#1
The middle pickup on a strat is giving me problems, i keep hitting it with the pick The space between the pickup and the string is just too small, i dono what to do but its very annoying.

Anyone else with the same problem ?
#2
You could always remove the middle pickup. You could even get a pickguard made that covers the space for the middle pickup.
#4
Lower the pickup?
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#5
Get it set up... a £750 guitar isn't worth a shit unless its set up properly. It'll only set you back £45 tops.

Your action is either too low or the pup is too high... Or you're strumming too hard?
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#6
Did you set up the pickup heights or a professional luthier? The reason I asked is if the heights are not within "range" of where they should be then this will happen and also you tone will not sound right The following is the "norm" setup for pickups but there are some musicians that change this ONLY SLIGHTLY. Stevie Ray Vaughan had his high but not as much as you would think.
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#7
If the pickup height is correct then it is like Hammett said, your action is too low. If you need the setting for the action send me a message and I can send you the settings for the type guitar you have.

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#8
Lower the pickup OR vary your picking location [ever heard of "Dynamics"?]
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#9
I lowered the middle pickup on my strat. Even still, i'm used to playing my LP and Explorer, so i still hit the screws for it. I think you'll just get used to it man.
#11
My middle pickup is very low, almost flush with the pickguard. This stops my pick from hitting it, and also provides a very different sound when I use the middle pickup, or neck and middle, which I don't really use all too much unless I'm playing something clean, and want a less over powering sound.
#12
Yea i can relate to your prob. i got rid of my prob. the day i SOLD the THING , you,ve got some good advise, so hopfully you will solve your prob. ROCK ON ROCK HARD!!!!
#13
A pickup with a stronger magnet would give you the freedom to lower it a bit more - you could lower the stock pickup but you'd lose a lot of volume and clarity.
#15
Only way to to it is to change your picking technique. Try to pick in between the pickups instead of over them.
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Only way to to it is to change your picking technique. Try to pick in between the pickups instead of over them.

This, if you want to keep the strat you'll just have to change and get used to it. Though if you never use the middle pickup you could lower it til it's out of the way.
#17
dont change your picking style over one guitar. unless you really think thats worth it. i had the same issue on my mexi strat but there were other things quite annoying about that guitar, so it was a better decision to get rid of it.

id recommend lowering the mid pup like a few people said. just for tonal purposes you're better off leaving it in there. i like what necromaster said


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#18
yeah, i went from a les paul to a strat and whenever i would palm mute anything my pick would hit the middle pickup... its all a matter of getting used to, its not a serious problem just change your picking technique to accommodate the middle pickup
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#19
I typically strum between the neck and middle pickup, so I've never had to deal with the issue (also, I learned how to play on a Strat-copy).
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#20
Just changing your picking location a cm or two does the trick. I had this problem, but within a day of realising it, I wasn't doing it anymore. Or you can just sort out your strumming/picking tech, as you probably shouldn't be digging that much behind the strings. Not efficient (which isn't a problem for blues, but would be for precision metal etc).
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Lower the pickup OR vary your picking location [ever heard of "Dynamics"?]



best route to take. lowering the pick up is a poor way to fix the problem. pick closer to the bridge or above the pick up. closer to the bridge where the strings are tighter will give you a bit more bite in your playing also. plus struming in the same spot is limiting in the different things you can do with your guitar. specially if you play a strat that has all single coils.
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#22
1. Lower pickup.
2. Move closer to the neck or bridge. As Les Paul put it, don't go in-between if you want mellow do mellow, if you want twangy do twangy. But don't mix them, then you get neither.
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#23
Thx for alll the replys, i tried to lower the pickup but it didnt sound good at all, might have to get a stronger pickup like someone said.

Palm muting is the main problem, i don't know how i can do anything about that because if i move my wrist a little bit more forward i mute too much and if i move it back i dont mute enough.
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Just changing your picking location a cm or two does the trick. I had this problem, but within a day of realising it, I wasn't doing it anymore. Or you can just sort out your strumming/picking tech, as you probably shouldn't be digging that much behind the strings. Not efficient (which isn't a problem for blues, but would be for precision metal etc).



glad i looked beofre i posted. how much are you digging the pick into the strings? there should still be more than enough room to strum freely. you need to hit the strings with the edge of the pick. your pick really shouldnt be going blow the strings. your hand placement might be fine it's just you're using too much of the pick to strum with.
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#26
Move your right hand a centimeter to the left. Woot! Problem solved!

Or just go take a scredriver and make the pup lower man, this is an easy problem to get rid of :x
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