I'm probably going to buy one or two of the Essex Jazz basses, and I'm interested in stripping at least one to use without a pickguard. Maybe even do some sort of wooden Tele-shape control plate (without the corners where the J-plate meets the pg- that way it doesn't look like something's missing) to replace the metal one. My question is, what does the rout under the pickguard look like? Does it conform to the shape of the pup, like the bridge rout, or is it just a big square hole? Also, has anyone stripped one of these alder J-bodies? How'd it turn out? Thanks in advance.