DETROIT -

Detroit's own Ted Nugent recently chopped off his locks and is sporting a shorter hairdo.

Ted's wife posted a photo to Instagram showing off the rocker's new style ... and some see a striking resemblance to another big name in the Motor City: Dan Gilbert.

Metro Detroiter Ian Burgess was not fooled by Nugent's new style, but said, "He looks a lot more conservative than he used to be. He was a little out there before." 

The conservative look is fueling speculation that Nugent may run for president in 2016.

"I think he looks like Andy Dillon," said Meghan Carey.

Nugent has hinted that he's giving serious thought about a run for the White House, so maybe his new look is getting him one step closer to a career in politics.

Can a change in appearance trump reputation? 

I don't think it matters what his hair looks like," says Jake Shreve,  "He'll get the votes baby. It's all Nugent."