Well......I didn't specifically get it for $200 less than average because of the pickguard. I also didn't use the Pickguard to barter a better deal. However, the seller listed it as a Mexican Strat at a price that would be on the lower side for an MIM Standard (well below average market price for this Custom Shop Greg Fessler designed model) & even though I didn't rush into buying it, it was still available once I decided to pull the trigger. For the amount of time I took deciding, it should have been gone. Those who took it for no better than an MIM Standard likely passed it by because the Pickguard was unappealing & represented possible work. So, for the price of a cheap well used MIM Standard I have a CS Designed "Mexican model" with factory US bridge & US Custom 69 pickups (Some speculate it's a US body as well because of the tooling holes). The PG I'm putting on was $14 off Amazon including matching back plate.