John Mayer once bumped into a fan at a music store, and ended up buying her the guitar of her dreams

John Mayer (left) and Julie Fermin
(Image credit: Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images / Julie Fermin/Twitter)

It’s an unfortunate fact that many people will navigate their way through life without receiving the opportunity to meet their six-string heroes. For most people, merely attending gigs and concerts is the closest they’ll get to some of the biggest names in the guitar world.

Meanwhile, a handful of others are blessed with good fortune, and may in fact cross paths with electric guitar stars at the most unlikely places. A chance encounter at the local coffee shop, perhaps, or a fleeting exchange on the subway.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.