Right now, I'm contemplating selling my #1 axe to fund a new one. I've been playing the same Fender Am Std telecaster for a good while now, and it's been such a great guitar for me. It was my first real Fender, first real Tele, but I think I may be itching for something else now. I'm a rhythm player and vocalist, so in recent years, I've gravitated toward hardtail guitars with a focus on rhythm playing, and cleaner, more complex tones. I feel that the telecaster was the perfect first step in that direction, and has become somewhat of a foundation for my playing and writing to evolve upon. I recently spotted a used '62 RI Hot Rod Strat in Sherwood Green, and it's an absolute steal of a deal, which is causing me to have this conundrum. In the past, I've owned strats, and had previously though I wasn't a strat guy. Truth be told, my strats were just kind of "meh" guitars, both partscasters. I've recently been playing around on a current Am Std strat at work, and it feels totally fine, really great sounding, and both super easy and fun to play. I feel that I got the wrong impression of strats overall because I owned a couple that were both less than stellar examples. I've owned a '64 RI telecaster, and I can honestly say that anything from the AVRI line is quality, and at least worth checking out. That guitar wasn't my thing in the end, but conceptually, it was spot on what I had been looking for, and the quality was superb. I really want to give this strat a try, I know I'll prefer the nitro finish, and I love the color, Sherwood green is so gorgeous, and I feel like I don't see it around that often, so the hipster in me is burning to have it. I could probably swing the deal without selling my telecaster, but I'm tempted to try anyway, just to seal the deal for myself, and really force myself to invest in familiarizing myself with a new(ish) kind of instrument. What do you guys think? I already know I'm overthinking it.