#1
For some reason I found rg's with a middle pup annoying when picking.

Do you think the s470 would be the same?

I really dont think it adds much tonally and if anything the s320 looks better.
#2
If you pick really heavily and deep then I can imagine it might get in the way but to be honest you shouldn't really be picking so deep that you can hit the pickup anyway.

Personally I like the tone of the middle pickup on my S470 though; it definitely has its uses (low gain blues solos, funk rhythm).
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#3
Yeah, I tried an RG before and I'm used to having the strings higher off the body, so I'd hit the pickup with my pick on the RG. I've seen some S guitars in the stores and it looks like they'd probably be the same.
#5
^It'll look pretty fugly after that, EVH got away with it 20 years ago because ghetto looking guitars were his thing.
I'd say unless you want the most versatility out of a guitar, you can always lower the pickup into the guitar and that helps. You Will get used to it after a while, you'll just need a bit of time adapting to it
#7
really, it shouldnt be an issue. even if you dont like it now you will get used to it and the extra pickup will add versitility to your playing.
#8
That sort of thing bugs me sometimes because I'm used to my Kramer which only has a bridge pickup, but it goes away pretty quick...