#1
I bought a brand new MIA 2008 stratocaster and there is something that's really bugging me. The pickguard doesn't fit. It's lifted up right where showed on the photo ( not the actual guitar )

Why is it like that and how can it be fixed ?
#2
There might just be something underneath it. Remove the screws that fasten the pickguard to the body. You can then lift it up enough to slide your hand under there and sweep anything out that's caught. You should be able to do this with the strings on and everything.

If you don't feel comfortable with that, just take it to a guitar tech.