Hey, I put a couple of pics in my area if you wanted to see the pick guard. It came like that from SAM ASH. When I first got it (2+ years ago) I thought it was actually coated with that thin plastic film that covers electronic gizmos. I wonder if some SAM ASH guy traded it out (in the warehouse) and put his on. It never bothered me that it looked a little road worn. I never strum hard enough to hit the pickguard and you can see that I still have the bridge foam on too. If you still want it you can have it. Either way> all good 'cause it's a Gretsch.