Definitely a personal opinion thing. *I've owned an FP, VWH, VBK, and DBK, plus Les Pauls, Strats, Kramers, Peaveys, Samicks, Teles, Jacksons, etc. *I just loved the Jem Floral Pattern, but when I bought one, all anyone could do was make fun of it. *I love my DBK. *Of course, I also own an old, strat that has no paint on it at all. *I used to be into the looks thing, but to me it is the feel and the sound. *I new a guy who had to play on 15 DBKs until he found one he liked. *Mine feels and sounds great. *I can get a good rock tone and blues tone out of it. *It all has to do with how familiar you are with guitars and what you are willing to play. *I would rather play a beat up, piece of you know what, looks-wise, if it sounded like a Stratavarius. *Just my opinion.