I love the classic look of a blackguard tele, but over the years I’ve become really really specific in what looks good to me.
1. The finish needs to be between gloss and semi gloss
2. Color can’t be too yellow, and should definitely lean slightly towards white, and far from orange.
3. The finish should be mostly opaque. A small amount of wood grain showing through is okay, but must be very subtle.
4. The neck and body should not be too similar in shade. Body should look painted, neck should look more natural.