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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

When he was just 9 years old, country music legend George Jones received his first guitar. The instrument now belongs to a private collector who said it belongs in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Clifford Rolwing said Jones signed the guitar when he was 11 years old.

"It's part of the history of George. The frets are worn down. But this is what he did every day. Slept with it, he took it to school with him, he did not turn loose of this guitar. And it's just extraordinary," Rolwing said.

Rolwing brought the guitar to Nashville from his home in Missouri so he could show it to officials at the County Music Hall of Fame and allow them to authenticate it.

Jones, who died Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center at age 81, will be honored during a ceremony Thursday at the Grand Ole Opry House. The service begins at 10 a.m. and will be open to the public.

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