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    Middle pickups...does anyone actually use them?

    Those who own HSH or SSH guitars...do you ever actually use the middle pickup for anything?

    I've noticed more and more that pretty much everything I try them for just feels like a neutered version of one of the other positions, like it does lots of things ok-ish without doing anything especially well. I do however love combinding it with the bridge or neck pickup (in single or humbucker mode), but the sound on its own leaves me so indifferent I've been serious contemplating slapping a superswitch in my Jackson and wiring it so the middle position is neck and bridge together instead.

    Anyone else find this?
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    "In fact, it's the only power, all others being a semblance and mockery of it. But you must also not care about possessing the power itself. So fuck it."

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    My Strat has the traditional SSS setup, but even then there are certain things for which I think the middle pickup in isolation is great. I like the fact that it's not quite as smooth as the neck, nor nowhere near as spiky as the bridge.

    EDIT: I did have the 'Sultans of Swing' video here, but it seems that Mark uses the bridge and middle pickups together for that one.

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    I used the middle in my shitty old Starcaster but usually just to make the annoying humming stop

    The "Middle" pickup in the SC8 I use though I do like playing around with the different pickups when I can.

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    I do, but very rarely, though it does sound nice for cleans when finger picking.

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    I use the middle pickup on my HSS guitars for bluesy type sounds. I never use the one on my HSH guitar.

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    on my strat i use it mainly in conjunction with the other 2. but alone it can do a good dick dale sound.

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    I can't use the middle pickup in my strat. It's right where I pick, so I have to have it buried in the pickguard otherwise I smack the crap out of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    I can't use the middle pickup in my strat. It's right where I pick, so I have to have it buried in the pickguard otherwise I smack the crap out of it.
    ^this......that's why I don't own any more guitars with either H-s-s or H-s-H...

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