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CTS 500k/250k Audio/Log Push-Pull Pot, Solder-Free (2 Pack)

CTS 500k/250k Audio/Log Push-Pull Pot, Solder-Free (2 Pack)

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This is a 2-pack of our PP02 pot.

  • Solder free!
  • 500k/250k (selectable) audio taper
  • Split, knurled shaft (24 teeth), for push-on knobs
  • Included sleeve turns split-shaft pot into 1/4" solid-shaft for setscrew knobs
  • 3/8-32 UTS bushing thread
  • .500" bushing length, long enough for rear-routed guitars
  • Screwdriver included

The best guitar pots we're aware of are made by CTS, and these CTS push/pull pots combine that great CTS quality with the convenience of a built-in DPDT switch that can be used for many things: coil splitting, phase reverse, series/parallel, and more.

DOES NOT FIT IN TELE ROUT
The circuit board hanging out on one side prevents this pot from fitting in a standard Telecaster control cavity.

Our Solderless Version Solves a Problem
When we first saw the CTS DPDT push/pull pots we knew they'd be somewhat daunting to solder to, as the wire connections for the switch are made via holes in the circuit board. You have to stick the wire into the hole, try to hold it in place without wiggling it, then solder it to the circuit board. There's not much room, and once a couple of wires are in place it gets pretty crowded. The three pot contacts are straightforward and easy to solder to, but the six holes for the switch contacts are anything but, unless you're an experienced solderer.

The ToneShaper Solution
Our pots use screw-down terminal blocks: insert the wire, tighten the screw, done! Easy peasy, and we even provide the screwdriver. The terminal block has nine slots: three for the pot, and six for the switch, so no soldering is required at all. Pay a few bucks extra and save yourself a bunch of hassle!

Option One: PP01 (500k)
We offer two versions of our push/pull. PP01 is just a straight-ahead push/pull, it does exactly what any push/pull pot does, nothing more and nothing less, but it's fully solderless.

Option Two: PP02 (Use as 500k or 250k)
Our PP02 pot is just like our PP01 but with several additional features built-in, and you can enable or defeat these options using the mini-DIP switches:

  • Engage a resistor to drop the pot loading from 500k to 250k
  • Built-in treble bleed may be engaged (when used as a volume control)
  • Choose from seven built-in capacitor values (when used as a tone control)
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Customer Reviews

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Jason Woolver
Works with no fuss

After soldering and resoldering other pots in trial and error efforts to figure out how I wanted to wire my pickups, I found these. The set screws make it easy. The table bypass feature didn’t wow me, but did do something. Works and works well.

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Blackbird Custom Guitars
Solderless Push/pull Pots

They work great. What else can I say. I use them all the time as they make pre-wiring a breeze.
George at Toneshapers is always very helpful if you have questions.

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James Douglas

Have not received items yet
Sure they will be great when they get hete

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Jeremiah

These were super fun to work with. They were extremely overboard for what I needed. Although in the long run I will have many options if needed. The sound of my guitar is excellent. These are very large Pots but fit very nicely for me in even a very small cavity in an Ibanez RG.

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Thomas S.
Very Cool Device! Worth The Price!

These pots have actually become a very quick go to for my current and future builds. They can become anything you need them to be and wire up fairly easily depending on what you're using them for. The built in circuitry and dip-switches are also a real game changer.

A couple gripes; not all relevant instructions are included with the pots upon delivery, and they do have a slight learning curve in how to make a good ground connection, which unfortunately seems to involve soldering to the pot casing. These are personal gripes though, so I won't dock points for it.

ToneShapers was super helpful in helping me figure out my gripes via email, so also not docking points for what was me just not knowing the solution.

In the future, hopefully, I'd like to see these pots implement the "gnd 1" lug that the simpler Core pots have for fully solderless installation.

All-in-all, these are a cool and easy to use solution. And I will be shopping at ToneShapers again for my next guitar project.

Warren Haynes

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