I can't help but wonder what Fender was thinking, putting a bright white pickguard over a sunburst finish. The white does not complement the dark finish, in my opinion. I ordered a tortoise shell pickguard from EBay, for only $15, which includes shipping. I will swap out the white pickguard when the tortoise shell one arrives.
Tomorrow I practice with my yet unnamed jazz quintet, which now may be a quartet. The sax player is dropping out. He says he only wants to jam now and then, has no time for gigging or practicing for gigging. Now is the time for serious musicians to separate themselves from the dilettantes.