I love this guitar, I have had it for close to 5 years, bought brand new, have played it a ton. All mods until now were done in the first few weeks back in 2014. Did not come with any pickguard. I always wished that it had one. So I took out this black pickguard [it came off of a LP studio, had a few scratches & was replaced], and lo it fit this axe exactly. So I drilled two holes & installed it. To me the guitar looks better with this guard on there. You can't put a LP pickguard on there the normal way, using a bracket, with this model, because the top is not arched. LOL I did not drill holes. Just kidding. What I did was, use a rotary tool to cut off the heads for the two different sized screws, then used a couple drops of super glue & secured them into the holes in the pickguard. No metal protrudes down to scratch the finish. Then I stuck it on with 4 pieces of 3M adhesive putty squeezed down real thin. Fits on perfectly, you can't detect any gap at all. Stays firmly put, will never fall off. You can pry it off with fingernails if you want to remove it. That putty works great for guitars, I have used it many times, never seen any finish affect. One of the screws was already black; the other one painted with a sharpie pen. P.S. Those are the stock PUs on the guitar, I think they are 496, but I put in 4 way wire & changed to Alnico V magnets. Why? Well, seemed like a good idea back then. Worked out OK over the years. Partial covers used because the "non-adjustable" slugs were changed in height, regular covers would not fit. Here is a before/after picture.