So am playing a natural harmonic D note on the 3 string (7th fret) then bending it up a whole tone to E. I can do this on my Fender strat fine but on my two Gibson I can only bend half a tone. Why is this? Am guessing something to do with the neck length.

Yup it's the scale length...all boils down to physics. In short, strings are easier to bend on a shorter scale length but you have to bend them further to achieve the same change in pitch as you would on a longer scale length.
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^ Are you sure it's not just the space available behind the nut? the headstock is flat on a fender strat (or a tele, one of the main guitars used for behind the nut bending), so there's a ton of space there to bend behind the nut (also the reason why they have string trees). A gibson on the other hand has the headstock go back at an angle, negating the need for string trees, but also leaving you a lot less space for behind the nut bending.
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