I replaced the original mint green Fender HSS pickguard on my Elite strat with this pickguard. I think it looks great, but hey, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Fitting it went fine. Because I have an Elite I had to make two modifications (one for the truss rod and one for the passing lane swich). I noticed these pickguards do not stand up to heat very well. I ditched the Dremel after two seconds and used a sharp knife and files instead. And of course a drill for the passing lane switch. The pre-drilled holes for the pots, 5-way swich and pickups were all correct. Lining up the holes for the pickguard itself took filing of the neck pocket. The screws did not come out straight from the OEM Fender pickguard to begin with, so maybe they were not drilled perfectly. In the end everything fitted nicely. Note that if you use this pickguard on an Elite, you'll need a 'mounting block' for the extra swich!