Long time country musician, Bill Anderson doesn’t remember how his familiar guitar fell out of his possession almost fifty years ago, but after what was clearly a rough separation for the instrument, the two were finally reunited at the Grand Ole Opry House this past weekend. The guitar was brought to a pawn shop with water and mold damage last year, and fortunately caught the attention of the owner who aimed to restore it after seeing a label that read “Made for Bill Anderson”. After a bit of reaching out, the lost guitar would be well on its way to its rightful owner.
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“As Grauer began to research the guitar’s history, he found a grainy clip of Anderson playing it on The Johnny Cash Show. Four weeks ago, he e-mailed photos of the instrument to Anderson’s secretary, not expecting to hear back. But as soon as Anderson saw the photo of the custom label inside, he knew it was the guitar that had been missing for decades and reached out to the Grauers. […] Grauer responded that he and his wife were celebrating their fifth anniversary on the first weekend in August, and that they were both country-music fans who wanted to visit the Grand Ole Opry. If Anderson could get them to Nashville, they would return the restored guitar to him in person. ‘You wouldn’t believe how quick I bought him an airline ticket,’ Anderson said onstage at the Opry as he told the story to a packed house.”
After receiving the long-lost guitar, Anderson confirmed that it still sounds great. Tell us your thoughts on this lost and found country music story in the comments.