Neck pickup on a Tele is at the node of the 24th fret, not on a strat.I posted this because most people know that the woods used and such- there is a major difference between the two telecasters... A nice very figured maple neck on the CS one adds to it!
* But most don't realize there's a 1/2" difference in the neck pickup placement in the CS and the MIJ Donahue Telecaster.
Without digging deeper, my speculation is that the neck pickup further back on the CS one, was probably to help further accentuate that strat-like in between position tone somewhat already achieved via capacitors and such.
And I think I read before that Jerry did not quite like the boominess (to him) of the front pick up at times.
Neck pickup on a Tele is at the node of the 24th fret, not on a strat.
I heard an anecdote in the 1990 when these came out JD was using the MIJ in preference to the CS.