Kim Clemons was recently searching for gems to place in her antique shop in Houston Heights, Texas, when she came across a weathered Fender Acoustic guitar that had definitely seen better days.
Sitting there at the auction house, Clemons learned that the guitar was salvaged from debris left over from the devastating Hurricane Ike in 2008. Clemons ended up purchasing it for $36, and even though there were no cracks in it, the guitar had corroded tuning pegs and even more debris inside it.
What drew her eye was the many signatures that adorned the guitar’s top, all personalized to “Ashton” in what appears to be 2000.
“If guitars could talk, so to speak, imagine what it would tell us,” she told Houston news station Local 2.
“It’s personalized to Ashton. Ashton needs to have this back,” Clemons continued.
According to Local 2, Clemons will keep the guitar until she locates the owner.
In the meantime, watch a news clip of Clemons and the guitar below, and email Local 2′s Robert Arnold at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any information about the guitar’s owner.