Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by ilitch, Nov 14, 2017.
How do you number the five pickups positions in a Stratocaster?
I start at the bridge.
Fender is the only entity I can recall who labels the neck pickup as #1. What the hell do they know about a Stratocaster switch anyway? Geez, the nerve of some people!
I also like to refer to the bridge as the #1 position, all the while knowing I am dead wrong.
Bridge is position 1.
They don't, thus you are right!
Although I voted bridge (seems logical to me) I recall that Fender does number it the other way around.
Well that was easy.
Wow, I was pretty sure I read it somewhere that it was the other way.
Ok; case closed.
Apparently that has changed. Just went to Fender.com and indeed they label it as Blix posted.
Strat position names? Jimi, Stevie, Eric, Mark and Pete. Jimi is neck position of course. Bridge position was a stretch...Pete played Teles and LPs mostly but the tone is there.
Twang, Quack, Honk, Squawk, Thunk
But the neck pick up can be YOUR number one, if you want it to.
That's too many dang positions no matter where you start. 3 max. We must end the legitimizing of those bastard 2 & 4 positions
Most of the diagrams I've seen (excluding the one posted earlier in this thread) label the neck as 1. It doesn't feel right to me. On the other hand, calling the bridge "1" feels only slightly less wrong. I don't think they should be called by numbers. Just say neck, N-M, middle, B-N and bridge. It ain't that hard.
I'm not sure it ever changed? That picture is from years back (pre S1-switching).
Because we read from left to right, I count the positions from left to right.
Therefore, position 1 is the neck, and position 5 is the bridge.
I have always found it curious that some players (and some guitar companies) number the positions backwards and upwards. This seems to me deliberately perverse.
As an aside, Fender are among the companies numbering backwards from right to left, while some other companies, including Peavey, number from left to right.
At some point I succumbed to the convention of bridge as #1, since that is how most people seem to do it on youtube vids and articles, etc. But to me the neck will always be the #1, because that is how I imagined it since I was a kid, and the neck always seemed the most useful and coolest sound to me, of the five settings.
Bridge is #1 of course. Sorry, Charlie, Esquires beat ES-150's in a big way.
I name bridge position 1 because must people do but in reality neck would be logical. Mr Spock told me so I don't want to argue this.