Before I begin my thesis, it's important to remember that you can never overstate the power of alliteration. OK, so you just purchased a new bass (congrats, by the way), you get it home and want to go crazy cranking out all sorts of low end madness. However, one thing still needs to be done. That is, the removal of the plastic on the pick guard! Now I know it seems trivial and I sound like a whiny [pick your whiny stereotype of choice] , but it's often pain in the a$$ to remove usually entailing removal of the guard screws and sometimes even a volume or tone knob in order to properly remove the plastic film. Is this just me? Is my local dealer not doing their job by removing it themselves or am I just being picky?