I acquired my Nocaster sans the neck pickup. It is a ri, but the stock pickup in the bridge is nothing short of total wonder. I think of making it into a Tele, but I'd have to have some phenomenal neck pickup. I thought of installing an Arcane Gold coil in the neck. But the point is, if you go Esquire, make sure the bridge pickup is wunderkind. Mine has a 3d sound that would be hard to replicate. But don't put in some cheap 49,99 pickup do some research and drop some extra coin, you'll be happy. For instance, I'd start at an Antiquity and look at its competition or better; its ONE pickup.