Is this a legit reason not to buy an otherwise perfect Tele?

Discussion in 'Telecaster/Esquire Forum' started by Proliferant, Jun 30, 2021.

Should I buy the surf green Tele?

  1. Hell yes!

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  2. Hell no!

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  3. Buy the Daphne blue one online.

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  4. I want a cheeseburger.

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  1. Proliferant

    Proliferant Strat-Talk Member

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    I've been checking out Teles for a couple of weeks, looking for "the one" with the right tone, neck, fingerboard, fit and finish, etc.. I've tried five or six recently, and today found myself playing one which checks almost all the boxes. It's a Fender Vintera 50s Modified Tele, MIM. It's been hanging in a shop since before Covid, so the strings are slightly corroded and needed stretching, and the neck needed a bit of a clean, but it plays very nicely, sounds lovely and I suspect it'll be great with a little TLC and a new set of strings.

    The only thing is, the colour is surf green. It's nothing logical, but it somewhat repels me. Perhaps it reminds me of hospital walls or the handbag of someone's mother when I was young. There's something sickly, yet artificial, about it. It's cool, in a way, fifties futuristic or sixties pastel, but it's not something I feel drawn to and I'm thinking if I buy it, I will probably shun any corner I put it in. It will not evoke joy.

    There aren't many guitar shops in this city (or country) and none with their stocks online has the Daphne blue version, which I'd definitely go for (albeit swapping out the pickguard for a mint green or parchment one).

    Am I being rational here? Should I buy the guitar because it ticks all the boxes in terms of playability, quality and tone, and somehow learn to love it like an ugly baby? Would it become a contender for my life's greatest regrets if I pass up on it?

    More to the point perhaps, should I buy the blue version online and unseen from another country? Would you trust Fender implicitly in terms of their construction and quality control?
     
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    fezz parka fezz parka

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    If it bugs you...then don't buy it.

    If I had an Antigua Tele that played and sounded great...I could get over the fact that it's butt ugly.:)
     
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  3. heltershelton

    heltershelton Vivamus libero Vivamus duris

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    i have a seafoam green tele.
    colors like seafoam and surf green will grow on you.
     
  4. Belexes

    Belexes Strat-O-Master

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    I thought that thing was Gumby Green. I like that color.
     
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  5. archetype

    archetype Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    What's your focus? Looks? The way it plays? Both?

    I buy a guitar to play. I'm not overly sympathetic about your dilemma. Buy it or don't. Keep looking if it's not what you want.

    Fenders are not numerous in Poland, but you should be patient and seek out what you want.
     
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    BuddyHollywood Strat-O-Master

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    I like certain looks. I get it if you can’t get over the look of something. I can’t stand Strats with matching headstocks. I don’t know if I could get past that.
     
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    Handsome McClane Senior Stratmaster

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    I'm in the it'll probably grow on you category. IMO Surf green is a pretty cool color; the Jeff Beck model comes in surf green.

    I always hated the big headstocks on the '70s Strats. Last year I found my perfect model that checked all the boxes except for a big headstock - the MIM Deluxe Roadhouse Strat. Now I've got two of them and I like the headstocks as much as the normal sized ones.
     
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    Guitarmageddon Dr. Stratster

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    who needs a Tele when you can have a Cheeseburger??!!
     
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    Is it a matching headstock?
     
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    AngelDeVille Senior Stratmaster

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    Surf green? That’s probably the only color worth having.
     
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    Dare1 Most Honored Senior Member

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    This is the best answer, in my opinion.
     
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    Wayne Adams Strat-O-Master

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    While I'm in the "I hate surf green category", if it pleased me in every other respect, I could live with the color.

    Or, y'know, I'd yank out the ol' paint gun... :D
     
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  14. heltershelton

    heltershelton Vivamus libero Vivamus duris

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    yep.....
    mine is based on this fender custom shop '52 (in looks only).
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    dirocyn Most Honored Senior Member

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    If you're asking for an excuse not to buy it, it's not the right one. Keep looking. When you play the right one, you'll know. You won't ask, you won't have to.
     
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    Nadnitram Most Honored Senior Member

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    If I'm paying full price, it's gotta tick all my boxes. If I'm getting a good deal, then I'm willing to bend a little. For example, I typically avoid red guitars. That changed pretty quickly when I got a good deal on a Strat Plus in Crimson Burst. I bought it as fast as I could, and haven't regretted it for a moment.

    If the guitar were that special, I don't think you'd be asking us on the forum. You'd already be sitting at home playing it.
     
  17. Chipss36

    Chipss36 Strat-O-Master

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    it took a lot of looking and playing to find the one..

    I say keep looking, find exactly what you want, make no compromise.
    It will take more playing than 5 or 6 teles to find a true keeper.

    And the sweet ones don’t hang around long.
    Find out when the store does its purchasing, usually after namm, or so, my keeper was literally still wet.
    And had just arrived. With the stores yearly purchase , and I had a bunch to pick through…cost me a case of beer though…and then another…I found it, paid cash, full retail and no haggling…I wanted that guitar. It had the clarity that other great teles I had played but not owned had, and was what I was after.

    My tele was gummy, and I thought about sending it back, but the tone and weight, the color everything was spot on, a few weeks later, it was solid, it just needed to dry….no telling what a refinish would have done tone wise…
    That tele took my playing to a new level.
    Sorry gear doesn’t matter guys, not sorry…

    keep looking…
     
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    Bob the builder Most Honored Senior Member

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    I get it
    When I was trying teles I tried a Paisley.
    It really did play well & was comfortable
    I couldnt get over Paisley.
     
  19. Stratoman10

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    Not a fan of the color but if you like everything else and its pretty much the best shot you have for the foreseeable future maybe take the chance. If Teles are that hard to find there you could probably sell it for close to what you bought it for
     
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    KillingTone Strat-O-Master Platinum Supporting Member

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    Surf Green is OK but I love Daphne Blue. And mine is a great player, one of my favorite guitars. Great neck, 4 way switch, S-1, amazing guitar.

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