When I went looking for my first electric, back in the pre-internet era, I had it narrowed down to a white Ibanez Strat copy someone advertised in the local paper and a beat up LPB Tele I saw at a pawn shop. I looked at the Strat first and it was glorious, plus it came with a nice Fender case missing the metal Fender logo. The Tele I stumbled upon when looking in the pawn shop. There was something about it that seemed really cool, even though it was beat up. The older brother of a girl down the street from me was a musician and he came with me to check it out. I remember he played "Mississippi Queen" on it and it sounded incredible. But it was all beat up looking, and it was more than the Ibanez, and it didn't come with a case. I went back and bought the Ibanez. The next day, I had a sickening feeling that I had made a huge mistake. I thought maybe I could go back and get the Tele, then sell the Ibanez. Went through all the cash I had left from mowing lawns, but was way short. I thought about asking my parents for a loan, but they already frowned on me having one electric guitar, so I didn't bother. Months went by. I went back to the pawn shop and it was gone. I didn't think much more about Telecasters until about 10 years ago. I bought and sold several. Nothing seemed to "click". It took years to find the 3 I have now-- an American Special with a Baja neck, a parts caster Deluxe with a 1" neck, and a Road Worn with the copper finish. I don't feel like the Telecaster is my favorite guitar, but it's one I can't be without. I still think about the LPB one I saw in the pawn shop and wonder how differently my playing would have evolved had I bought it. It was probably a '60s Tele, and would now likely be worth far, far more than the $185 they were asking for it back then.