Having your gear stolen is one of every musicians biggest nightmares. Some items are just not so easy to replace, either because they have been broken in and have their own "feel" or the product has been discontinued, not to mention one-of-a-kind pieces. Carvin hopes to alleviate this fear somewhat by embedding a small microchip in each of their guitars and basses that will uniquely identify each instrument. The technology comes from a company called Snagg, which offers the chips to manufacturers. Snagg maintains a registry of the ID numbers, and instrument owners can register on their site. In the event your precious instrument should be stolen, you can report it on the Snagg web site as well. If the instrument is recovered, a quick scan will reveal the ID number, which law enforcement can then check against the Snagg database. http://news.harmony-central.com/News/2003/Carvin-Snagg.html Pretty neat idea. I don't know if it will deter any thieves but it will make getting your stuff back from the police easier.