Thanks for your opinions on pickguards in general. Based on the Warmoth gallery, most of those LP "copiers" do not use one on carved tops, so your stance (crusade?)appears to be the norm, not the exception. I don't use a pick, so the guard is a jazz style finger rest for me, a style I don't feel like altering after 40 years of finger picking. In this instance, it is also a canvas for some really intricate artistic inlay by Craig Lavin in Florida, continuing the offshore fishing theme of the inlay on the peghead and fretboard, work that will cost me more than the rest of the guitar. Otherwise the rosewood body is cerainly attractive enough to leave unguarded. Craig wants ebony for his work, hence my search for the elusive ebony pickguard. The Ebay guy is no longer accessible. Hefner does not have ebony and has not responded to my inquiry about sending him some, so I'm still looking.