My husband's 50th birthday is approaching next month and his mom and I would like to surprise him. He has longed for a vintage blond Telecaster for as long as I've known him. Ironically, while he is an expert player, our daughter's student model cello is our most expensive instrument in the house. I'd like to change that. He's been reluctant to spend the money, but with his mom chipping in some, the purchase is more feasible. I'm hoping knowledgeable folks here can help me narrow down some of the choices available at the moment. While I realize that it would be best for him to pick it out, I feel that he would just put the brakes on the purchase. Thus, I'm hoping to do as well as I can for coming up with a good option. If I can find one with a good return policy, we'd just be out the shipping if the guitar I choose doesn't feel right. Here's a run down of possibilities I've seen. I'd love to hear your input on which might be the best choice. Also, if you know of other guitars I should consider, feel free to send me a message with a link or more information. Sadly, I don't think a pre-CBS is in our price range, but I'm guessing that some of these would be great guitars also? 1. 1966 Blond Telecaster, all original wiring, electronics & pickups. Maple fretboard, original frets with some life still remaining. Has the ashtray cover. Neck pickup has been professionally rewound. Original case. Downside: There is a large flower sticker on the back of the body. It can be removed but it has been there since 1969 and will show a shadow when it is removed. Price around $9K. Sold from a guitar store. 2. 1965 Blond Telecaster, sparse details in the listing, haven't heard back from seller asking for more details. Photo of electronics indicates that someone has messed with the connections between the pots and switch. Looks like there is electrical tape and a new capacitor. Asking price $10K. Sold from a private party 3. 1969 6.9 oz Blond Telecaster - front pick up replaced over 38 years ago. Price $6,200. 4. 1969 Blond Telecaster - original pick ups, pots dating from 1966, and switch. Missing ashtray cover. Has been refretted. Not the original pick guard. $6K 5. 1968 Blond Telecaster - all original including case. Weighs just over 7lbs. $8,500. Thanks in advance for the help!