What is the BEST pickup position on a SSS Strat?

If you could only use one pickup on your SSS Strat for the rest of your life which would you chose?

  • Bridge

    Votes: 21 15.1%
  • Middle

    Votes: 32 23.0%
  • Neck

    Votes: 86 61.9%

  • Total voters


Senior Stratmaster
Jun 15, 2007
One of the great things about the Strat is that you can get so many tone variation put of it, And I like to get my money's worth. Depending on what song, or type of music, you are playing, the Strat can usually deliver a fitting tone, Personally, I seldom use the bridge pickup by itself.

El Gobernador

fezz parka
Apr 21, 2011
Nunyo, BZ
Please stay tuned for our next poll: What’s the best chord to play on your Strat?


Senior Stratmaster
Feb 3, 2016
Mesquite, Texas
Same here but then I got my Eric Johnson Strat and the bridge pickup on it is amazing. I also like the #2 position with a bunch of gain and the tone control cranked back (on the bridge pickup).

I’m really happy with the bridge pick up on my Eric Johnson….and yes #2 is great as well. I almost always play with with at least a small amount of gain, to crunch and it’s just perfect.


Senior Stratmaster
Platinum Supporting Member
Apr 27, 2013
Oconomowoc, WI
I voted for the neck pickup position, but on my Eric Johnson Stratocaster the bridge pickup is fantastic.

And, the previous owner installed a push-push pot on the 2nd tone control to add the neck pickup to positions 1 & 2. Icing on the cake.


Jan 12, 2021
New York
I thought about adding the blended pick up options in the poll but intentionally left them out. I wanted to see what people would chose if they were forced into one of the 3 standard pickup settings. In the mind of the guitar designers those were the only three options. But I agree that it is great that the Strat offers many more possibilities with 5-way switches and blend pots etc.