Georges Coné was born in Mirecourt in 1896. He moved to Lyon in 1896 to study with Paul Blanchard. In 1912 he left to work in various workshops outside of France. Finally, in 1928, he moved back to Lyon to take over the workshop of Emile Boulangeot. Coné was appointed the official luthier for the philharmonic orchestra of Lyon and the Lyon Conservatory.
Coné won a silver medal at the Paris International Exposition in 1889 and a gold medal in 1900. In 1894 and 1914 he won the Grand prix at Lyon. Coné trained his son, Robert Coné, as his apprentice starting when Robert was only ten. Eventually Robert succeeded him as the owner of the family workshop.