New CTS "SVT" Pot Series
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 9 years ago we was not satisfy with the quality of the Standard CTS Pots and we ordered a Custombuild Series with the specs of our choice. We want the optimum, Quality, performance and tonal response from a guitar potentiometer along with the Vintage Taper of the good ol' Gibson and Fender Pots, the "TVT" True-Vintage-Taper Series was born. Crazyparts was one of the first companies offered the Customordered Pots.
These specially designed "TVT" CTS feature a longer-life brass shaft and bushing. TVT pots feature a tighter ±5-7% (in lot) resistance tolerance compared to Std. CTS Pots which have up to 20% tolerance. We take great pride in offering some of the best, most consistent potentiometers on the market today.
A good set of pickups can make an average guitar incredible, and an incredible guitar...phenomenal...if your guitar sounds good unplugged, it can be a tone monster with the right electronics!
Also another important part is the guitar pot......we have ordered CTS pots that are build to our specs.....which are following!
Whats the difference and why?
Lots of dealers and distributors offers 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...here is a nice 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 7/8-10range... 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".
Why we chose it that way?
Today CTS offers 7 different tapers, taper A (see diagram) is the one normally comes closest to the old Central lab 10% taper, but we think its a little to hard since the taper doesn't match 100% identical and with todays materials (Carbon track in the past was much thinner and sounded slightly warmer and smoother) are different to nowadays materials available, same like old Pickupmagnets or old woods or other materials from the 50's. So we decided to offer a pot which is today works and sounds close to the good old Vintage Pots.
Our CTS "VT" Series pots are custommade for Crazyparts since 2009. They offer solid brass shaft and thread, compare to standard Zinc shaft, have the lowest turning tourque from CTS ava. along to the lowest tolerance of 10% (normally CTS pots have tolerance of around 20%) Hereby you need to know that the Tolerance means the K value and Taper. Not just the K Value.
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.
We sold more then 100'000 sold Custommade "TVT" pots since 2009 worldwide to happy customers, builder and dealers...For September we start offering our new CTS "SVT" pots...your welcome to check and find the pots which satisfy your needs...
CTS available Tapers
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.