I am surprised the middle pickup actually got this much love (26% as I write this.) It has always been my favorite Strat pickup. It's just extremely versatile. If you need warmer, neck pup territory you just pick closer to the neck and if you really need it dark roll the tone off a bit. Need something more bright and strident? Just pick closer to the bridge, tone control wide open. I mention the tone control and it's something a lot of players don't utilize. I like my Strat's set up for neck on tone control 1 and middle and bridge on tone 2, although neck & middle sharing 1 and just bridge on 2 also has it's own thing going on. For instance in the second position (middle & bridge), you can independently control the tone of each pickup. I think once one is either off or dimed there's a cancellation or something but for those mild tonal shadings it's worth messing with.