It is hard to wait isn't it? I don't know where you live, but my clock says you were up after midnight thinking about this. Made me laugh...you have to go to bed man!
Now, when I look at my Avalon I am so very happy there is NOT a pickguard. It gives it a touch of class...a difference...somewhat (hold on here I have to go get a dictionary) "renaissance"....Hmmm...did the Irish ever participate in such things???? Tell us what you think when you get it!