The primary instrument Earl Scruggs used throughout his career is set to go on public display for the first time. His Gibson RB-Granada Mastertone banjo will become part of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's 'Precious Jewels' display in July.

Scruggs acquired the Granada in a trade with Don Reno in the late '40s. He played it on the seminal 1949 recording of his song 'Foggy Mountain Breakdown' by Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & the Foggy Mountain Boys. He continued to use the Granada on the road and in the studio with Flatt & Scruggs and the Earl Scruggs Revue, and he played it for the rest of his life. Scruggs passed away in March of 2012.

The 'Precious Jewels' exhibit spotlights a handful of important instruments that helped to create the foundation of modern country music. Other instruments on display include Mother Maybelle Carter's Gibson L-5 guitar, Lester Flatt's Martin D-28 guitar, Bill Monroe's Gibson F-5 mandolin, Jimmie Rodgers' Martin 00-18 guitar and Hank Williams' Martin D-28 guitar.

Earl Scruggs' banjo will go on display beginning July 12.