Got me one of them fender mim jazzes and a week ago took off the pickgaurd and saw that there is a lot of nice wood under there that is covered up. This got me to thinking why does fender use such a big ol peice of plastic like that anyway. It is starting to look real cheezzy to me, dont get me wrong i like the bass, but hey fender, isnt it time for a change?? They could easily route the neck pickup like the bridge and put the controls in from the rear, and no pickgaurd. Im thinkin this would be a cool looking bass like that. I know fender puts this big piece of plastic on all their guitars, and it seems like their trakemark since the 50s,. Just some thoughts , anyone else have any comments?? eddie ps. hope this is in the proper forum, i wasnt sure, sorry if it is not.