John Mayer Strat Setup

If you perform a bend at say the 15th fret, the string is moved further away from the centre of the pole-piece than if you do a bend at the 5th fret. (put your trigonometry hat on for a minute).

I have no experience of this with any pickups on my guitars (although on my $1800 Ibanez the strings dont even start above the pole-pieces on the neck bucker :evil: ), but thinking outside the box a bit and not assuming its the frets/action/neck, its certainly a possibility since the signature pickups are one certainty across each of the different guitars the OP tested?

[Scratch all of the above if you tested them unplugged]

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