Can I do it at home? I'm getting the ebony one and I don't want the pick guard on it. I was wondering if it would still be ebony underneath or whether the paint would be messed up and if It's a simple process to take it off or if I need to get a guitar store nearby to do it.
Taking a pickguard off is easy, just undo the screws and remove. It shouldn't effect the finish or anything. But I've never took one off on a explorer.
Just unscrew it off. There would be small holes(where the bolts used to be), but not so visible, because you're on ebony finish.
I don't think you'd have to worry about routing under there like on strats.