any paint job will require taking off the hardware.

It's only several screws, just take 20 minutes and take them off.
Well figuring I think its only the pickguard being painted you can just take off the pickguard and put on strips of tape, then spray paint it. Looking at it you shouldn't need to take off the strings or pickups or anything.

Now if your talking about painting the body.....well your in for a surprise..
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