Why CTS "VT" Vintage Taper Series Pots?
More then 100'000 "TVT" Pots sold !!!! Crazyparts CTS "VT"Series pots were designed for the guitarist who is looking for the ultimate quality and tonal guitar/Bass pots available.
Around 10 years ago we started ordering CTS Pots with Customspecs, we want the optimum, Quality, performance and tonal response from a guitar potentiometer along with the Vintage Taper of the good ol' Vintage pots, the "TVT" True-Vintage-Taper Series was born.
All "VT" Series pots are custombuild to our specs in the CTS Factory exclusive for Crazyparts... The "VT" Series feature a longer-life brass shaft and bushing. The lowest turnig touque ava. , and most improtant! a ±5-7% (in lot) resistance tolerance compared to Std. CTS Pots which have up to 20% tolerance and last but not least "Vintage correct tapers!" We take great pride in offering some of the best, most consistent potentiometers on the market today.
Lots of dealers and distributors offering CTS pots with a low tolerance which is great and meaningful...but what about the taper? (which is also important) in our opinion...
Vintage Pot Taper/Curve what does it means...enclose diagram of Central Lab...you clearly see "6" Taper of the early 50's pots was around 10%! ..means the pots works most in the 8-10range... we compared org. old Centralb lab and CTS pots (1960LP Std.-1963 Fender Strat-1965 Fender Tele) and found out that the taper curve in the 60's was slightly different...Central lab/CTS offered different tapers (5 in our resarch) in the 50'/60's too...so there is no exact or correct taper in our opinion when the web speak about "Vintage Taper".
A good set of pickups can make an average guitar incredible, and an incredible guitar...phenomenal...it can be a tone monster with the right electronics!
New CTS "SVT" Pot Series
Why we chose it that way?
Today CTS offers 7 different tapers, we decided to offer with out "VT" Series the two working and sounds Pots (Tapers) which are close to the good old Vintage Pots.
Our "TVT" pot...We checked all ava. Tapers from CTS and find out that Taper "B" of 15% works in our opinion best with todays equipment, this taper offers a nice control when roll down the volume and you have full control of your amp in higher gain settings to a nice full rich sounding crunch. This is the pot we recommend when you using a single channel amp and if you want maximum control. But like anything its depending on your own experience and needs.
Our New "SVT" Soft Vintage Taper pot has CTS Taper "H" 25% this is a nice option if the player prefer a med. gain or cleaner sound setting or want a softer sweep down in the lower Volume range, also here is the same...its depending on the players personal experience and taste.
Not only the K value of the pot has a tolerance...they Taper itself has a tolerance too...this is one of the reasons for choose the tapers too! A higher K value of the pots means a brighter sound, but its depending on players taste and experience too.
Std. CTS compared to our "TVT" CTS pot
Which Pot do you need...
Gibson Les Pauls that take long shaft pots:
50's & 60's Tributes
Historic '68 Custom RI
Gibson Les Pauls that take short shaft pots:
Historic R7 Custom
Les Paul Special's
Les Paul Jr.'s
Of course, with Gibson, there are lots of transitional changes, custom one-offs that may not follow the list.
ALL EPIPHONES TAKE SHORT SHAFT POTS!
(the only exception is the Epiphone Les Paul Elitist)
Tip: Long shaft pots will fit in ANY Les Paul; adjust the nuts for proper height above the top.