The Country Music Hall of Fame just got an iconic piece of memorabilia. Roy Acuff’s cherished fiddle has been donated to the museum by Vince Gill, who acquired the fiddle this year.
The iconic instrument was found and given to Acuff by American soldiers stationed in Germany at the end of World War II. It is now on display in a spotlight exhibit in the museum’s upper-level galleries.
“It felt important to me that the great Roy Acuff’s fiddle join the ranks of other revered instruments in the museum’s permanent collection—including Maybelle Carter’s 1928 Gibson L-5 guitar and Bill Monroe’s 1923 Gibson F-5 mandolin,” Vince shares. “The fiddle was given to Acuff by soldiers during a time of war because of how much he meant to them. He meant a lot to me, too.”