I actually like having the cover, especially since I use alot of tremelo on my Ibanez. Their guards actually have long holes in them perfect for the screwdriver to go in and make it easy to adjust the string tension. But like funky phil said it is all about personal preference by the player. If you like the look go for it. With a strat you probably wont be adjusting the trem setting to often like you would with a floating trem.