I've had a couple of these and never cared for the bling chrome pickup covers. Now they're in the case pocket with the nylon saddles. I always feel a bit shallow when I make cosmetic changes to a guitar, but if it makes it call out to be played, I think it's a good thing. Not sure if I'll notice any differences in tone. So far, I have not been able to capture the beauty of this thing in a pic. It has no black in the sunburst, just a beautiful, deep honey brown that fades in...really lovely.