Stolen guitar returned to George Jones 46 years later
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Stolen guitar returned to George Jones 46 years later

Friday, June 13, 2008 – George Jones and his 1957 Martin 000-18 acoustic guitar will reunite after 46 years of separation on Saturday.

In 1962, Jones and the guitar parted ways - the guitar was stolen by two boys looking to sell it for "beer money," from Jones while he performed a series of shows at Panther Hall in Ft. Worth, Texas. A short time after stealing the guitar from Jones, the two sold it to Larry Berry. The guitar, equipped with a strap that includes Jones' name bordered with streaks of "White Lightning," was sold to Berry for $10. Now, almost 50 years later, the guitar will be returned to its rightful owner.

Berry recently contacted Tom Perryman of 104.1 "The Ranch" (KKUS-FM) in Tyler, Texas, in attempt to reach Jones regarding the stolen guitar. It was not clear how or if Berry knew the guitar was stolen.

The attempt to contact Jones was successful. "When I got that call from Tom, I thought it was just a radio station playing a joke like they always do, but as it turned out, it was the real deal," says Jones. "I just can't wait to get it back and start pickin'."

Berry will return the guitar to Jones during his concert at Diamond Jacks Casino in Bossier City, La., but only under one condition In exchange for the guitar, Berry wants his money back, according to Jones' publicist.

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