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hitting middle pickup on strat! argghhh

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by DrSax, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. DrSax

    DrSax Member

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    No matter what I do, i can't get used to that darn middle pickup getting in the way!! I always try to go back to a strat because i love the neck pickup sound, but i usually end up in disgust because the darn middle pickup is right where I like to pick. I guess I could lower it down all the way, but sometimes i use positions 2 and 4 so won't it screw that up?

    My tele and my Paul, sooo comfortable.
     
  2. RockStarNick

    RockStarNick Supporting Member

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    You and mr Richie Blackmore... always complaining about their middle strat pickups! hahaha just kidding.

    :roll
     
  3. kurtsstuff

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    Can't play em either.....lots of great guitars out there but the middle pickup always kills it for me
     
  4. 1973Marshall

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    There is no "real" answer

    you can get a bright, loud middle pup and lower it a lot and possibly retain the tones you like. Honestly, I feel a lower placed, but bright MID pup gives you a LOT O QUACK and hollowness.

    The middle pup thing doesn't bother me so much, but I will admit if you place it close enough to the strings it gets in my way.
     
  5. Sparky6string

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    I hear ya, and I also tend to hit the switch when I play. Gets annoying. I think I remember some pickup that's actually placed below the pickguard though.
     
  6. guitaraddict

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    I can't stand it either. I always end up lowering mine way down. The volume knob location drives me crazy to!
     
  7. eyeball987

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    I can't either. I have bought and sold two strats for that very reason.
     
  8. Dana Olsen

    Dana Olsen Gold Supporting Member

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    Hey Doc -

    Like 1973 Marshall wrote, just try lowering the middle pickup and see if you can work around it. If you use psitions 2 and 4 more than the middle pickup alone, you might actualy prefer it w/ the middle pickup lower ....

    Good Luck, Dana O.
     
  9. bynt

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    Yeah, my repair buddy was telling me that Fralin told him that in his (L.F.'s) opinion, the best tone as far as a strat is concerned is with the pickups WAY low. You could maybe call Fralin and ask him. His customer service is legendary and word is that he's a super nice guy that loves to talk tone.
     
  10. gkoelling

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    I've never had a problem with the middle pup or the switch on a strat. I never really gave it much thought. I must pick/strum between the mid & bridge pups.
     
  11. GDking

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    My only complaint is that I hit the selector switch TO the middle position when I am doing fast funky stuff on the neck or neck/middle :)

    Put me in the never hit the actual pickup when jamming camp.
     
  12. Bhodie

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    Be like Robbie Robertson.. move the middle down to the bridge position.. looks like a humbucker.. but is just the middle next to the bridge.. Opens up the middle!
     
  13. atquinn

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    I started out my electric guitar playing life on a strat-oid, so the middle pickup never bothers me at all. Don't own any strats though; don't like how they sound (in my hands, that is! :D)

    -Austin
     
  14. GuitarMD

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    I added a Fralin baseplate onto my strat middle pickup. It is slightly more usable with the added bass response. I still get the nice hollow quack from the 2 and 4 positions as well.

    ~GuitarMD~
     
  15. buddastrat

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    Yngwie too. He lowers it all the way down and even disconnects it.

    I sometimes keep mine up high and practice over it, as a practice tool, to learn to use just the tip and not let the pick dig too deep. If I hit it, which I do sometimes, I feel my technique is not good enough and have to sit and practice over it for awhile.
     
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    I usually end up moving the volume out of the way more and lowering the middle enough to deal with it, but I have played Strat style guitars long enough now that I don't think I notice the mddle pup much anymore...
     
  17. FloridaSam

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    This guy had a problem too. I am really gonna make me a Robbiecaster one of these days.

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