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"My first guitar, on “Green Onions,” was an Esquire – had to be early-’50s. I sanded it down and painted it purple in my parents’ garage at home. I don’t know what year that white Tele was – probably a ’62 or ’63. I bought it new." -Steve Cropper in the October 2008 issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine the guitar in question would almost certainly be a '53 or 54 Esquire judging by cosmetics in photos and Steve's comment that it was 'early' 50s so I went with '54 since someone had already added this item to Equipboard and I am lazy... -JMmore
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