I flipped the controls after taking some lessons from Bill Kirchen, in 2004, through the now-defunct National Guitar Workshop. Many of us have long used our pinkies and volume knobs for swells (I do it routinely, with a rotary speaker effect, to simulate an organ with my guitar) but Bill, for his unique "dieselbilly" tones, uses both his pinky and ring finger on both his volume and tone knobs simultaneously. So I started doing it, too. Try it sometime, you can get a nice faux Doppler effect that way!
The neck PUP is a Harmonic Design Vintage Plus. It's maker describes it this way on his website (his words!): "These pickups are based on a mini P-90 design to eliminate the weak point in the Tele sound, the neck and middle positions, by producing a bigger, harmonically responsive tone that has way more output, deeper bass and clearer treble than any of them sissy next-to-useless stock pickups"
“[P]ersonally I disagree with the general philosophy of ‘genre equals gear’ at anything beyond a cosmetic level. I think the right idea is to find the right amp for you, and then play whatever kind of music you like. The “Jerry Thing” was just Jerry. It wouldn’t have mattered what he used and he used a lot of stuff.” Steve Kimock (The Gear Page 04/08/18)