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  • Squier 2021 Contemporary Strat Special (SS-S): Gimmick or Genius?

    I'm fascinated with the new Squier strat specials:

    https://shop.fender.com/en-US/squier...370230506.html

    The middle pickup is shifted toward the bridge, right up against the bridge pickup, for "a unique variety of dynamically responsive settings." I assume there's no special switching going on, just a moved middle.

    I can't decide whether my obsession is just with the look, or if the shifted pickup actually serves a purpose. What advantages or different sounds would this open up? And has anyone here played a similar configuration?

  • #2
    robbie robertson did that on his strat(s) in the 70s. there is special switching on those squires which i would probably rip out and wire it normally with a push/pull for putting the bridge & middle in series.

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    • #3
      Ah, I see it now in the fine print:

      Position 1. Bridge and Middle (Series, Hum-Cancelling), 2. Middle, 3. Middle and Neck (Parallel), 4. Bridge, Middle and Neck, 5. Neck

      I'd probably do the same. Never been a fan off all three at once.

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      • #4
        me neither and id like the bridge by itself as well as the normal bridge/middle in parallel setting

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        • #5
          Kinda looks like something one of us would cook up.

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          • #6
            No bridge by itself is lame, but I’d trade bridge/middle parallel for series.
            "Patience is key. Hard work is obligatory. And itís the decisions you make right now, not the habits of the past, that will shape your success in the future." - Janek Gwizdala

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            • #7
              Steve Morse did something similar, although the bridge pickup was a humbucker. I am intrigued. I am wondering if there is a series option with those 2 pickups.
              Dave, Ambassador/Writer/Artist for Seymour Duncan

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              • #8
                Heck, yank the stock stuff and put in whatever floats your boat. I'd go with Lace Sensor or Bill Lawrence units for something studio quiet and plenty of sounds for the stage.

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                • #9
                  I really like this idea. You can do 2 neck pickups too if you're more of a neck pickup guy and get 2 variations of ur favorite pup position. I want to experiment more with this but my guitars are tied up with other pickguards at the moment. I'm sure I'll continue with this idea tho. I just wired the 5 way switch like normal.

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                  • #10
                    I say genius
                    Originally posted by Bad City
                    He's got the crowd on his side and the blue jean lights in his eyes...

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                    • #11
                      In any case, any variation of a Strat is to be celebrated these days. They have re-mixed so many different features, there is no way to keep all of the models straight.
                      Dave, Ambassador/Writer/Artist for Seymour Duncan

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Mincer View Post
                        In any case, any variation of a Strat is to be celebrated these days. They have re-mixed so many different features, there is no way to keep all of the models straight.
                        That's how I felt when I saw this. Between this and the Paranormals, I'm glad to see Fender finally mixing it up instead of wallowing in the minutiae of body profiles and neck specs.

                        It's also really refreshing to hear that some of you guys like the bridge on its own. I thought I was a weirdo for liking that sound.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Mononoaware View Post
                          It's also really refreshing to hear that some of you guys like the bridge on its own. I thought I was a weirdo for liking that sound.
                          As long as it has at least a little more ass than the neck and middle, I love the Strat bridge pickup sound, single or humbucker. If you’re into modern blues, Kirk Fletcher is typically a Strat guy who rides the bridge pickup.
                          "Patience is key. Hard work is obligatory. And itís the decisions you make right now, not the habits of the past, that will shape your success in the future." - Janek Gwizdala

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                          • #14
                            Can't complain about the matching headstock and body color (at least on the black model)
                            Originally posted by crusty philtrum
                            Anyone who *sings* at me through their teeth deserves to have a bus drive through their face
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                            • #15
                              I think the configuration is a great innovation (though I've known about this and wanted to try it since Robbie Robertson did it), and pointed this one out in the 'next guitar' thread.

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