- Oct 3, 2015
I also did not like the middle pu of my Strat.And because I got tired of that 2 and 4 quack positions I simply changed middle and bridge pickup on the selector switch to get a "neck and bridge pu" sound. Easy modification with great result.That reminds me that in the 90's I had replaced all 3 knobs in a Strat with 3 mini-toggles, with no volume or tone controls whatsoever. I think the longer-term goal was to then drill holes for a master vol and master tone somewhere in between the toggles, and probably just use significantly smaller knobs.
Going by memory, it actually worked out kind of well for some things. It's ultimately how I discovered that I really like using the neck and bridge pickups together - I think that sounds 1000% better than the middle pickup by itself does. Having said that, I think the Strat's middle pickup by itself lacks all the glorious overtones you can get from the neck pickup, and falls short of having the snarl and bite of the bridge pickup, making it a horribly tepid compromise of either one. I have no doubt I'm in the minority there, though.
My guitar buddies hated playing my Strat when it only had the 3 toggles in it. They thought I was nuts for not at least adding a volume control. It was just a phase for me, as I've always seen a Strat as an experimenter's platform - I just honestly can't use a 100% stock Strat.