Topic: Les Paul w/ No Pickguard
A classic feature of a Les Paul is the raised pick-guard seen on most models, with perhaps the exception of the "Prophecy" series. However, I found myself repeatedly catching the tip of my RH pinky on the edge of the thing (unwanted pauses, fingertip cuts) so I finally removed it this morning. Granted I have large hands and long fingers, but it's been a constant annoyance. It confines the way I was resting any free finger(s) as it lies almost flush with the string height, unlike an acoustic (my mainstay). And I have to say that not only is the play-ability now much better, (IMHO) it actually looks much better.
What are your thoughts? Does removing the Les Paul pick-guard amount to sacrilege, or have others done this?