Aesthetics aside, what sayeth MLP about any difference between an SG with pickups mounted to a pick guard, versus in a set of rings mounted to the body? I stumbled across a Standard from 2010-- with guard mounted pickups-- in a trade. I wasn't really looking for an SG, nor did I need one, but given the win-win trade, I sure wanted it. So I couldn't be too choosy, but regardless, this thing sounds amazing, and plays very well. I don't care about historically correct anything. Just thinking about how the design might or might not impact tone.