I don't think there's nearly enough of the the "which __________ sounds better" threads, so here's another one: Pickguard screws *have* to have an impact on your tone, as the different finishes would all resonate with the tone woods differently! Some other suggested "which __________ sounds better" threads: - three tone sunburst versus two tone sunburst (irrespective of age or contry of manufacture, the extra stains used in the 3TS *have* to affect your tone!) - tort pickguard versus any other colour versus no pickguard (4 ply, come on, can't *you* hear a difference?) - chrome knurled knobs versus plastic strat style knobs versus vintage J style knobs (sound waves reverberating from the strings to the knobs and back to the pickups... it's gotta have an effect!) - carpet versus tolex (maybe this one is too obvious) - BadAss II versus BadAss III (easy answer, the upgraded model, the III!!!) We need sound clips!!!!