Hi all, Getting ready to buy a Fender 60's RI MIJ bass... I preferbly want the bass *NOT* to have that ugly brown copper strip running from the bridge pickup to the bridge (Imo it ruins the look of the bass, when you look at the lovely colour of the bass and then you see this brown line!) My question is, can i remove the copper strip once i receive the bass? Will this leave a mark where the copper strip is once from? Is it hard to take off? I know the purpose of this copper strip is to shunt any unwanted static sound to the ground. If i remove this strip and my bass begins to make strange noise's, can i shield the cavity or the electronics or anywhere else inside the bass instead? Also why do some Fender Jazz RI MIJ 60's basses have the copper strip and some don't? For an example this one does: this one does not: Mind you, both basses above are exactly the same model, what's going on here?!?! I am starting to think the copper strip is purely for image/cosmetic reasons trying to get the 60's RI to look identical to the real 60's basses. While POSSIBLY some 60's RI MIJ Jazz basses do use the copper strip for it's primary purpose, like the Fender Jazz JB62-75US range... There are different colours for this Jazz 60's RI model and every one has the copper strip... Also why doesn't ANY Precision P-basses use the copper strip? Discuss Thanks for the contributions all!