Hello all! New to the forums, and you guys seem hands-down like the best place to come for help/advice. I am interested in doing some modifications to an existing '69 style thinline' body as well as looking into working with a 72 thinline. Being as how these are not in my possession yet (And may or may not be depending on the answers) I was hoping someone with experience with these models may be able to help with some questions. Please keep in mind that I'm not so interested as to the cost factor/'is it worth it versus buying something different', but mainly the feasibility of these situations and just a general curiosity which drives these experiments There is a friend who I am constantly trading parts with, so that's why I like to tinker... In a nutshell: 1- Would a 72' thinline pickguard fit on and cover the screw holes of a 69 style thinline? It APPEARS to be so when i use cutouts and overlays, but was wondering if anyone has any direct experience, or even both guitars in possession to eyeball it. Is there any other physical factor that might be an issue? For explanation: there is a 69 style thinline body that I may trade for that I love the color/shape of, but I want to try and put an older WRHB in the neck and a filtertron in the bridge (A combo that I love on other Teles that I've 'Frankensteined'. So i am thinking about routing the holes a bit larger and then putting the 72 pickguard over the newly widened pickup holes. 2- A bit of background: I've drilled 4 holes in a standard tele control plate and gone with 3 pots and a les paul style toggle switch. Referencing the 72 or 69 thinline again, and assuming no additional routing, if I got a custom pick guard and left the control area blank, is there room to squeeze those same 4 controls in the control area of the thinline? I guess a simple way of asking is: " Is the routed control area of a thinline the same 'area' as a standard tele control cavity? Sorry for the book... I tend to over-explain things!