Both of these guitars are new and one of them is most likely getting shipped to me from Japan this week, the question that I'm having trouble with is with pickguard or without.
Both look amazing, I really like direct mount pickups, but the one with the pickguard looks really classy. FWIW, both bodies are alder, the maple is a thin laminate just for looks, and it is a swimming pool route under the pickguard (or at least the older ones were).