Sounds like what you are really in love with is the sound. Did you play it through your amp or his? Are you sure it's the guitar you're in love with and not the amp, the room, new strings, etc. It's hard for me to believe that you can't find a tele that sounds as good for a lot less money. It's a player, not a collector (unless you want to part out the neck, which you don't) so the age is irrelevant. Let your ears decide, not your heart.