Best pots for guitar in Import sizing...?

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  1. megatonic

    megatonic Silver Supporting Member

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    I use CTS for guitars with that size pot/shaft.
    What about for import guitars? is there a high quality replacement?
     
  2. LBXPDX

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    Alphas are actually pretty good. I bought the GFS XGP pots, but they actually have the same shaft thickness as CTS with import knob spline size, just an FYI.
     
  3. Crunchtime

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    I would just use a reamer and enlarge pot holes for full size pots.
     
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    I would use a hand reamer like this. Much more control than using power tool and around 10 dollars.

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    This. Easy and low risk.
     
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    Doesn't CTS make metric pots now? I've used Alpha and they've been just fine...
     
  8. hunter

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    After messing around with all the permutations and combinations of pot diameter, shaft length, shaft diameter, pot taper, spline count and all that I finally took what turned out to be simple approach, got a rat tail file and enlarged the hole for standard CTS. There is a good video out there that shows a method of taping a pot washer on the top and using it as a guide to get the hole size just right. It worked like a charm and I never felt like there was any danger since the file approach is slow and steady.

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    I know on my bass you simply could not fit full-size CTS pots in there, because each pot has a tiny round recess for the pot to fit into. Anything larger would either need a long shaft or there'd need to be some wood-cutting done.
    I was interested to see where folks are buying Metric pots that fit. I was unsuccessful both times I ordered & had to buy volume pots directly from Ibanez for a princely sum.
     

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