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Telecaster Middle Position

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by fasteddie42, Feb 22, 2020.

  1. fasteddie42

    fasteddie42 Tele-Afflicted

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    Is it just me....or is the telecaster middle position cleaner than the bridge or neck?

    I set up my amps up loud and to break up when I really dig in and stay clean on single notes/picking lightly.

    I've been finding at these edge if breakup settings that I can use the middle parallel position to keep a bright/full clean tone with little to no breakup with less emphasis on keeping my picking really light and switch to the neck or bridge and get a hotter tone, even more so switching to the 4th in series position.

    I love that middle is clean, bridge is biting and hot, neck is warmer, and series is even rounder/thick and great for leads (I don't find the series position very useful for chording or rhythms at my amp settings).

    I really like focusing on getting my variety of sound from the switch/guitar knobs and this realisation sort of compounds that.

    Is it just me?

    I swear the middle parallel position is cleaner with less breakup.
     

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  2. Texicaster

    Texicaster Tele-Afflicted

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    Yep!

    I have trouble with terminology but I really dig the middle position! I can get more tones out of it by adjusting attack or kicking a pedal. I go bridge to make a point and neck when I want to pretend to sound like Bill Frissell....

    Bridge can pretty responsive too but almost too sensitive to picking dynamics; can only be pushed harsher it seems. I think it just requires more skill and technique than I have to get a fuller range with dynamics whereas the middle is just sweet and forgiving!

    Mine is stock wired '52 AVRI type with the 3 way.
     
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  3. LutherBurger

    LutherBurger Poster Extraordinaire

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    Nope. That's the way it works.
     
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  4. jackal

    jackal Friend of Leo's Platinum Supporter

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    Not surprising as the middle position will usually have a small volume drop compared to the other switch positions and has a different frequency response.
     
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    musicalmartin Poster Extraordinaire

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    Neck for jazz ,middle for country ,and bridge for rock and hot blues.Thats the way I do it any way .The 4 way position is sort of bluesy less bite more umph .
     
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    tah1962 Friend of Leo's

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    No, not just you. That’s exactly how I use my American Deluxe Tele with a 4-way switch. Works great.
     
  7. ShortintheSleeve

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    For a long time I only ever used the bridge pickup, but recently I've been experimenting with the middle pickup when I want a cleaner, chiming tone for atmospheric delay+reverb, and I've been pleased with the results.
     
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  8. fasteddie42

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    I'm spent such a long time on only the bridge or neck and fiddling with the knobs...

    I'm really digging setting the knobs and working the drive shaft!
     
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  9. AlbertoMilanese

    AlbertoMilanese Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Its the best position on the switch! Don't tell anyone, though...
     
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    fasteddie42 Tele-Afflicted

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    is it possible to wire a 4-way so that the series position is always wide open?
     
  11. Sinphenom

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    I find the Half out of phase parallel sound to be quite useful... the strat position 2’ish kind of sound ( bridge and muddle). It’s a variation to the tele mid position, but has a quirky snap.
     
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  12. Sinphenom

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    What do you mean by wide open?? No tone control??
     
  13. fasteddie42

    fasteddie42 Tele-Afflicted

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    Yeah.

    Ime whenever I use the series position, I have to dime the volume and tone and then adjust when I switch to something else.

    It'd be nice to have that 4th position no tone control.
     
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    That's where all the jangle is at! The bridge has more clarity and tone than the neck but it also sounds too raunchy and too bright for my taste! The neck sounds warm but too muddy and lacks clarity. But it balances with a stratty neck pickup in which would retain most of the highs that a brass cover would attenuate and will also retain the most clarity that a brass cover would attenuate too! And the middle has all the bells and whistles when it comes to tone!

    I liked the telecaster for most of its jangly tones but usually in a combination of a custom neck pickup. like a a tele neck pickup with a plastic cover but it has the pole pieces exposed. I know that Teles aren't considered for jangly stuff but I prefer them to even Rickenbackers! To me Rickenbackers are wannabe-teles with of course a better neck pickup!! Lol To me a tele with the right pickups can even beat a Rickenbacker in terms of clarity and tone!

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  15. Sinphenom

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    I can think of a way to do it in a 5 way super switch situation. Not sure about the 4 way switch though.
     
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    I can think of a way to do it in a 5 way super switch situation. Not sure about the 4 way switch though
     
  17. tery

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    It may depend on which pickups are in your Tele ?
     
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    It’s my go to setting for strummed rhythm.
    Sounds great!
     
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    That's the way it works. I love the bridge position but it's for "special occasions". Neck and middle especially are the ones i use the most for clean sounds.
     
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    I like it! In fact, it's my favourite switch position..:)
     
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