Well I'm with you on pulling the instrument apart and getting the mung off of it. It took me 4 hours of hard cleaning to get all the extra polish and nicotine off the body of the guitar.
That's interesting about the flat pole pickups. I pulled the original pickguard intact and replaced it with a white one with the pickups I mentioned earlier. The original has some issues like a broken tone pot and for some reason the cap is split in half. It was rattling in the cavity, I had thought it was part of the pot I was hearing but no.
I need to pull the neck to check the adjustment as something is funky the way the tilt is set up so I'll take some pics to post just for reference.
The bridge is missing some saddles so I think I will upgrade that with a Callaham.
I have a set of "graph tec" saddles if you're interested..
Also, Re: cleaning.. my 1979 was so coated in layers of guitar or furniture polish it felt like pure wax.. so sticky and disgusting..!! I tried everything to remove the wax, from Ammonia to warm water.. finally I asked my Mother, she tild me that Naptha would remove the wax without harming the polyurathane, she said it was sold under the trade name "Ronsonol" and that they'd check my ID when I bought it because apparently the kids are huffing it these days..
I must say it was incredible (see the "after" picture I posted a page back). I called it "The Jimi Hendrix Guitar cleaning solution"