I've been tempted by a used MIM Esquire in the same white blonde finish as my Classic 50s Telecaster, but the asking price is about 25% more than I paid for my Tele (and it's a lacquer model too). I did a temporary mod to run my Tele as an Esquire, with the Eldred mod wiring for the switch forward position. It gave me chance to decide if I would find any value in having an Esquire as well as a near identical Tele. I'm really pleased with the result, so I've decided to put together a partscaster using an existing Squier Tele body I have, plus some lightly aged parts I've bought. I'm still deciding whether to take the neck off my Classic 50s Tele (and then upgrade the neck on that guitar) or whether just to buy a neck for the Esquire project. I was also inspired by Stefan's lovely Tangerine Esquire, in particular the rounded off bakelite pickguard. I may still spray mine a similar colour, but I'm leaning towards a 'closet' aged Lake Placid Blue having seen a CS Tele for sale recently in this finish, with a black bakelite 'guard, maple neck and finish checking. This is my test guitar in it's current Esquire configuration: This was my avatar Tele that I modified last year from a standard 2SC 50s Classic. I might do the same modification to bridge on the Esquire as I did on this one. (I've since fitted better springs to the saddles): I liked the slight ageing effect I got by dulling the (poly) finish down by wet sanding, then a light buff, plus some 3M pads on the metal parts. I hope the Esquire project will end up similar, but with some light cracking on the body to add to the worn feel: Just ordered a bakelite Esquire pickguard which I will round over the edge on, like Stefan's Esquire. A few other parts already here, so I'll take some photos and add another post later.