My volume potentiometer totally froze on me and I couldn't turn it up or down anymore. So I bought some CTS 500K Potentiometers to replace it. Then I tried to install them but they were too thick!

The one's on the Ibanez are just a HAIR thinner, and so the hole/slot thing in the guitar where you put the pots through were too small for my new pots. Then, the awesome looking knobs don't even fit either. The holes are just a little bit too small!

I don't really know what to do or what to look for. I definitely needed solid shaft ones because there's a screw that holds the knob and the pot together. I obviously went 500k because I only have 1 volume and 1 tone control.

So do I have to buy a certain series of a potentiometer or what?

This is so tedious! I just wanna be able to hear my guitar again.
I also got a CrunchLab and Liquifire to replace the V7/V8 combo. Hopefully it sounds great.