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, 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.  In December of 2011, a TV production  crew for the Learning Channel came to  Dan's home 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 $25,000.  While in the process of filming, one of the producers noticed the guitar displayed on the wall and asked if he could examine it closer.  He was allowed to take it off the wall and he discovered the signature located on the back of the guitar.  It was there ever so faintly written by George Jones himself.  He must have 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 The producer 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 finding a "Gene Autry Cowboy Guitar".  Steve, the cameraman explained to Dan that this guitar was the very first guitar of George Jones and wanted to take pictures of the guitar.  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.  Dan said he would gladly return the guitar 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.  The promoter would only give Dan 8 tickets, even though there was no such limitation.  Calmly Dan, clearly aggravated by the turn of events told the promoter 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.  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 is now the proud owner of "George Jones First Guitar". Clifford Rolwing 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 3720 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.

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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
The “Cowboy Guitar” Discovery 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.  In December of 2011, a TV production  crew for the Learning Channel came to  Dan's home 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 $25,000.  While in the process of filming, one of the producers noticed the guitar displayed on the wall and asked if he could examine it closer.  He was allowed to take it off the wall and he discovered the signature located on the back of the guitar.  It was there ever so faintly written by George Jones himself.  He must have 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 The producer 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 finding a "Gene Autry Cowboy Guitar".  Steve, the cameraman explained to Dan that this guitar was the very first guitar of George Jones and wanted to take pictures of the guitar.  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.  Dan said he would gladly return the guitar 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.  The promoter would only give Dan 8 tickets, even though there was no such limitation.  Calmly Dan, clearly aggravated by the turn of events told the promoter 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.  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 is now the proud owner of "George Jones First Guitar". Clifford Rolwing 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.

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