I have been playing guitar for probably about 10 years now and my primary guitar at the moment is an American Deluxe Fender Stratocaster with a humbucker for the bridge pickup and 2 single coils. The tone of the guitar is beautiful and the fingerboard moves like butter, but I've always had trouble finding the right way to palm mute using this guitar.
The center pickup sits directly under where the pick naturally wants to be and always seems to be in the way... If I try to compensate by moving my hand right or left, my palm is no longer in the ideal spot to palm mute effectively.
When I'm not palm muting I simply strum in the space between the neck and center pickup, but I like to play a lot of heavier stuff which uses excessive palm muting. The position of the center pickup just makes it feel awkward.
I know there's ton's of people out there who own Strats. Even if you don't like metal, every style of music uses palm muting in one form or another.
How have you overcome this problem?