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With maybe a bigger neck and jumbo frets I'd be all over it. Simple color like this, black, and maybe a burst.
Wow, i dig that 2nd guitar (Axis w/rosewood top?).I had one of these in green back when my hands were worse than they are now and I was playing Axis' pretty much exclusively for a few years... Here's a pic from back then:
The pickguard was entirely optional on those guitars... I'd looked at a couple without the guard installed but it came with the guitar. The routing was such that it really was unnecessary; you had to remove it to adjust the pickup heights which was a huge PITA...
As long as you like EBMM necks the Cutlass is a really nice Strat alternative. I tried one out last month at the local GC; they did a really nice job of recreating some mid-60s Strat pickups for this one (evidently they are done in-house), and the new Silent Circuit really works well - I was playing through a Deluxe Reverb RI (the silverface one, so I guess it's a "vintage modified") and the Cutlass was dead quiet. The new circuit also has a buffered out put - so you get the same output level on all 5 switch positions. When you're used to the volume drop in positions 2 and 4 it takes you a bit off guard at first. The downside with the new circuit is when the battery dies, the guitar is dead. On the old Silent Circuit when the battery died you just lost the noise reduction.I like both of those new EB models. I haven't played one but I bet they give you some nice stratty tones but still play like an EB. I don't care what anybody says EB has a feel that is their own. Few makers can say that