Jaco did it, and I have a Sunburst American Deluxe Jazz ready to do it too. I wanna remove the pickguard, but first I have some questions. Would I be able to do it with my model (a '97)? I heard that some models (more recent, or older, forget) have a hole between the neck pickup and the control plate which is covered by the pickguard. Also, I had to take off my Squier P-Bass' pickguard a few times (which obviously did not come out all the way, but I had to repair something) and the screw holes got a little stripped. Is this because the Squier is a cheaper model, or will the MIA Fender strip after repeated unscrewing/screweing? I wouldn't want to damage the Fender, and I'm not very experienced with working with basses. If it's risky in any way or whatever, it's alright. I like my pickguard. I just wanna make a change for a while and would appreciate any feedback. Thanks!