It's a well known fable that Fender started to do relic guitars when Keith Richards told them that he thought the guitars he was getting looked "Too new" and he supposedly told them to "Bash them up a bit." Not true but still funny. And sadly there ARE people who take the "It's too new, let me bash it up a bit" to heart too... This is Van Halen Bass player Micheal Anthony with his Yamaha Broadbass series bass which he got new from the factory. Anthony took to the bass straight away, babied it and was very careful, wiping it off after every session. Until a certain band mate of his famous for striping his guitars decided to help him out a bit and giving the bass "Some character" Eddie Van Halen went to town with a screw driver and a soldering iron, giving the bass a severe makeover, Anthony wasn't pleased, recounting when he saw his vandalized bass as a "moment he wanted to strangle Eddie." But some times a player defiles the look of his instrument because of another player using the same kind of guitar. Now let's turn the clock back 30 years: THIS young hot-shot guitarist got his big break. And for Zakk Wylde (Eeeeyuuup, that REALLY is Zakk Wylde in the picture...) along with that big break came an endorsement with Gibson guitars, who presented him with this striking rebel Flag Gibson Les Paul. Wylde, was totally up for it "Thanks dudes, I'm going to rock this Mother#*@$^ proudly!" UNTIL, he got word that there was a second one, his Les Paul had a twin sister and that one went to THIS guy... Bret Michaels not only had a rebel Flag Les Paul like Wylde's but he also used it in a music video. So realizing that people were going to tell him that he had the same guitar as Bret Michaels of Poison, Zakk Wylde took action. A few sessions with a belt sander and countless bottle caps later, THIS was the result. NO WAY, was anybody going to confuse that guitar for Bret Michaels' anymore.