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
My “Gene Autry Cowboy Guitar”
See Dan MacPhails “Extreme Christmas Tree” Learning Channel Video Just Click Below And Look For The “ Gene Autry Cowboy Guitar” Hanging On His Wall. (1:40 on the video)
Still Shot From The Video, Showing The Gene Autry Cowboy Guitar Hanging On Dan’s Wall.
Photos courtesy of Crockette’s Images, Missouri’s Premier Corporate & Event Photographer.
George Jones Poses With His “Gene Autry Cowboy Guitar.” circa 1942-1943
Water Stains Shown Inside George Jones First Guitar From Being In The Rain
George signed: George Jones Beaumont Texas 11
George Jones Very First Known Signature
The “Cowboy Guitar” Discovery Dan Macphail had always seen the Cowboy Guitar hanging on his father studio wall but it never piqued any interest because His dad’s walls were covered with memorabilia and art artifacts collected from all over the US and over 5 decades. In fact, Dan has designed his studio in a similar fashion to his fathers. There are Springbok deer horns, Warthog Tusks from Africa, Elk and Deer horns from Montana, along with photos captured thru the decades. How Donald MacPhail came to own George Jones First Guitar is a mystery yet unsolved. But Donald, who owned a cookie company “Illinois Biscuit”, which he sold to a French company “Lil Biscuit” and is now owned by Gerber also owned a golf club company This allowed him to pursue his passion as a golf pro. So he traveled across the country to play in tournaments and many in the state of Texas. It is his son’s suspicion that in those travels a friend of his dad’s gave him the guitar as Donald was just learning to play. Later on Dan gave his Dad a Martin Guitar as a gift and the Gene Autry Cowboy Guitar just ended up on the wall. No one ever recognized the importance of this possession and wall ornament. Donald also owned a golf club company in Bloomington, Illinois and that was the location of the wall that displayed the Gene Autry Cowboy Guitar for decades. Upon selling the businesses he owned, Donald and his wife moved to Florida. In the early 90’s after living in Florida he decided to build a new home and wouldn’t have a place to display his treasures on a wall any longer. So, in 1993 gave the guitar and other musical instruments hanging on his walls to his son Dan. Donald MacPhail passed in 2014 without ever knowing the value of the little Gene Autry Cowboy Guitar. Danial S. MacPhail took possession of George’s First Guitar and brought it home to his studio in Kevil, Kentucky. He hung it on his studio wall, oblivious to the fact that George Jones crafted his musical skills on this Harmony Gene Autry Guitar. Dan MacPhail is a successful artist who has developed a career by designing Christmas trees, Chandeliers and Western Furniture from Elk, Deer and Antelope horns. Without his fame as a noted artist George’s First Guitar might never have been discovered. The Cowboy Guitar hung on Dan’s Studio wall from 1993 until the day of a video taping by The Discovery Channel to film a segment of the channel’s “Extreme Christmas Trees” program. The filming was specially designed to tell Dan’s story about his special design talents and feature his website https://www.macphailstudio.com. In December of 2011, a TV production crew for the Discovery/Learning Channel came to Dan's home and studio to film and document the story for a show titled "Extreme Christmas Trees". Dan was renowned for his Famous "Antler Christmas Trees", which sell for up to $50,000. While in the process of filming, one of the soundmen noticed the guitar displayed on the wall and asked if he could examine it closer. Dan said “sure, take a look.” He removed it off the wall and as he examined it, discovered the signature located on the back of the guitar. It was there ever so faintly written by George Jones himself. He used a lead pencil to sign it. George tells the story of hiding his First Guitar in the leaves when he went to school so he could get it quickly or when he skipped school and would play. "After my dad got me my first little guitar, I wouldn't lay it down, hardly," Mr. Jones told The Tennessean. "I took it to school with me. I'd hide it in the woods and cover it with leaves, and if a big rain came and it got wet, I'd pour the water out of it. Them guitars never warped." And those water marks can be seen on the inside of the guitar today. He must have signed it so no one would steal it or he could recognize if it was stolen. But he did sign it: George Jones Beaumont Texas 11 Steve, the Soundman asked Dan if he knew who the guitar belonged to and Dan said he had no idea. It was just important to him because of