I've almost loves the black Paisleys, but avoided the MIM makes because I suspected that they weren't made especially well in 2012. But then out of the blue Fender Japan made a Strat and Tele version this year, so I ordered one of both. The thing is, the stock black pick guard covers up a lot of the paisley, so I also ordered a couple clear pick guards, made mask for the control cavities, and air brushed it black to match the black edges. I'm not sure I love the look on the Strat in the long term, but I dig how the Tele came out. The Strat might look better if I ran with the full HSH pickup config that the body was routed to support. I might go back to solid black pick guard once I've had an eye full of the black paisley. It would be nice if the pick guard makers who sell their wares on eBay and Reverb made clear pick guards with the routes masked out to cover up the controls, so that a person could buy them ready-made, and try them out without the time investment it take to make them at home. I've seen them offer much crazier pick guards, and nobody even makes a standard stock paisley pick guard, if, god forbid, yours is scratched up good and you wish to replace it.