Strat players 5 way switch

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  1. tbar

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    Do you use all the positions on the 5 way switch
    and can you give an example of when you would use each position
    thanks
     
  2. mickslick

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    I use 1, 3 and 5 - The out of phase 2 and 4 are just too ducky for me. 1 (neck) - Clean with surreal effects / bluesy jazzy stuff / smooth leads; 3 (middle) - Mostly strong clean, when I need to cut through a bit more; 5 (bridge) - This is your overdrive / distortion friend, strong overdrive to big distortion + kick butt cut through overdriven lead.
     
  3. HoboMan

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    When I had a Strat 5, 4 & 1 were my favorites.
     
  4. steelhead

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    I use em all. Position 2 for SRV's Lenny, tremolo sounds a little better in this position, and of course switching to position 5 towards the end. Position 4 used least, but with songs that have lots of trem or a lot of reverb, very useful (i.e. surf music). Pretty good chickin-pickin in position 4 and 5.
     
  5. MartinC

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    1,3,5 if using more than mild OD
    2,4 for clean sparkly, funky rhythm
    1,3 for bluesy lead
    5 for lead with classic rock+ levels of OD
     
  6. VaughnC

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    Depending on the song and my mood at the moment, I use all five Strat positions through the course of a gig...but tend to use 1, 3, & 5 much more than 2 & 4. However, it drives me bonkers when I hear someone playing a chorused Strat on positions 2 or 4 all night long...talk about a worn out tone, geez ;).
     
  7. Motorhed

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    I don't ever seem to use just the middle alone so I've been thining about having my strats rewired so the middle position is the neck and bridge together.
     
  8. Stratofuzz

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    In order of preference;
    Position 3 (50% off the time)
    Then position 1 (20%)
    Then 5 (20%)
    Then 4 (10%)
    I just don't dig position 2 much
     
  9. guitarfish

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    Some great classic tones were done with 2 & 4 positions - back when Fender only had 3 way switches, some players used matchbooks jammed in there to hold the switch at the 2 & 4 positions. A couple that come to mind are Sultans of Swing and Bell Bottom Blues. Incidentally, I use pos. 2 a lot, love it.
     
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    My favorites is 1 2 3 4 and 5
     
  11. Redbell

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    All 5, sometimes in the same song!
     
  12. Carbohydrates

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    1. I like this setting. Pretty aggressive with a nice... bite, I guess. I use it for lead work a lot.
    2. One of my favorite rhythm settings, this is also the traditional strat tone to my ears. I use this for anything barred, as well. For some reason it just sounds killer doing chords higher up the fretboard.
    3. This is my go-to / default setting. It's my other favorite rhythm tone and easily my favorite clean tone for the crystal, bell-like chime it seems to get. Very balanced. Handles OD very well, too.
    4. I don't use this much. It really sounds weak, much worse than 2 because of the lack of low end.
    5. Surf lead! Gets nice and powerful with distortion as well.
     
  13. Red Suede

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    An old Hendrix trick to get the 2 and 4 positions is to take the spring off the switch.
     
  14. Pietro

    Pietro 2-Voice Guitar Junkie and All-Around Awesome Guy

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    I LOVE the bridge alone, the neck alone, then neck-middle, then bridge-middle.

    I have never used position 3 on purpose.
     
  15. PVTele

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    I use all 5 at various times, but mainly:

    1 (neck) - ambient work, especially with EBow; worship leads
    2 (neck/middle) - blues, slightly crunchy; Gilmour-ish leads, with delay and a bit more overdrive
    3 (middle) - worship rhythm, any slightly country blues rhythm
    4 (middle/bridge) - blues lead, with rather more overdrive than 2
    5 (bridge) - some country-style worship songs, very clean; Yardbird-ish blues leads, lots of overdrive (everything on 11!)

    I find the quacky nature of 2 and 4 can be controlled very much by the amount of mid-range on the amp. Just twiddle the middle!
     
  16. buddastrat

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    I love four great sounds from the strat. The middle position doesn't get any love from me, it's sort've, blah and doesn't have character like all the other positions.

    I've always considered position 1 the bridge pickup, since that's Fender's way in their specs.
     
  17. PVTele

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    Darn! You're right... do you know I've never noticed that, and I must have looked at hundreds of Fender spec sheets over the years?
     
  18. 777

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    So why is it that 2 & 4 produce that quack/cluck? Teles & LP's don't do that, so something must be different.

    BTW, I like them all, but I particularly like 2 & 4, primarily because those are the tones that no other guitars produce
     
  19. homerayvaughan

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    I use all 5. It depends on my mood I suppose as to which I am using, but I don't stay in one spot too long. After all, there's 5 positions (well, I have one that has 7, but I digress...)
     
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  20. Shiny McShine

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    Yes, I like all the positions including a few that I made up myself.
     

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