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Country Music Legend Reunited With Decades-Old Guitar

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Posted at 9:59 PM, Aug 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 16:53:53-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- This weekend a reunion 50 years in the making brought together a long lost guitar and a country music legend.

Bill Anderson has experienced all the fame that has come with being a country music icon for the past 50 years, but for most of that time he's been without one of his prized guitars -- a Grammer guitar he used back when he first hit it big.

That was until Mike Grauer, a pawn shop owner in Phoenix, found the guitar with Anderson's name in it in his shop about a month ago.

He contacted Anderson about it, and Anderson flew Grauer out to the Opry Saturday as he was finally given back the guitar he had first played a half a century ago.

“I sort of forgot about it, I really did, because it was an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ type thing,” Anderson said. “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.”

Grauer formally presented the guitar to Bill Anderson in front of the Opry crowd Saturday night.