This is my second foray into the world of 5 stringers, and like the first time, I am finding it is not for me.. Yes, the B string is black in the one picture.. it was the same gauge, but black to serve as a training wheel of sort - I am a 4 string purist... it helped to keep me from hitting the B when I wanted the E. The regular string is back. Silly, but it worked for me. (and the guy I got it from initially, it was his stellar idea.) He called it a "visual crutch" LOL And it actually is helpful if you are making the transition. Basically it's story: Long story short, the preferred neck was placed on this body, as it was not available off the shelf. It's a home run. It feels great - but again, I am an old school 4 string playah. So, looking to trade this for a 4 string. I am not adverse to adding some $$ in if need be, but I am poor, so be nice. Oh! The pick guard is white, and is available if you want - and bonus, it is signed by Charlie Hargrett, the guitarist from Blackfoot. He lives in my town. Cool guy. Will ship securely packed with a padded gig bag. Thanks for looking!