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    Do you use it? I didn't for the longest time. Only the bridge-, neck and occasionally the out-of-phase positions but never the middle pickup. But these days I have found it quite useful when I'm playing with a clean sound. It's a perfect middle ground from the bridge pickups sharp and trebly sound and slightly less thick and undistinct tones I get from the neck pickup. I find myself using the neck pickup less and less whenever a clean tone is needed. Is the middle pickup the most overlooked one on strat type guitars?

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  • #2

    I like my middle pickup. Middle or bridge/middle 80%

     

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    • #3
      Sure, I use it.
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      • gardo
        gardo commented
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        I heard an interview with Robin Trower as he described the signature strat and the pickups he chose.

        When talking about the bridge p up he said they told me this was a good one so I put it in , I never use it anyway I'm always on the neck ,the middle or a combination of the two

         

        I found the interview

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tszq32jNRHQ


    • #4

      bierball wrote:

      the out-of-phase positions


      I wish people would learn what out-of-phase is.

      There is no out-of-phase pickup wiring option on factory Strats. Period. The only Fenders that I know of that came from the factory with the ability to do out-of-phase are the old DuoSonics that had two three-position pickup switches.

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      • Danhedonia
        Danhedonia commented
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        lz4005 wrote:

        bierball wrote:

        the out-of-phase positions


        I wish people would learn what out-of-phase is.

        There is no out-of-phase pickup wiring option on factory Strats. Period. The only Fenders that I know of that came from the factory with the ability to do out-of-phase are the old DuoSonics that had two three-position pickup switches.


        Mustangs.


    • #5

      There's this guy I know who uses the middle pickup a bit.  Last names Clapton.  Eric, I think.

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      • DeepEnd
        DeepEnd commented
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        Glad to hear from you guys. I'm relatively new to electrics and I have a Strat copy. I'd been under the impression I should avoid the middle pickup. Now I can use it without guilt.


    • #6

      I use it all the time...I've always been surprised at how many people just ignore it unless they want quack.  

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      • #7
        It's the all-or-nothing mentality, I guess.

        I like the middle pickup for rhythm playing, especially if you need to play strummy stuff and sit in there with the bass player.
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        • brandass
          brandass commented
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          I mostly use it for quack only, because I gravitate toward the extremes in tones - subtlety is not my forte!

          But I do appreciate pos 3 when searching for nicely balanced clean tones, and when others who really know what they're doing - like Clapton, Hendrix, and Gilmour - use it to amazing effect.


      • #8

        I'm probably on the middle 80-90% of the time, 2 or 4 when I bring da funk.  I hate the sound of a strat neck pickup.

        Add Jerry Garcia to the list of guys who lived on the middle pickup, first playing strats and then on his custom guitars.

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        • #9
          I use it sometimes, but the bridge pickup gets most of my love.

          One time I switched the neck and middle pickups without rewiring the guitar. Unscrew them and swap them in the pickguard if the wires are long enough. Leads to some interesting tones.
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          • Imthere
            Imthere commented
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            its the best one


          • BlackHatHunter
            BlackHatHunter commented
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            INteresting experiment. Could you expand on what different sonic palette you were able to obtain?


          • Davo17
            Davo17 commented
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            Middle=Jangle

        • #10

          bierball wrote:

          Do you use it? I didn't for the longest time. Only the bridge-, neck and occasionally the out-of-phase positions but never the middle pickup. But these days I have found it quite useful when I'm playing with a clean sound. It's a perfect middle ground from the bridge pickups sharp and trebly sound and slightly less thick and undistinct tones I get from the neck pickup. I find myself using the neck pickup less and less whenever a clean tone is needed. Is the middle pickup the most overlooked one on strat type guitars?




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          • Jan Deal
            Jan Deal commented
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            I'm all about using it for clean tones, but it's neck for bridge when I step on the fuzz. I've got lace sensor blue/silver/red in my strat. The silver in the middle just has a little bit more definition than the neck, so it's almost like a boost when doing clean lines.
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