I promise this will be the final time I poll the forum on this topic. Here is the body with the chrome pickup ring and with the flat black pickguard. Honestly I am at a loss. When I put on the pickup ring I thought "well there she is." It was simple, yet elegant. I didnt even think a pickguard would be in question. Now that I have seen it with a pickguard I kind of dig that too as it now looks like a tele. ( I was always under the belief that a tele wasnt a tele without a pickguard. Kind of like a sandwich without bread.) So now I look to you fair forum. Pickguard or no?