OK, so here is my 2000 American Deluxe strat. She's got kind of a non-traditionally beautiful pick guard / pickup / color combo. I suspect there are other options I might like more, but I kind of dig this. Now, I currently have the original vintage noiseless pickups in it. I actually like the sound of them, but I am a sucker for new tech, and I have preferred the sound of the Fishmans from listening to recordings (have not heard them live). I am thinking about picking up a loaded pick guard because the cost is essentially the same as buying the pickups alone, and it's nice to be able to just swap guards. This limits my color options somewhat. I have listed my available options in the poll. I personally am leaning towards a black guard, white pickups - but part of me is saying that a red tortoise guard with white pickups would be worth it, even if it means I cannot go the pre-wired route. Strat talk being an oasis of good taste, I look to my fellow forumites for guidance. If the best option is not here, please, pitch it to me! If I am crazy to do the pickup swap, I'll hear that too.