At age 9, George Jones received his first guitar.  It was a Gene Autry Cowboy Guitar, right from “The Melody Ranch”.  George taught himself how to play and practiced until he was able to roam the streets of Beaumont, TX earning tips.  It was tough times during “The Great Depression” and his Dad even made him play on the streets to earn money.  At 11 years old he was producing money by playing his guitar.  At 16, he left home and was on his own, earning a living by playing guitar.
The Discovery of George Jones’ First Guitar  
The “Country Music Hall of Fame” Dan MacPhail an artist who lives in Kevil, KY originally purchased the "Gene Autry Cowboy Guitar" at an estate auction.  It was over 20 years ago, and purchased it just for the historic value of having a Gene Autry Guitar.  Dan displayed the Guitar on the wall of his home with other memorabilia and collectibles.  Clifford Rolwing as the owner of this country music artifact believes this should be available for the world to enjoy. Clifford is now working with the Country  Music Hall of Fame in Nashville,TN to display this historic guitar.  "I believe that it is of such great value that everyone  should have the opportunity to view this piece of history before "The King" has past.  My intentions are to have it displayed in the Country Music Hall of Fame along with other significant George Jones Memorabilia.  I am sure at some time in the future a collector who values this more will want to own this significant Historic Guitar but for now Everybody should enjoy it at the Country Music Hall of Fame." The Country Music Hall of Fame located at 222 5th Avenue South  Nashville, TN 37203 http://countrymusichalloffame.org/ The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum has been the home of America's music since 1967. In keeping with the cultural significance of the music and the heroic achievements of those who form its membership, the Museum opened in a $37 million landmark, new building in May 2001. Located on the west bank of the Cumberland River, just a few steps from the historic Ryman Auditorium and the honky-tonks of Lower Broadway, the monumental edifice, a visceral experience for approaching visitors, invigorates the skyline in downtown Nashville's entertainment district. Look for an update on this site as to the exact date George Jones First Guitar will go on display at Nashville’s World Famous “Country Music Hall of Fame”.    
My “Gene Autry Cowboy Guitar”
Still Shot from the Learning Channel’s Extreme Christmas Tree video, Showing the Gene Autry Cowboy Guitar Hanging on Dan’s wall.
George Jones signed his First Guitar “George Jones and below that “Beaumont Texas 11” referring to his age.
This a video posted about Governor Mike Huckabee and his attachment to the Gene Autry Cowboy Guitar It is listed on YouTube by the Jacksonville Ark Guitar Center
George Jones Very First Known Signature
At age 9, George Jones received his first guitar.  It was a Gene Autry Cowboy Guitar, right from “The Melody Ranch”.  George taught himself how to play and practiced until he was able to roam the streets of Beaumont, TX earning tips.  It was tough times during “The Great Depression” and his Dad even made him play on the streets to earn money.  At 11 years old he was producing money by playing his guitar.  At 16, he left home and was on his own, earning a living by playing guitar.
The Discovery of George Jones’ First Guitar  
The “Country Music Hall of Fame” Dan MacPhail an artist who lives in Kevil, KY originally purchased the "Gene Autry Cowboy Guitar" at an estate auction.  It was over 20 years ago, and purchased it just for the historic value of having a Gene Autry Guitar.  Dan displayed the Guitar on the wall of his home with other memorabilia and collectibles.  Clifford Rolwing as the owner of this country music artifact believes this should be available for the world to enjoy. Clifford is now working with the Country  Music Hall of Fame in Nashville,TN to display this historic guitar.  "I believe that it is of such great value that everyone  should have the opportunity to view this piece of history before "The King" has past.  My intentions are to have it displayed in the Country Music Hall of Fame along with other significant George Jones Memorabilia.  I am sure at some time in the future a collector who values this more will want to own this significant Historic Guitar but for now Everybody should enjoy it at the Country Music Hall of Fame." The Country Music Hall of Fame located at 222 5th Avenue South  Nashville, TN 37203 http://countrymusichalloffame.org/ The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum has been the home of America's music since 1967. In keeping with the cultural significance of the music and the heroic achievements of those who form its membership, the Museum opened in a $37 million landmark, new building in May 2001. Located on the west bank of the Cumberland River, just a few steps from the historic Ryman Auditorium and the honky-tonks of Lower Broadway, the monumental edifice, a visceral experience for approaching visitors, invigorates the skyline in downtown Nashville's entertainment district. Look for an update on this site as to the exact date George Jones First Guitar will go on display at Nashville’s World Famous “Country Music Hall of Fame”.    
My “Gene Autry Cowboy Guitar”
George Jones signed his First Guitar “George Jones and below that “Beaumont Texas 11” referring to his age.
This a video posted about Governor Mike Huckabee and his attachment to the Gene Autry Cowboy Guitar It is listed on YouTube by the Jacksonville Ark Guitar Center
George Jones Very First Known Signature
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