That is a nice looking guitar and most here will love it and leave it as is…
I, on the other hand, would be looking for a regular sized pickguard and mod it..
I know- different strokes -
Maybe i am in the minority but i just cannot get over those long curvy pg’s!
I have the same specs on my strat and I am very fond of the 54 strat specs.
I would look at the Fralin 54's
the Bareknuckle Apache sets - both are Alnico III and both are stellar.
I did not want to change my entire set as I really like my Vanzandt True Vintage in the neck and middle -...
The ONLY reason i dont own a thinline tele is because of that heinous pickguard that covers more than half of the guitar -
but this one ^
That is what I will do when I get a thinline - find one with a normal pickguard like this.
I can only speak for myself - I play a Tele like it stole money from me - the second I get my hands on it.
I might have noticed those "defects" on my first string change while I was happily wiping the fretboard and getting it all re-set up again to my specs -
and I would have probably thought...