Thanks for the compliments Crus and Hendrix (love your music BTW Jimi).
In answer to your question Jimi, I only took the guide off for the pics and then put it straight back again as I reckoned it would be a real pain to source another (or was that your way of sounding me out as you have one? - lol).
You would'nt be saying that if you heard my (very bad) rendition of Voodoo Child
Regarding the cable guide, not at all, just that i remember seeing a bike that had the guide missing for ages and the cables had been running on the frame.
Sometimes hard to guage a newbies knowledge of bikes but you are obviously clued up
Lol - Not so much being clued up on bike knowledge, more an experienced veteren of foolishly taking things apart and losing/breaking small plastic thingies that it turns out are essential for re-assembly.
and regarding your playing, have you got a right handed guitar strung for the left? (perhaps thats what you need to do? lol).