Country legend Bill Anderson has been reunited with one of his most prized guitars after 50 years of being apart.
When Anderson first found fame as a solo performer in the ’60s, he was regularly seen performing on stage with a Grammer acoustic guitar. As the years went by though, the guitar somehow went out of Anderson’s possession, until this past weekend.
Mike Grauer owns a pawn shop in Phoenix and found the guitar in his store last month. When he saw Anderson’s name on the instrument, he contacted the 77-year-old to give the guitar back to its rightful owner.
“I sort of forgot about it, I really did, because it was an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ type thing,” Anderson told NewsChannel 5. “I think I loaned it to a museum, and that’s the last thing I remember, until Mike said it was in his store in Phoenix.”
Once Anderson found out about the guitar, he flew Grauer out to Nashville, Tenn. for a special reunion. Grauer was able to present Anderson with the guitar during a performance at the Grand Ole Opry on Aug. 8. It was a special moment in country music history that neither Anderson nor Grauer will ever forget.