Today, in a fit of boredom, I took the pickguard off my 1989 Korean Squier Jazz bass and learned a little bit about my bass' history. Apparently, the pickguard I got the bass with wasn't the original, as evidenced by some of the "unused" screw holes drilled in the body. This bass spent a lot of time without a pickguard, as evidenced by significant amount of wear around the neck pickup. It is not a "swimming pool" route, so I feel like I can get away with leaving the pickguard off if I choose. Just thought it was interesting and decided to share. She's a great bass, regardless.