Cmnaround wrote:Ok I'm not trying to be a dick by asking this, but middle position pick up split to single coil all the time? Jerry really played like that all the time? Then why did he have 3 double coil hunbuckers if only using the middle pick up set to single coil? I havent taken the time to go back and look at tons of photos to confirm, but was he really playing with only that selection all the time and never using his double coils in bridge or neck position?
Great question. I think of that position as the 95% setting in that Jerry probably used that middle pickup set to single coil about 95% of the time. Although he clearly would go to the bridge or and also kick in humbucking mode and very seldom go to the neck pickup at times for various tone changes. But yes, I'd have to agree that the middle pickup split to single coil was by far the primary and definitive JERRY TONE pickup setting from about 1979 till he died in '95.
I have a telecaster with normal Tele pickups, but also a Dimarzio routed into the middle position. The switching is like a Strat, like Jerry's. I have it wired to single coil only, no humbucker option. I'm still amazed at how perfectly balanced and useful and VERY-JERRY this middle/single-coil Dimarzio Jerry pickup sound is. He really found something there.