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CTS Pot Pack for Gibson, 500K Audio, 2 Volume, 2 Push/Pull (PP02)

CTS Pot Pack for Gibson, 500K Audio, 2 Volume, 2 Push/Pull (PP02)

Regular price $46.79 USD
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Includes (2) Standard Pots

  • 500k audio taper (logarithmic)
  • Split, knurled shaft (24 teeth), for push-on knobs
  • 3/8-32 UTS bushing thread
  • .500" bushing length, long enough for rear-routed guitars
  • Low torque

Includes (2) PP02 Push/Pull Pots

  • Solder free, just insert a wire and tighten the screw!
  • 500k/250k audio taper (logarithmic)
  • Split, knurled shaft (24 teeth), for push-on knobs
  • 3/8-32 UTS bushing thread
  • .500" bushing length, long enough for rear-routed guitars
  • Screwdriver included

ToneShaper Pot Packs give you the top-quality components you need to wire your guitar, adding tonal flexibility with the most versatile and highest-quality parts available.

Cool Switching Options = Tonal Flexibility
This Pot Pack for Les Paul style guitars gives you two standard pots and two push/pulls, plus documentation for wiring in one of three unique ways that will add lots of tonal flexibility to your guitar. Please be aware that this kit is optimized for guitars with 4-conductor pickups - pickups with vintage-style braided leads will not allow you to utilize the flexibility offered by these pots.

All four pots have a 1/2" bushing length, which we've found is the perfect length for use in rear-routed guitars. We find the pot lengths offered by other merchants to be either too short (3/8") or longer than needed (3/4"). Since most guitar makers shoot for a top thickness of 1/4" at the control locations, 1/2" bushings allow you to install the pots with the appropriate lockwashers on the inside of the guitar, while being long enough that you can get a flat washer and a nut on the outside of the guitar.

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.

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! We offer two versions of our push/pull:

Option One: PP01 (500k)
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 (INCLUDED WITH THIS KIT) (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

Based on 1 review
Todd Wayne
High Quality Parts.

So, why not 5 stars? 2 minor-ish things.
1) The log taper volume pots were useful in the 7-10 range, and effectively 0 otherwise. There could be several reasons for this, and the application of treble bleed (parallel R/C) addressed the issue.
2) Why are there .022uF caps between the vol and tone pots in the wiring diagrams? I use the switches on the tone circuit boards to achieve the desired effect...

I used the series/parallel wiring diagram (minus the shown .022 Capacitors; just wires) with Railhammer pickups in a kit LesPaul style guitar. Killer Hum Free Tones!

Hi, thanks for the nice review! Sorry about the confusion regarding the .022µF caps, not sure what to think about that as a quick review confirms that our PP02 docs don't show external caps. We're wondering if we sent you a doc for our PP01 pots by mistake. Anyway, glad it all worked out in the end, thanks for your business!

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