Pull the pickguard as-is and stash in a safe place (not a couch!) and buy a new loaded pickguard or build your own from parts. Bourns pots, switchcraft jack, oak-grigsby or CRL 5-way switch. Find some pickups you like (which can be ebay imports, there are some nice ones out there for less than beer). Those are 'trapezoid' tuners and as long as not bent/etc are fine if you 'tune up'. Some people cry they are bad and immediately upgrade to expensive branded ones. I would also say to google 'dan armstrong blender mod' and put that on this, especially with the pointy headstock. You can blend from SSS into HSH. .