For middle position pickup, what to buy?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by Vosk, Aug 24, 2006.

  1. Vosk

    Vosk Member

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    Hi,

    I'm looking at getting a pickup for my middle position, a humbucking one. However on the site it has listed only Neck and Bridge positions for sale. Which one do I get for the middle position?

    This is on a strat, btw.
     
  2. Tweeker

    Tweeker Supporting Member

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    The standard choice I believe is to use a neck position pickup for the middle slot. A pickup designed for the bridge may be too bottom heavy. I put a single size Duncan Screamin Demon in my Strat middle position and it contrasts nicely with the single coils in the neck and bridge.
     
  3. has-sound

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    In a "calibrated" set, the bridge pickup is usually a little to a lot hotter than the middle and neck. Alot of the time, the middle and neck are the same except that the middle is RPRW in the case of single coils.

    -Stan
     
  4. karma1

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    I'm not an expert on this, but from what I've heard, if you want to be able to get that famous Strat "quack" from your neck or bridge pickup in the 2 or 4 selector position, the middle pickup should be lower output than the neck or bridge pickups. Since humbuckers can be higher output, that might be something to consider.
     

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