SG's are 25 1/5"? Thats news to me, I briefly had one with P90's but the imbalance of it (along with the baseball bat neck on mine) meant it didnt last long. Its amazing how much different a 25 1/2" feels compared to a 24 3/4"; with my small hands the Fender necks really limit my reach...but mostly on "diddley diddley" type flash I guess, I am far more interested in ideas that go somewhere than mere licks strung together these days, but flash is a real spark if not overused.
North = Neck ; N = N
There are different overtones depending on where the string is "miked"(p'up), most notably on whole fractions (1/4, 1/8 etc.) I believe. I have read it is best to tune by plucking above the neck pickup (about 1/4 of string length) because of this, and found it indeed does help. Its all physics...the string has the maximum vibration (diameter) at 1/2 of total string length from fret to bridge. There are graphs and explanations online explaining what overtones are emphasized at what fractions, cant remember where though. A quick comparison of the tone of the neck pup vs the bridge pup will demonstrate how much mike/pup placement does affect tone.
Jerry's guitars had the pups shifted towards the bridge because of the 24 fret necks, and since it is the location rather than which coil is being used individual guitars may differ. This concept is also true of where you pick btw, with the same general result--pick towards middle of string length and you will get a fuller bassier tone than picking close to the bridge (or nut for that matter).
There are neat tricks like strumming across the strings 12 frets up from a barre chord ringing and getting flashy harmonics. People like Tommy Emmanuel do it often, with amazing results.
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