Middle Pickup position.

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  1. Cosmic Cowboy

    Cosmic Cowboy Tele-Holic

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    On a strat I spend the majority of time on the neck pickup, with the bridge getting some solo time, the middle gets played rarely.

    On a tele, I use the middle (Both pickups) quite a bit more. It definately has a great rhythm thing happening.
     
  2. Telenator

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    My Suhr Pro Series 3 (think soloist) has a devastating middle pickup sound that incites and inspires! I use it all the time.
     
  3. pippoman

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    Steve Cropper used the middle Tele position a lot in the studio and bridge live(or vice versa). I mostly use bridge and neck, but I’ve been using the middle a lot more lately and I like it. I’m using American Standard Teles with stock pickups. What’s wrong with me?!
     
  4. El Reclusa

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    I use the middle fairly often on both my Strat and the Bass VI, rarely on my Tele, a lot on both Jag and Jazzmaster. On the Jag, I have Johnny Marr wiring and use the forward, both/series position too, though I use the parallel "middle" more often.
     
  5. scottser

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    i live in the middle position on the tele and the neck on a strat usually. i do like all positions on the tele but i don't really use the strat's bridge because i haven't wired it to a tone pot yet.
     
  6. Marblatx

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    I almost always run both on my "Tele". I still get a good "twang" and the tone knob really dials in something else when I need it.
     
  7. Ochotona

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    Mostly middle on my T (Am Pro I pickups) because it sounds so articulate and pure. Mostly neck on my S (Van Zandt blues pickups), but I do use the middle quite a bit. Especially with effects as I think it has the most pure sound of the notes. Also because my bridge pickup is pretty bright. I find myself using all 3 pickups on my Strat clone quite a bit lately too for a super clear clean Jerry Garcia kind of sound - sort of the other middle position.
     
  8. Andy ZZ

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    If you pay close attantion to SRV, you'll notice that part of his signature tone, on certain songs, was the middle Start Pickup only.
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    I have a 2012 Am. Standard Strat with fat 50s and the middle pickup I use mostly and give the neck pickup some love along the way. The bridge is a little bright for my bedroom amps 67-VC, 68-PR, and can sing pretty good with my 69 SR but still not my favorite. For some reason 2 and 4 I never really jelled with, to me there is something off, when I want Humbucker type sound I use my SG
     
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    On my old Telecaster, it is wired to use both pickups in middle position and with my rock band I am in that position probably most of the time, but I use neck and bridge pickups depending on the song, or part of a song. If I really want to cut through and be strong on a section it is the bridge pickup I will go to, but the middle position gives a good balanced tone within the sonic landscape of my band.
     
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    On all my electrics (no Strat):

    Neck - Often.
    Middle - Sometimes.
    Bridge - Almost never.
     
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    +1 SRV famously used the Strat middle pickup.
    Many Tele players use either the bridge or combo neck+bridge and more rarely neck alone.



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  13. Novak

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    I default to the middle position on my Telecaster; I'm on that pickup about 80% of the time. This position produces a bright and vibrant sound and the hum is reduced when the switch is in the middle position. This is where I play when I'm practicing and learning things in front at home of my computer. I've got the neck pickup set up louder than the bridge (or combined) position; I switch to it for leads and I don't need a "booster" pedal. Hardly ever use the bridge pickup alone unless I really need to "cut through".
     
  14. jayhawknavy02

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    Bingo. I am a big fan of the 4 way switch to obtain a quasi "humbucker with benefits" position in series with the Cavalier fat pickups. For high gain stuff, the bridge rocks.
     
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    If I pulled the neck and bridge pickups out from my Strat I wouldn't really miss them.
     
  16. tele_savales

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    I use the middle position when I'm dialing in new builds because it's humbucking on most of my guitars and I can check for noise. Then i SLAM it on to the bridge pickup.
     
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    I have a California Series Tele factory equipped with a humbucker @ neck, and a Tex-Mex s.c. @ bridge. It has a 5-position switch. The middle position engages both pups.
     
  18. Gris

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    I use a firebird ‘mini-HB’ in neck & a trad Tele SC bridge PU, so they're quite diff and used for completely diff sounds. Middle is great too tho. It’s all good man.
     
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  19. Buell

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    Holy crap, am I the only one who uses the bridge pickup the majority of the time? I reckon I'm gonna have to change things up....nah.
     
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  20. PeteWaller

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    Strat pickup in the neck and Seymour Duncan QP in the bridge. Never use the middle position it just doesn't sound nice, but the neck is a stunning sound clean and with a little overdrive and only use the bridge with quite a bit of overdrive pedal for lead and some rhythm, never use it with a clean sound.
     
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