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I'm in a band where one of our guitar players is an self-styled luthier. He's built his own guitars for a while but his latest creation is now his defacto guitar for the band's show and it's ugly as shit. Like, it's obtrusive and an eyesore and looks like the retarded, junkyard cousin of one of Prince's guitars. After every show, it's all people comment on. It sounds fine. It has a lot of sentimental value to him, but it looks like it belongs in an goth industrial band and doesn't fit with our band's style. What do I do?