I thought the same, I still think theyre ugly haha. They look way better without the pickguard though, then theyre just a HS hardtail strat with a little control plate and tele neck. I would ditch the pickguard entirely but a previous owner of this guitar put a big notch in the body for truss rod access that looks bad. They ruined the original pickguard too with that notch. the reason I am buying a pickguard in the first place is to cover that up. Other option would be for me to try to fill that notch and all the screw holes from the pickguard and then refinish the guitar.WOW I have thought 51s were ugly until this one!! It's loaded with goodies too! How bout a mint guard!!
Great score and congratulations.
Mint is my second choice, I have a black pickguard on the way already. The pickguards are expensive because theyre an uncommon guitar so I probably wont buy a second option.
Thinking I will just attempt to resell this guitar once everything is fixed.