Tupelo, Mississippi: Where Elvis Got His First Guitar

RoadsideAmerica.com Team Field Report

Tupelo Hardware

114 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS
Tupelo Hardware. East side of downtown. US Hwy 45 to the E. Main St. exit, then west several blocks. North side, between Front and Spring Sts. Just west of the railroad tracks.
M-F 7-5:30, Sa 7-noon (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Save to My Sights

Button portrait at Tupelo Hardware.

Where Elvis Got His First Guitar
His mama bought it at Tupelo Hardware on his 11th birthday. Get a souvenir Elvis yardstick! Yes, there's a historical marker out front. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [01/06/2013]

Visitor Tips and News About Where Elvis Got His First Guitar

Reports and tips from RoadsideAmerica.com visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Tupelo Hardware.

Where Elvis Got His First Guitar

From Tupelo Hardware Take a walk around the nice downtown area, and there are good spots for a meal, too.

[Steve Cutright, 04/25/2019]


Tupelo Hardware Store

A must for any Elvis fan, this is the store where Elvis (well, his mother) bought his first guitar. There is an "X" on the floor that marks where they stood when they bought the guitar. The store is old school -- as it was in the '50s. A big plus is although it is a working hardware store the staff welcome tourists to take photos.

[Carolyn Earle, 04/26/2015]
Tupelo Hardware Co. - Elvis

Tupelo Hardware is a charming little "old fashioned" hardware store. It's where "Gladys bought her son his first guitar." They can't say Elvis bought his first guitar here because they would have to get licensing and pay EP enterprises. You can buy keychains, t-shirts and yardsticks which say "Tupelo Hardware - where Glady bought her son his first guitar." If you step up to the counter in this place one of the guys will give you the story of Elvis and his Mama coming in on his 12th birthday and will show you the model he wound up with.

[rhonda bartlett, 10/25/2003]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Touch the Hand of ElvisTouch the Hand of Elvis, Tupelo, MS - < 1 mi.
Cheeseburger Booth of ElvisCheeseburger Booth of Elvis, Tupelo, MS - 1 mi.
Birthplace of ElvisBirthplace of Elvis, Tupelo, MS - 1 mi.
In the region:
Sin Alco: "You'll Like It", Corinth, MS - 48 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

July 2, 2020

My Sights

My Sights

Map and Plan Your Own Roadside Adventure

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

Mississippi Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Atomic Cannons (Jun 29-Jul 5, 2020)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from RoadsideAmerica.com. Subscribe now!
RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Book Now