Middle pickup appreciation thread.

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Telepirate86, May 23, 2020.

  1. Telepirate86

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    The few times I play my strat, I like and use the middle position quite a lot.
     
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    I have the middle pickup on one of my strats wired wide open, (tone bypass) and I love it.
     
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    Love it on the right Strat. Great for rhythm stuff.
     
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    I use it more for "live" playing than recording.
     
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    It's a good default rock position with some gain.
     
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    Watch videos of Clapton, Bonnie Raitt and Lowell George.

    They spend a lot of time on the middle pickup.

    I actually use it quite often.
     
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    been mostly a strat player for years but I never used that p-up, really only neck and the 2 quack positions. but recently I was trying to get something like a robin trower tone, with an ocd, deja vibe and a touch of delay. neck p-up was too mushy and sort of indistinct. bridge too bridgey and spiky. I remember reading interviews where robin said he used mostly the middle p-up on bridge of sighs, so I tried that and it was pretty much exactly what I was after.

    that is the first time I ever deliberately used the middle p-up on a strat. I've been using it clean and dirty both since - it's a great sound!

    Lenny Kaye who plays with patti smith has a strat with only a middle p-up.
     
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    The middle pickup on my avatar Telecaster is gone now. I use the middle VN pickup on my MIA Strat about as often as the others. I also have a FCS ‘69 Strat. I use the middle pickup on that one more than 80% of the time when playing finger style. The touch sensitivity is amazing as is the range of tones I get varying where I pick. I like the tone from a thumb nail upstroke where the attack is then slightly blunted by the skin beside the nail for blues. Middle pickup goodness comes from having the right middle pickup and having put in the time to develop the technique to get the most from it. An FCS Strat doesn’t hurt either.
     
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    On a Strat ( or with both pickups together on a Tele) the middle PU ( clean or with a little breakup) it's a great diving board for R&B/ Country double stops or slurs, B.B. King style blues, Rockabilly, Dickey Betts.

    Of course it's really knowing the playing of these styles, that gets you there, but the middle PU is a great tool to put you in a direction with Tone, when you are holding a Fender vs. a Gibson or a Gretsch
     
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    That's why I bought a Nashville Deluxe with a Strat Pup in the middle.
     
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    I love you using the middle pickup on my Strat practice in that quite a bit
     
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    The middle pickup is an oft-unsung champ. Not only does it make for the Strat's unique "between" tones, but it also sounds great on its own. Want something less bassy than the neck but fuller than the bridge? Go middle ;)

    Lots of Strat players seem to like pushing the middle pickup down low to make for the quackiest of quack tones, but I prefer to set each pickup so that it sounds the best it can on its own and let the chips fall where they may from there. Admittedly, though, the in-between settings are something I haven't really taken advantage of until recently.
     
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    It's the reason I got a Strat! Great for rhythm where you want to take the edge off but still have some clarity in the mix.
     
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    I only use it for slide, but I use nothing else for that. A Zexcoil vintage hot with compression. Perfect
     
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    Being an early Robin Trower fan(early 70's), I've always had a thing for the Strat middle pickup.

    It's the bridge pickup alone I didn't care for.
     
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    Ever see Paul Simon's White Strat? It's got one pickup, the middle one.
     
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    I love this one. It's in the vicinity of 16k I believe. The neck and bridge are around 8k. Blended offers some of the most heavy crunch, to naisel, to the creamiest tones I've played to date.[​IMG]

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