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The headstock finish and decal are original, as are the bridge assembly (with pre-'54
serial number stamped in front of the saddles), control wiring, and neck plate.

"It's now back with me here in Austin,
and I take it out every so often," Andrews
said. "One evening, I took it for Jimmie
Vaughan to play at C-Boy's Heart & Soul.
It sounded fantastic, and Jimmie brought
Jake up to play 'Okie Dokie Stomp' backed
by his drummer and B-3 player. There's
video of that, and of Jimmie playing it,
on YouTube.''
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Special thanks to Dan Forte and John Andrews.
To read more about Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown,
see the March '15 installment of Wolf Marshall's
"Fretprints" column. Also, read our new interview
with Jimmie Vaughan on page 18 in this issue.
And, you can read an exclusive interview with Jake
Andrews in the digital New Gear Yearbook, at www.
vintageguitar.com/ YEARBOOK2018.

Headstock, neck plate, bridge, and control wiring photos by Ricardo Ainslie.

Houston's Liberty Hall, he paid a
visit to H&H Music to see his friends
Texas Tom and Red Novak.
"When Red saw me, he said, 'I've got
something for you,' and he disappeared
to the back. He returned with a beat up
old Esquire and handed it to me saying,
'This is the guitar that Gatemouth played
on "Okie Dokie Stomp."'
Though Andrews doesn't recall whether
Novak gave the guitar to him or asked
the going rate of about $125, he had an
amazing guitar/conversation piece that he
played every so often over the following
20 years before the occasion arose for it
to resurface thanks to Andrews' son, Jake,
who in 1991 was a rising prodigy on the
Austin music scene.
"That March, Jake was invited to do a
guest spot on 'The Texas Connection' with
Gatemouth," he said of the TV program
that was produced by the folks at "Austin
City Limits."
"Jake took his Duo-Sonic and I took the
Esquire along to show Gate. It didn't even
have strings, but while Jake was holding
the Esquire, Gatemouth - who could be
surly - came up and asked, 'Boy, is that
the guitar you're going to play?' Jake said,
'No, but my dad says it's the one you played
on "Okie Dokie Stomp."'
"Gate said, 'Where's your dad?' and Jake
motioned to me. Then he asked, 'Where'd
you get that?' and I told him about H&H
Music and how Red Novak told me he'd
played it on the original recording of 'Okie
Dokie Stomp.' He asked if it had a date,
so I removed the neck and sure enough
there was writing - 'TG 2-1-51.' Gate said,
'If Red said that was my guitar, then it's
the one Leo Fender gave me in late 1951
and I recorded "Okie Dokie Stomp" on it.'
"I pointed out that photos from the
era showed him holding a blackguard
Telecaster - never an Esquire - but he was
emphatic, saying, 'I recorded "Okie Dokie
Stomp" on a one-pickup Esquire! '"
After the taping, Brown signed and
dated the back of the headstock.
Fast-forward 18 years to early 2009.
Andrews, wanting to have the Esquire's
body refinished, reached out to J.W. Black,
who had worked as a master builder in
the Fender Custom Shop and used his
considerable resources including photos
of early Broadcasters and Esquires to give
it a look Andrews calls "...nothing short
of spectacular. Even Gatemouth would
be proud of it!"
The guitar then spent nearly a decade
on loan to the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame, where it was part of a display with
Muddy Waters' Telecaster and John Lee
Hooker's goldtop Les Paul.


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