For slap & pop playing in the style of Will Lee, Marcus Miller, Victor Whooten, Larry Graham (attempts to emulate them), what are your thoughts on presence or absence of a pickguard on the bass? I switched from a 4 string Fender-style J bass w/ pickguard to a quilt top Sadowsky w/o pickguard and there is a difference in the way my 2nd, 3rd, and 4th fingers attack, hit, and pop the D and G strings. I have to change my right hand position to avoid getting too much flesh under the D an G strings. I used to bounce my middle phalanx off the pickguard and use the pickguard as brace or backstop to catch my fingers. Now I have to keep the dorsum (back side) of my fingers in the air and not use the body of the bass where the pickguard used to be as a backstop or brace. This seem to require more discipline on my part...arguably because it's new. This is not better or worse but different and I'll adapt to it. I'm finding advantages and disadvantages but overall I think I'm a bit happier with my new setup's playability.