I am looking for opinions and input on a possible project/purchase.
I have long been infatuated with owning a '72 Telecaster Deluxe. Aesthetically it just does it for me, from the Strat-style headstock to the pickguard, four knobs and location of the pickup selector.
That being said, I've come to learn that I definitely prefer the sound of single coil pickups, like I had in my old Highway One Tele which I foolishly let go a few years back.
In my research I've found these adapters that will allow a single coil PUP to fit in a humbucker cavity
as found in Gibsons. Problem with these is they clearly won't work with the humbucker set up you'll find in the '72 Deluxe.
I'm looking for ideas or options without going to far overboard.
One thing that does come to mind is this. Using a regular humbucker sized mounting ring (perhaps from a les paul) as a guide I could drill new holes in the pickguard so that the above mentioned single coil adapter mount could be screwed into place. I have no idea what lies underneath the pickguard or if these new screws would have any wood directly underneath to screw in to.