first of all, you need to watch Crossroads if you haven't already. If you love the soul of old black men (who doesn't) and telecasters (who doesn't)...it's right up your alley.
I do think the price is high on that guitar, but I like it...love the color combo. Very standard, but happens to be one of the regulars that I really like. if you DO go out to see it...ask to have a look under the pickguard. Might be a bit of a pain/hard to talk the seller into it, but that's a good chunk of change and there's a chance it's routed really crappy, all freehand and whatnot...IF that matters to you. I really really dig that's it's older...yeah not a '50s or '60s....but it's got a head start on being an antique...again IF that's important to you...I really do believe that older wood (wood that has been a non-tree for longer, whether recently turned into a guitar or not) resonates better than a piece of the same species/starting weight, etc that is still full of moist saps and tree jizms...this may all be "mojo" or "placebo" but to me it seems like wood keeps drying and hardening over time and it seems acoustically louder. So I really dig that it has some years on it...the stories it could tell, etc...BUT...I'd be way more comfortable at $850ish...if you're gonna spend a lot more...then yeah new kinda makes sense. But I do dig that guitar...low ball him. It's not such a great price that it warrants jumping on.
Whichever Tele you go with...post pics of it! urrbody loves the NGD posts. But if your pictures are blurry someone will point it out to you :)
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