Middle pickup appreciation thread.

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

  1. Bruxist

    Bruxist Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    It is my favourite for squeaky clean tones.
     
  2. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Jimmy Vaughan approves
     
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  3. MilwMark

    MilwMark Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    My go to live rhythm tone tends to be middle. Bridge for leads. Neck for special effects.
     
  4. shupe13

    shupe13 Tele-Holic

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    As far as my Strats go, I'm not a huge fan of the middle pickup alone, but love the 2 and 4 combinations.

    Sent from my REVVLPLUS C3701A using Tapatalk
     
  5. Retrobob

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    The best sounding middle pickup I have tried is the Eric Johnson set.
     
  6. christophervolu

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    On a 335 all day.
     
  7. Verne Bunsen

    Verne Bunsen Tele-Afflicted

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    Love me some middle pickup! I think they sound best when you route the hole for them yourself...
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  9. Axegrinder77

    Axegrinder77 Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    Since I swapped my strat bridge to something fatter, I now use the middle for something resembling the former vintage bridge pickup
     
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  10. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Anson Funderburgh...the middle pickup man!
    I also have a guitar with 3 humbuckers, 3 P90s, one with 1 P90 in the middle, and an old Kay with a single Hershey bar in the middle.
    Crank the treble on the amp and use the guitar tone knobs to dial up what you need!
     
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  11. guspac88

    guspac88 Tele-Meister

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    Count me in on strats! The only guitars I don't like them in are teles, and that's just because I think teles with those strat style single coil middle pickups ugly. If I'm not inspired to pick up a guitar, I don't care what it sounds like.
     
  12. 68Telebass

    68Telebass Tele-Afflicted

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    Yes...”I don't always play my Strat, but when I do, I tend to favor the middle pickup...a lot.”

    (Mad props to “The Most Interesting Man in the World)

    Sounds just great on its own-
     
  13. StoogeSurfer

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    I guess I'm the outlier. Never could bond with this this sound. I would always take position #4 over #3, but otherwise spend most of time with the neck, and/or a swapped out bridge (twangbanger) pickup.
     
  14. uriah1

    uriah1 Telefied Gold Supporter

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    Never would touch that worthless center position
    good for nothing.
    But, I have really been trying.
    Went to Middle pickup haters anonymous too.
     
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  15. Ecadad

    Ecadad Tele-Holic

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    For recording, I love it. Less round than the neck, not as sharp as the bridge, with no quacking or chime.
     
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  16. Zepfan

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    A guitar with one pickup in the middle with 1 volume and 1 tone can mimic any of the other pickup positions just by tweaking those controls.

    Can't get sufficient quack without a middle pickup on a Strat or those fat and noiseless humbucking tones either.

    Can't even imagine a Strat without the middle pickup unless it's a H/H Strat, but then they can't quack like the S/S/S Strat without some pedal effect.
     
  17. 4pickupguy

    4pickupguy Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    The sound I use the least on a strat. Chris Buck just release a video on the subject though..
     
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  18. joe_cpwe

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    I agree on all points made about the middle pickup, very useful.

    Especially with a band, I rarely use positions 2 & 4. They're too scooped and get lost in the mix, for my test anyway.
     
  19. SPUDCASTER

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    Just watched the Cream Albert Hall Reunion.

    Clapton on a black Strat and the lionshare of the time on the middle pickup.

    Albert Lee has been using his Jetson Caster almost exclusively. He gets his lunch eaten by the Tele players tone and cutting through a mix.

    Maybe he needs to use the middle pickup more often.
     
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  20. DavidP

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    I have a Reverend Slingshot Custom (3 P90s) and hang out alot in the middle position on it.
     
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