I’d buy another flamed neck guitar again, I’d just have to really look it over. As far as the esquire went it played and sounded fantastic! Total winner but a warped and possible unplayable neck in the future trumps how it plays and sounds now. I traded a pretty mint 2018 custom shop les Paul R8 for the esquire. He paid $3500CAD for the esquire so we did a swap back after a week and he was able to return the guitar. So the esquire may pop back up at the store for cheap but really if the neck gets worse and has to be replaced, then you have a really expensive partscasters.