In 2017, after a long search for the perfect guitar, Brad Paisley acquired an original 1968 Telecaster. The guitar played beautifully but had, unfortunately, been refinished in a black acrylic paint. So, Brad brought the guitar to veteran luthier and paisley paper expert, Bill Crook, to have the black paint stripped away and a classic ’68 paisley pattern applied instead. After removing some of the thick black paint, Bill stumbled on a surprise that would shock them both–Fender’s original pink paisley finish from 1968! Brad dubbed the guitar 'La Brea', because the black paint hiding the perfectly intact, all-original pink paisley paper reminded him of the tar pits in Southern California.