Post by JeffinMississippi Post by JeffinMississippi
Why is the bridge pickup on Strats' (And other models) placed in position
at an angle?
Someone pointed out that someone else had asked the same question in an
earlier thread, funny how that person (The person who asked the question)
thought it might be kinda dumb question also. BUT, its one of the few
questions I have asked on here that no one seems to know the real answer to.
I have googled and searched all over, asked the salesman last night at the
local guitar shop and looked at the replies here. Fact is there are a lot of
guesses but no one REALLY knows. Now, I have to find out!
Responses in the original thread were not a "guess" but
simplified explanations based on (commonly available)
knowledge of physics.
Here's more from "The Fender Stratocaster" by A.R. Duchossoir,
including an excerpt from a conversation between the author and
Freddie Tavares in 1988.
In those days, amplifiers were rather
deficient at the top end and the Stratocaster lead pickup was thus
to give "clear ringing highs". This is why it was actually placed in a
position, so that it could produce a better tone. Freddie Tavares
"The rear pickup is slanted for a very important reason. That was
when you pluck the instrument way back near the bridge, everything is
more brilliant, but you lose the depth. So, the reason for the slant
get a little more vitality or 'virility' into the bass strings and
all the brilliance that we wanted"
Freddie Tavares (and Bill Carson) was Leo's co-designer on
the Stratocaster. Also note that this was done first on the
Telecaster as well as the Precision Bass.