Got myself an ES 339 last week - antique sunburst. Very pleased with it - but pretty much the first thing I did was take the scratch plate off because I think it looks so much better that way. Now I am left with a little hole underneath the bottome edg (not such a problem) and a little but unsightly hole by the neck. What do people do - try and refinish this or just stick a screw in it (might help if the scratch plate had been fitted with black rather than silver screws)? I can't help wonder why Gibson fit the scratch plate rather than pack it separately and leave it to the user to decide (as they did with my LP standard) - the Guitar was mail order and am assuming the dealer didn't fit it as I would be annoyed about that).