The middle pickup on my Strat sat unused, gathering dust for almost 20 years (!) before I started using it. I could understand bridge pickup for bright tone, neck for fat tone, positions 2 and 4 for funky Strat quack... but could never think about the middle pickup. And then I joined an originals band and now the middle pickup suddenly made sense... not as bright as bridge nor fat as the neck, but with a bit of the flavour of both... if I want jangle I pick closer to the bridge, fatter tone I pick closer away. I use a Fendery- bluesy overdriven tone with it, and sometimes a compressor for extra sustain... what a great, versatile tone! Anyone else like the middle pickup a lot? Or have good examples of its use?