I have an old Samick P-bass copy that I want to modify in a variety of ways. My main bass is an MIA J, and I'm a big fan of the control plate look. I saw on allparts.com a p-bass control plate: http://www.allparts.com/store/pbass-control-plate,Product.asp and wanted to know more about this unit, but couldn't find a whole lot on the web about it. Things I wanted to know: (1) will it fit in my existing screw holes? Let's assume that they are in the standard P-bass locations. (2) What exactly does the control plate do? I assumed it was a way to avoid having all that metallic tape on the backside of the pickguard. (3) If I install this unit, I can't use a traditional P-bass pickguard. So does anybody know a place to buy a modified pickguard to work with this control plate? Or... Can I just omit the pickguard altogether? I mean, will I lose anything (eg. shielding effects, dust/dirt collecting in the cavity, or related issues I've never considered). I'm not worried about scratching the finish with a pick, I rarely, if ever use a pick. Even if I did, I don't care about the finish. Any answers to these question or advice on these control plates is greatly appreciated!