the rarity of owning a "Gene Autry Cowboy Guitar". Steve, explained to Dan that this guitar was the very first guitar of George Jones and wanted to take pictures of the guitar. He asked Dan if he minded if he showed pictures and told George Jones about the Guitar. Steve had met George before during other video tapings. He took the pictures of the guitar and forwarded them to George Jones. Upon seeing the pictures, George commented "That's my guitar, I would love to have it back. George Jones called Dan MacPhail and asked if he could see the guitar and what would it take to get it back. George offered to buy his First Guitar back. Dan said he would gladly return the guitar for free and give it to George. George then said that he was going to be giving a concert in Paducah, KY on April the first, 2012 and that Dan could bring friends and family to the concert and present it to him at the concert on stage. George said "Get some friends together and I will give you free tickets to the concert". Dan had 12 friends that he wanted to take and called back to get the tickets for himself and his 12 friends. Nancy Jones would only give Dan 8 tickets, even though there was no such limitation. Calmly Dan, clearly aggravated by the turn of events told the Nancy and staff member, "I can't come to the concert and I will just hang on to the guitar”. Clifford Rolwing was visiting his friend Dan and noticed the guitar hanging on the wall during a conversation with Dan in the studio. He asked Dan "What's with the Gene Autry Guitar"? Dan proceeded to tell him the story. Right then, Clifford knew he had to have this Historic Guitar. There is nothing that George Jones has ever owned in his life that is more significant to his becoming "The King of Country Music" than this Historic Guitar! It shaped his destiny to become the most famous country singer in modern history. Clifford offered to purchase the guitar but thought it best to think on it for an evening before making a cash offer. “I thought on it all night and the following day, I made him an offer he couldn't refuse". That was in June of 2012. Clifford Rolwing was now the proud owner of "George Jones First Guitar".

See Dan MacPhails creations

MacPhailStudio.com
Kentucky Monthly Article on Dan MacPhail
Dan, Dan the Antler Man By Sarah Dills
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
My “Gene Autry Cowboy Guitar”
See Dan MacPhails “Extreme Christmas Tree” Learning Channel Video Just Click Below And Look For The “ Gene Autry Cowboy Guitar” Hanging On His Wall. (1:40 on the video)
Still Shot From The Video, Showing The Gene Autry Cowboy Guitar Hanging On Dan’s Wall.
Photos courtesy of Crockette’s Images, Missouri’s Premier Corporate & Event Photographer.
George Jones Poses With His “Gene Autry Cowboy Guitar.” circa 1942- 1943
George signed: George Jones Beaumont Texas 11
George Jones Very First Known Signature
Water Stains Shown Inside George Jones First Guitar From Being In The Rain

See Dan MacPhails creations

MacPhailStudio.com
Dan, Dan the Antler Man By Sarah Dills
Kentucky Monthly Article on Dan MacPhail
The “Cowboy Guitar” Discovery Chapter Five The Rediscovery Of The First Guitar Dan Macphail had always seen the Cowboy Guitar hanging on his father studio wall but it never piqued any interest because His dad’s walls were covered with memorabilia and art artifacts collected from all over the US and over 5 decades. In fact, Dan has designed his studio in a similar fashion to his fathers. There are Springbok deer horns, Warthog Tusks from Africa, Elk and Deer horns from Montana, along with photos captured thru the decades. How Donald MacPhail came to own George Jones First Guitar is a mystery yet unsolved. But Donald, who owned a cookie company “Illinois Biscuit”, which he sold to a French company “Lil Biscuit” and is now owned by Gerber also owned a golf club company this allowed him to pursue his passion as golf pro. So he traveled across the country to play in tournaments and many in the state of Texas. It is his son’s suspicion that in those travels a friend of his dad’s gave him the guitar as Donald was just learning to play. Later on Dan gave his Dad a Martin Guitar as a gift and the Gene Autry Cowboy Guitar just ended up on the wall. No one ever recognized the importance of this possession and wall ornament. Donald also owned a golf club company in Bloomington, Illinois and that was the location of the wall that displayed the Gene Autry Cowboy Guitar for decades. Upon selling the businesses he owned, Donald and his wife moved to Florida. In the early 90’s after living in Florida he decided to build a new home and wouldn’t have a place to