The middle pickup...

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Jackie Treehorn, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. Jackie Treehorn

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    Does it interfere with your picking technique?

    The middle pickup location doesn't bother me. Just curious if anyone lowers it down a bit to keep it out of the way.
     
  2. ArlenBucy

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    I don't have any problems with it. I tend to pick all over the place anyhow. By the bridge, in the middle, over the fretboard, behind the nut, where ever my hands roam to.
     
  3. Jimi Hendrix

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    No, have no problem with it.
     
  4. Release

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    Nope, no problems either.
     
  5. Shades of Blue

    Shades of Blue Most Honored Senior Member

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    If you have an issue with hitting the mid pickup, then your mid pickup may be too high to start with.

    I usually pick between the neck and mid pups anyways, closer to the neck. I rarely play around the middle.
     
  6. johnreardon

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    No problem to me either. I adapt my right hand technique to what ever guitar I play. Unless the strings are 0.00000000000000001 inch above the pickup, I have no issues
     
  7. still_fiddlin

    still_fiddlin Senior Stratmaster

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    Not at all.
     
  8. patl

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    I'll break the rhythm here and say 'sometimes', especially when I've been playing Teles a lot recently. But it's yet another illustration that proves that I'm a hack :)
     
  9. ArlenBucy

    ArlenBucy Senior Stratmaster

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    That would be 1 x 10^-17 in scientific notation if anyone was interested. Which is smaller than the diameter of hydrogen atom. Sorry I'm going to be a physicist so I can't help myself.
     
  10. StratmanNick

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    No problems here either.

    Though I have heard some criticism of the third (middle) pick-up on Rickenbackers for getting in the way. Though those pick-ups are chunkier and thus more cramped for space.
     
  11. gaddis

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    No problems whatsoever here.
     
  12. Diamond Jim

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    Not a problem for me unless I'm using a thumbpick. But that's my fault.
     
  13. midifarm

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    Not here either. I too tend to roam, where ever I feel I need to be to get the tone I want.
     
  14. Kuroyama

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    ROOoooaaamm if you want TOOOOOO! Roooaamm around the WOOOORLLD!!

    ...ahem... sorry... No, problems here
     
  15. Offshore Angler

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    Jackie, it's weird. On a Strat I have no porblem. But give me a Tele with a middle pickup and I'm cursing it after a few minutes. Figure that one out.
     
  16. stratluvr

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    I dont have any problems. But IMHO i would have to be really getting the pic deep into the strings to hit the pup..
     
  17. Shades of Blue

    Shades of Blue Most Honored Senior Member

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    you know, i had this problem with the VG Strat. I HATED that extra Roland pickup at the bridge...I did hit that one from time to time. Plus, that guitar is just ugly.
     
  18. StratGuy68

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    No trouble here. I had a three-pickup Rickenbacker once that I was able to play with no problems. I read somewhere that John Lennon disconnected the middle pickups on all of his because the sound of his pick hitting them could be heard in the studio, but he never removed them.
     
  19. Fenderon

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    No problems here, maybe subconsciously your a Tele player.
     
  20. ruger9

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    YES. I'm a tele guy (and a PRS, and a Gretsch,) so I'm not used to anything being there. I just got my 1st strat in 20 years... and I'm hiting the middle pickup. I can lower it, but that lessens the signature "quack" in positions 2 & 4. I guess I'll just have to get used to it...