Put some money into getting a pickguard made and rewired but it sounds great. Japan goldfoil wound by bullock pickups (no affil.) Sounds gorgg. Ill put my boutique tele away for a little while.. im loving this thing. I had a matching bridge pickup that sat on the pickguard..i took it off to fiddle with placement and never found the need to put it back on. Great for bluesy dirty stuff but also great clean sound. Plays awesome. I love when budget instruments claim their territory against the big dewds!