display his treasures on a wall any longer. So, in 1993 gave the guitar and other musical instruments hanging on his walls to his son Dan. Donald MacPhail passed in 2014 without ever knowing the value of the little Gene Autry Cowboy Guitar. Danial S. MacPhail took possession of George’s First Guitar and brought it home to his studio in Kevil, Kentucky. He hung it on his studio wall, oblivious to the fact that George Jones crafted his musical skills on this Harmony Gene Autry Guitar. Dan MacPhail is a successful artist who has developed a career by designing Christmas trees, Chandeliers and Western Furniture from Elk, Deer and Antelope horns. Without his fame as a noted artist George’s First Guitar might never have been discovered. The Cowboy Guitar hung on Dan’s Studio wall from 1993 until the day of a video taping by The Discovery Channel to film a segment of the channel’s “Extreme Christmas Trees” program. The filming was specially designed to tell Dan’s story about his special design talents and feature his website https://www.macphailstudio.com. In December of 2011, a TV production crew for the Discovery/Learning Channel came to Dan's home and studio to film and document the story for a show titled "Extreme Christmas Trees". Dan was renowned for his Famous "Antler Christmas Trees", which sell for up to $50,000. While in the process of filming, one of the soundmen noticed the guitar displayed on the wall and asked if he could examine it closer. Dan said “sure, take a look.” He removed it off the wall and as he examined it, discovered the signature located on the back of the guitar. It was there ever so faintly written by George Jones himself. He used a lead pencil to sign it. George tells the story of hiding his First Guitar in the leaves when he went to school so he could get it quickly or when he skipped school and would play. "After my dad got me my first little guitar, I wouldn't lay it down, hardly," Mr. Jones told The Tennessean. "I took it to school with me. I'd hide it in the woods and cover it with leaves, and if a big rain came and it got wet, I'd pour the water out of it. Them guitars never warped." And those water marks can be seen on the inside of the guitar today. He must have signed it so no one would steal it or he could recognize if it was stolen. But he did sign it: George Jones Beaumont Texas 11 Steve, the Soundman asked Dan if he knew who the guitar belonged to and Dan said he had no idea. It was just important to him because of the rarity of owning a "Gene Autry Cowboy Guitar". Steve, explained to Dan that this guitar was the very first guitar of George Jones and wanted to take pictures of the guitar. He asked Dan if he minded if he showed pictures and told George Jones about the Guitar. Steve had met George before during other video tapings. He took the pictures of the guitar and forwarded them to George Jones. Upon seeing the pictures, George commented "That's my guitar; I would love to have it back. George Jones called Dan MacPhail and asked if he could see the guitar and what would it take to get it back. George offered to buy his First Guitar back. Dan said he would gladly return the guitar for free and give it to George. George then said that he was going to be giving a concert in Paducah, KY on April the first, 2012 and that Dan could bring friends and family to the concert and present it to him at the concert on stage. George said "Get some friends together and I will give you free tickets to the concert". Dan had 12 friends that he wanted to take and called back to get the tickets for himself and his 12 friends. Nancy Jones would only give Dan 8 tickets, even though there was no such limitation. Calmly Dan, clearly aggravated by the turn of events told the Nancy and staff member, "I can't come to the concert and I will just hang on to the guitar”. Clifford Rolwing was visiting his friend Dan and noticed the guitar hanging on the wall during a conversation with Dan in the studio. He asked Dan "What's with the Gene Autry Guitar"? Dan proceeded to tell him the story. Right then, Clifford knew he had to have this Historic Guitar. There is nothing that George Jones has ever owned in his life that is more significant to his becoming "The King of Country Music" than this Historic Guitar! It shaped his destiny to become the most famous country singer in modern history. Clifford offered to purchase the guitar but thought it best to think on it for an evening before making a cash offer. “I thought on it all night and the following day, I made him an offer he couldn't refuse". That was in Jun of 2012. Clifford Rolwing was now the proud owner of "George Jones First Guitar".