Cant find use of bridge pick up

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  1. ripgtr

    ripgtr Most Honored Senior Member

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    Turn the treble down on your amp.

    If you play a strat bridge through a tweed amp, you will quickly realize why Fender, in their 50s/60s manuals, list the bridge as the "Lead Pickup"
     
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    ripgtr Most Honored Senior Member

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    I made a living for a long time playing country on a strat bridge pickup.
     
  3. Axis29

    Axis29 Strat-O-Master

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    You're probably not gonna play Jazz on the bridge pickup....

    Jimmy Reed Blues stuff? Man, it's the trick!

    As others have said, it works well with dirt, a little or a lot. A little and you get that early Rock and Roll or Country sound. A lot and you get a whole new world to play with! LOL

    For years, I was convinced that the bridge pickup in any guitar was the lead pickup... I mean on Gibsons the neck is called the rhythm pickup, the bridge treble. When I finally got over the labels and started just paying attention to the sounds I was making, I started using the neck pickup for more leads and the bridge pickup for more rhythm!

    Wanna really get out of your comfort zone? Start picking that bridge pickup really close to the saddles and hold that pick really stiffly!
     
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    GuitsrGeorge Strat-Talker

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    Connecting the bridge pickup to a tone control makes all the difference in the world.

    Why didn’t Leo think of that?
     
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  5. ripgtr

    ripgtr Most Honored Senior Member

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    Play a strat through a tweed amp. It didn't need one.
     
  6. Hydr0

    Hydr0 Senior Stratmaster

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    Ah gotcha, I use it mostly for crunch and distortion/fuzz and it’s my fav pick up for that purpose. Cleans, I mostly uses the other positions, but sometime go for the bridge when I want that extra bite.

    if you don’t like it, I guess you could change to a different pick-up there, maybe a hot rail or something or maybe add a mid-boost circuit. Otherwise, I’d suggest to just use the other 4 positions you prefer. There is no rule you need to use all five positions when playing a strat :)
     
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  7. StratUp

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    If there was ever a pickup that screamed for a tone control (some pun there) it is the bridge on a Strat.
     
  8. fos1

    fos1 Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Beautiful and clean playing - switch set to bridge pickup.

    Did anyone notice all of those amps on the back of the stage? !!
     
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    EC Strat Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    They cut nicely when you give them some punch / OD / Fuzz. I dial mine down to around 6 on the tone knob when I go to the bridge

    on my main guitar, I have an SSL 5 loaded so I use the bridge quite a bit. That thing rocks!
     
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  10. joesatch

    joesatch Strat-Talker

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    listen to any Jeff Beck album in the past 20 years. Most of it is bridge single coil
     
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    ThreeChordWonder Senior Stratmaster

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    This unknown 50s artist had a use for the bridge....


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    ThreeChordWonder Senior Stratmaster

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    In case you don't recognize him:


     
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    SIngles Forever Strat-O-Master

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    I used to think like you until I discovered the tone knob. Now the bridge is my favourite position.

    Put the tone knob at about 5 or 6 and get a sound with lots of gain. Crunch territory. You'll get this phenomenally squishy, bouncy p90 like tone that is thoroughly addictive.

    Message me for my address so you can send me the thank you money.
     
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  14. diogoguitar

    diogoguitar Senior Stratmaster

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    It took me a while to figure it out, but 2 things that worked for me:
    1. Use a darker bridge pickup (like Fender fat 50s...it's great)
    2. Roll off the tone pot by 20-30%
    For 2, not all strats have the bridge pu wired to a tone pot... but it's a really easy mod
     
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    train Worlds largest private army Silver Member

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    Ah the mix cutter. Love it , don’t need it much with the advent of pedals. I like all three or b and n together. Modern design tube amp.
     
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    doublechinmask Strat-Talk Member

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    A lots of good suggestion I am going to try.Maybe i gave up on it too soon.

    Sorry to all of you bridge pick up lovers if I spoke too harsh against your favored position .
     
  17. ripgtr

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    Or turn down the treble on the amp. Strats and teles were invented when amps didn't have a lot of high end. Modern amps can be so bright guitar players are always looking for ways to fatten them up.
     
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    PCollen Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    IYHO, of course. Many, amateurs and professionals, will disagree.
     
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  19. The Strat Dude

    The Strat Dude Posy rules!

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    Thanks for apologizing that really hurt ;). To each your own, but I am most of the time in a pickup on a bridge. Or in a van down by the river, but whatever. :whistling::D
     
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    hwy1strat Strat-O-Master

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    This is precisely the reason why I primarily play HSS Strats. Out of my 22 Strats only 3 are SSS…and even those have stacked singles in them.
    I have absolutely no use for a single coil Strat bridge pickup!
     
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