. Most of the famous guitarists bought their first stage guitars in pawn shops. Someone else beat up those guitars and pawned them for those later-to-be-famous players to buy them cheap. Today's forum relic haters would cringe at seeing pre-beat up/damaged/relic'd guitars with Other People's Mojo, but there is a certain romance in the old days of rock stars dredging up worn guitars from pawn shops. Maybe there are some pictures of guitars that players had when they started and then the same guitars years later? How much new \mojo/ did they add, if any? "Trigger" and that Strat with all the paint gone after the theft and found floating in a ditch would be the outliers of significant wear after purchase. Didn't Clapton get his Blackie guitar from parts traded around with other guitarists at the time? How worn-in was that? EVH's red Frankenstrat was "seconds" scrap that while new he self painted and relic'd a few times, famously. Hendrix borrowed a lot of Strats, setting a few on fire. Cobain got his offsets from pawnshops and cobbled some things together. Townsends made splinters of new guitars. Who started with the mojo of a relic guitar (most of them I suspect)? Bonamassa could be included with pictures of his first (Strats?) before/after but not for buying old 50s guitars now for big money. Obviously, marketing departments pushed new guitars onto the famous player's stages when they were obviously big ticket sellers with massive fans but earlier years some had their favorites, bought used and abused and Relic'd -- what were those? Sorry if popcorn inducing .