History tells us Lester bought the guitar for $115 at a pawnshop in Charleston, WV, in 1956. He used the instrument for the better part of his career.
Home to Flatt’s world renowned G-run for nearly 25 years, the Martin was used on most of Flatt & Scruggs’s classic recordings and live performances, including Grand Ole Opry broadcasts and their appearances on the national television show Beverly Hillbillies and the Martha White-sponsored Flatt & Scruggs Grand Ole Opry.
This instrument is just part of a larger collection of items donated by Marty Stuart and Connie Smith. You can view the complete list of donated items on the museum’s website.