I'm with you. I don't mind the way they look, but a lot of them over the years were just toys and crap plasti-welded to a rod. Just utter garbage. Then guys started coming out with custom 3d sculpted ones, which LOOKED great, but often feel terrible to use.
The Metallica one pictured above is actually the ONLY custom shooter rod I've ever had on 60+ games, and even it felt "wrong"...it was just a little too big.