 250K tone) pots and they were long overdue for this guitar...thanks Stewmac!

5.0

Excellent feel and taper

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Verified Buyer


I haven’t tried tons of pots out, but these are way better than the stock ones were on my instruments. They have a nice smooth feel and move more easily than the regular CTS or alpha stuff.

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