The pickguard isn’t a deal breaker but, that thing is bad. It looks like it overlaps the rosette in the back and separates from the rosette in the front. Pretty crooked. I just wonder how much of a tan line it will leave when removed or if it’s hiding any damage. If someone not that skilled has put that guard on there, what else have they messed with, ya know?
Great advice on what to check for! I have a check list of stuff like frets, cracks, bridge lifting, heel separation and a few other things. When I bought my Guild of CL I had all these things I was going to check and started chatting with the guy and didn’t look it over as good as I should have and wound up discovering that the bridge was lifting when I got it home. I won’t make the same mistake twice. When you talk about the straightedge, are you checking how the neck lines up with the top of the bridge? The straightedge should line up with the top of the bridge, shouldn’t it?
Man, my palms are sweating trying to decide what to do on this thing.