Thanks thats good to know, I will keep it in mind when I start that project. My vintage plus has a pearl pickguard and duncan rails. The duncan rails sound very modern to me. I was going to switch to lollar pickups with a black pickguard to give is a vintage sound and look, I ended up buying an old 400 series instead that sounds more like a vintage spec strat. So now Im keeping the duncan vintage rails in my vintage plus, I am still thinking about changing to a black pickguard instead of pearl.
Here's the finished product. Getting the frets leveled and buffed at the moment. Installed the DiMarzio HS-3 (Bridge) and HS-4 (Neck and Middle). More ESP's should come stocked with DiMarzio!