What i mean by "naked" is i am seriously considering leaving the pickguard off completely (ala Eddie Van Halens Frankenstein) and installing the short chrome piece for the volume and tone control as on my 65 Musicmaster II guitar. This bass was stripped, i am putting it back black and its been a slow and tedious process getting the body in shape for gloss black. The original electronics are intact but the pickguard was painted over (sloppily) plus it has the typical broken end piece where the output jack is. I WILL leave the pickguard body holes in place.......my reasoning for leaving the pickguard off partially, is i could easily try some different pickups and i really like the small chrome metal control piece as on my 65 Musicmaster II guitar....its very strong and easily removed....a great design by Leo imo and it looks cool as well. Sorry MM bass lovers but the original 72 MM pickup is going into one of my 6 string Fenders!! Any comments or suggestions are appreciated....thought i would share my project and i will post pics eventually. Dont be afraid to be objectionable either LOL!! Thanks for looking at my plans and i will post pics.