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Strat People, How do you not bump the Pickup Selector?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Gridlock, Mar 25, 2020.

  1. Gridlock

    Gridlock Strat-Talker

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    I’ve been primarily a Les Paul player since I was a teenager and I’ve almost always used Les Pauls with my bands. I’ve never had a problem with accidentally switching pickups with my Les Pauls but a different story with a Stratocaster.

    I’ve owned Strats for many years but primarily used them for at-home practice. I have been on a SRV bing lately and been playing my Strats almost every night. I primarily use the neck pickup on my two Strats. It seems that I can’t help but bump the pickup selector into the middle or bridge pickup positions accidentally throughout a song.

    Is there an quick easy fix/trick without modding my guitars? Some quick (easily reversible) way to make the selector more stationary?

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  2. The Strat Dude

    The Strat Dude Sticker bushes and Posy rules! Strat-Talk Supporter

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    the more you practice with it the more used to it you will become, and then eventually you will love the control layout.
     
  3. fezz parka

    fezz parka Duke of Dilligaf Strat-Talk Supporter

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    You just don't hit it. Same for the volume knob.

    Watch SRV play. Even with all of that flailing about...he hits it when he wants to. Same goes for everyone else. You get familiar with your shizz. Familiarity comes with practice. :)
     
  4. AcrylicSuperman

    AcrylicSuperman Strat-Talker

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    I tend to lay my pinky around my volume knob and keep my hand at the bridge. I tend not to flail my arm aggressively.
     
  5. rgbedard

    rgbedard non-compliant Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I have the same problem; happens less frequently as you get used to it. Thought I would never get used to the volume knob also, but hardly ever unintentionally adjust that anymore ...
     
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  6. Relaxing at Cam

    Relaxing at Cam Strat-Talker

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    Depending on how you play, a Strat might not be for you. Playing near the bridge, for example, works on a Gibson, because the controls are below and behind it. If you play near the bridge on a Strat, running into the controls is more likely.
     
  7. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Senior Stratmaster

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    Flip your switch around the other way ;)
     
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  8. knh555

    knh555 Senior Stratmaster

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    I mostly fingerpick. The pickup selector is well out of the way. Try that ;-)

    Seriously though, it just comes with practice and familiarity.
     
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  9. 3bolt79

    3bolt79 Most Honored Senior Member

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    When I got my first Strat, back whenImwas a teenager in 1983, I used to hit the volume knob all the time. Well I got used to it, after a couple of months and it just doesn’t happen to me any more. And I never hit the selector switch.
     
  10. Jason D

    Jason D Senior Stratmaster

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    I just don’t hit it. Eventually you get the hang of it. I love where the switch is. I have a harder time when the switch on the bottom horn, actually. Just have to change your technique.
     
  11. mikej89

    mikej89 Senior Stratmaster

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    I've never had that issue but I'm a bit of a finesse player.
     
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  12. HighwayStar106

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    I do that occasionally. Ironically, 'quality' switches like Oak Grigsby or CRL are worse in that respect because they're a lot smoother and quicker to use. The 20+ year old cheap one in my Legend is great because it takes so much force to move it, it generally stays put. :D
     
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    Agtronic Strat-Talker

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    I've never heard of this being an issue with Strats. I've been playing mine since 2001 and I have to say, I don't think it has happened a single time. And I do get physical with it at times. It seems that the switch is pretty far away from where I play. And I have done the whole raking across the entire front of the guitar pretty often, but my picking hand tends to go down in front of the switch, not inline with it. But I guess we all have a different playing style. As others have said, you might just need more time getting used to it.
     
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  14. Stratwrangler

    Stratwrangler Senior Stratmaster

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    All down to technique and practice no big secret fix.
     
  15. Syd Vega

    Syd Vega Strat-Talker

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    When I got into Strats I was aware that many players complain about this. From the start I got used to pick slightly above the middle pickup (towards the neck) as the "base". Sounds much better than picking at the bridge usually, too.

    Never had problems with the strat controls because of this, I think they are placed very well actually.
     
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  16. gretev

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    Gotta say, I am surprised this is not a complaint one hears more often. I started out playing Les Pauls too and have since played many, many Strats and have always had the same problem. The pickup selector switch is right in the path of my strumming trajectory. I bump it with my hand very often.
     
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    GuitLoop Strat-Talker

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    The more you play your strat the less you will hit it. I used to hit the volume knob all the time. I never hit it now and don't even think about it anymore.
     
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    I use duct take to make sure the switch doesn't move....
     
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    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Never been an issue for as as I pick and strum between the neck and middle pickups, nowhere near the knobs or switch. When I first started playing my instructor tried getting me to rest my palm on the bridge and that felt really awkward to me, not to mention I don't care for the sounds that picking and strumming that far back produces.
     
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    Familiarity with the instrument, and practice.
     
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