I always sqwinch up my face when the ad for a used guitar says "so mint it still has the plastic on the pickguard"... that's great if its relatively new, the stuff will come off easily enough... but not so great when its a few years older. That same "...plastic on the pickguard" becomes gooey, messy yuck if you don't take it off. I just got a great deal on a very mint Fender American Elite Strat. I've only had it a short time and... I was noticing by the lower horn that it appeared the "finish" of the top of the pickguard was kind of "frayed". I got to pulling on it, and lo and behold, that gooey, yucky thin "plastic" goop was still on the pickguard. (YUCK)... It seems like some folks do back flips and cannonballs into the swimming pool when they either advertise or (must be) buy a guitar with this gunk-o-la still on the pickguard. I'm not one of them. Well, a few tugs and it started to come up... woops there's a screw... woops there's a little piece of that crap still around the screw... OH, here's the volume and tone knobs... I DID NOT want to take the volume knob off (its an S1 switch) and I didn't want to take the tone knobs off... its just that mint, I don't want to have to do something I don't need to do just because this crap is stuck on the pickguard like bubble gum Somehow I got it out from between the two single coils... got it out from between the bridge HB and the middle single coil... now for in between the bridge and the humbucker... nope, still a clod of that crap in there... and between the end of the neck and the neck single coil... still in there, my big fat chubby fingers don't fit in there... and I'm not going to F___ up my nice pretty tortoiseshell PG with a screwdriver to try to scrape it out of there what a f___ing mess Plus, in certain places where the plastic goop did come up, there is still sticky adhesive left behind, which is gooey and won't easily rub off, so break out the Goo Gone... So you see my dilemma... gorgeous top of the line Strat that some dumbass didn't bother to take this plastic crap off the pickguard when they bought it (it did come off the trem cover plastic on the back without a hitch thank god...) Now I'll have to remove most all the screws on the PG to get this crap out of the screws (which I didn't want to do... remove anything unless absolutely necessary)... I'm going to have to remove the control knobs which I didn't want to have to do... and I have no damn idea how I'm going to get this goo out from between the neck pickup and the end of the neck... So... all that said... Anyone else ever have this problem? And how did you get this gunk off your pickguard without a screw driver scraping up the PG finish? ...and without turning it into a "Disassemble Derby" ?