I've been thinking about picking up a decent esquire, and doing a little reading. One thing I have noticed is that it's a very odd market. Being primarily interested in an actual Fender model, I find there are virtually no examples available at what feels like reasonable prices. Now, truthfully, not having actually bought a guitar for about 5 years, I am, quite probably, fairly out of touch with pricing, but I did pick up my lightly used mid-90s MIM tele for about $250 in 2014 or so, but prices for a used esquire seem to be minimum triple that...for that matter, used MIM teles are considerably higher than I anticipated. In any event, it definitely looks like I'm much more likely to find a nice tele and do a conversion myself. Anyway, I guess what I'm asking isn't so much about value as why the value. First, I'm guessing that Esquires were never issued as 'standard', eg, they're all some sort of special edition. That, in turn, has implications for scarcity, which would also have impact on street cost. Am I missing some other aspect of single-pickup planks?