Mike, I love that tele. Gorgeous color.
JW, what instrument are you thinking about? Whatever it is, I support it
Here’s another factor to consider in relic vs old: will you take a vintage piece out places to play? Not that long ago (maybe 10 years ago) I had a chance to buy an old D18 that Norman Blake had owned for years. For what it was, the price was good. It was expensive, but it was doable. It had gorgeous wear on it. A super nice playing and sounding guitar. I got the wife onboard and was all fired up to get it and then… I didn’t. The truth is, I realized I’d be afraid to play something that nice out. I know lots of people do, but I guess I am kind of a wimp in that regard. Once I had that realization, the question was did I want the guitar to play it or collect it? I don’t think I want to be a collector, so I didn’t get it. I do still think about that one. I am still not sure if it was the biggest non-purchase mistake I have made or if it was a good and sober decision.