Strange sss configuration. Anyone tried it?

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  1. Bluego1

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    That’s two single coils in the bridge. On first glance, I thought it was a humbucker but they actually just butted the middle pickup up near the bridge. Has anyone played one of these? Does it just act like a humbucker?
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    Squier contemporary stratocaster special

    Squier wiki shows the switch /pickup configuration

    Setting 1 bridge & middle in series
     
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    Fender describe it as SSS configuration, comes with a 4 pole super switch. There is no bridge only position so it is effectively HSS.
    Position 1. Bridge and Middle (Series, Hum-Cancelling),
    Position 2. Middle,
    Position 3. Middle and Neck (Parallel),
    Position 4. Bridge, Middle and Neck,
    Position 5. Neck

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    Inspired by Robbie Robertson?
     
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    I think Robbie Robertson of the Band had something similar... Yeah, check out Fender's CS Last Waltz strat.
     
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    The old John Jorgensen Fender custom shop Telecaster
    had two in the bridge like that and also ttwo in the neck.
     
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    Hmmmm… says the little GAS devil on my shoulder. A pickup configuration you don’t have…
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    I thought of making something like that a while back but butted side to side like a humbucker. You get the humbucker advantage and when you split the 'bucker you don't get that "thin" sound that comes from a regular split. You get true single coil. Best of both worlds. Sort of. It's going to sound different than most Gibson humbuckers but every sound is a sound someone likes. My thought was to do both neck and bridge... I mean, why not?

    Oh, and after I thought of it, I discovered people were already doing it. Of course.
     
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    Here's the Fender John Jorgensen CS:
     
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    90s Fender Telecaster Plus models had something similar, Lace Sensor single at the neck and 2 LS pickups at the bridge
     
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    The design was shown on the 2019 Fender Custom Shop Road Show. It certainly wasn’t at a Squier price point. It was a rock oriented guitar. I was surprised how different the bridge and near bridge pickups sounded. The two pickups near the bridge had unexpected girdth when played together. I saw it as more of a curiosity than anything else. Something for the guy who has three Stratocasters already and money to burn. At a Squier price point, the design makes more sense for customers looking for cool and unusual at an affordable price.
     
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    I saw that on the Sweetwater site and thought it was pretty cool. I have a Squier Strat and I don’t particularly like the bridge pickup sound. Even before seeing the ad I thought of moving the middle pickup down by the bridge pickup so that position 2 would be humbucker.

    No, I haven’t done it.
     
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    Another thing is getting the neck and bridge pickups playing together. You typically don’t get that on a Strat. We did
     
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    I thought these were cool when I first saw them. I've given some thought to setting up my Squier Strat as a ss Mustang/Strat hybrid with a custom pearloid pickguard, Mustang-style solid pickup covers, and a 4 way Tele switch, but this is tempting, too. I've got the superswitch in my parts box.
     
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    Robbie set that up because he kept hitting the middle pickup mags with his pick.
    I set up something similar with no neck pickup just for two bridge sounds.
     
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    I have that on my Classic Player's 50s Strat. Its "there"...but I don't find the tone all that interesting. I'm tempted to have the pickup wiring changed to a typical Strat 5-way setup. What am I missing?
     
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