So, now that I have a Strat with three singlecoils again, well, one I've been playing a lot of blues anyway, but two, I've been listening to a lot more Stevie Ray Vaughan. And, For the longest time I always associated his tone with the neck singlecoil of a Strat, but the more I listen and the more I play, I don;t think that's entirely true.
I'm *pretty sure* he does start off on the neck pickup here... But as soon as he hits the verse you can hear him switch to position 4, middle/bridge, and then while he jumps back to the neck after that, he goes back ands forth a bit, and then starts the solo on the bridge, before switching back and forth between either neck or middle/bridge and bridge a whole bunch, often note by note, it sounds, in the solo.
Honestly, on my Strat, I can cop this vibe a lit better in the in-between middle-bridge position than the neck, much to my surprise. Ditto with Pride and Joy, it wounds like he's there for most of the riffing, and then only switches to the neck pickup right at the end of the solo where it gets really warm and round sounding.
Anyway, SRV is impressive as hell, and part of that was just how adept he was at coaxing sounds out of a Strat.