Cts pot dating

cts pot dating

Do you know what CTS pots you have?

You’ve found some pots in the back of your parts drawer and they look like CTS pots but you have no idea what value or taper they are. No problem! Today we are going to examine the numbers stamped on the bottom of CTS pots and decode them so that you too can figure out what pots you have.

What is the CTS model number for a 450g pot?

The pot on the right has the following inscription: 450GT69K504B2S 1405 CTS . Now, let’s break down these codes: As we can see from the above diagram, 450G is the CTS model number of the pot (made specifically for guitars). So let’s get started with the first pot.

What is A potpot date?

Pot dates are a useful tool in guitar dating, but should always be used in conjunction with other known factors, such as hardware changes and serial numbers. Resistance values and taper Resistance values are normally listed. 250k, 500k and 1 Meg (1000k) being the most common.

What is the difference between CTS and Gibson pots?

One big exception to this code structure are OEM pots made by CTS for other companies. Many pots in circulation are stamped with an EP code, like EP086, instead of the 450G code. These are manufactured for Allparts. Gibson also has their own code sequence and I’m sure there are others as well.

How do you identify a CTS pot?

You always knew a CTS Pot because those letters were always on the back as well as the value (250K 0r 500K) and the letter A to indicate audio taper or the letter B to indicate linear taper. Recently, I ordered 4 what were supposed to be CTS pots from a popular online retailer.

Do you use OEM stock pots or CTS pots?

For 34 years of using these babies, Ive always used OEM stock pots or, when modifying, Ive always sworn by CTS. You always knew a CTS Pot because those letters were always on the back as well as the value (250K 0r 500K) and the letter A to indicate audio taper or the letter B to indicate linear taper.

What is the difference between CTS and Gibson pots?

One big exception to this code structure are OEM pots made by CTS for other companies. Many pots in circulation are stamped with an EP code, like EP086, instead of the 450G code. These are manufactured for Allparts. Gibson also has their own code sequence and I’m sure there are others as well.

What is the difference between CTS and 137?

Newer pots are now stamped with CTS, but older pots will be stamped with 137, which is the code designated for CTS pots. Let’s check the second pot.

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