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?