A busker in Scotland had his guitar smashed on the street – so Jack White bought him a new one

Jack White performs live on stage during a one-off solo concert in support of his debut solo album 'Blunderbuss', at the Kentish Town Forum on April 23, 2012 in London, United Kingdom
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In the “you never know who’s paying attention to you online” department, an Edinburgh, Scotland-based busker who had his instrument smashed on the street received a new electric guitar courtesy of none other than Jack White, who read about his plight via a GoFundMe page.

The busker in question, Matt Grant, set up the GoFundMe to raise money for a new instrument after, as he described it, “the worst thing that could have happened happened. Someone came up while I was busking and smashed my guitar.”

He continued, “The lady was drunk. Often I don’t rise to people coming up and talking nonsense but this lady was pushing it too far. She was in my face swearing and shouting at me. I told her to go away and she wasn’t having any of it.

“She grabbed my guitar and smashed it over the ground. The police intervened [and] she was arrested. But now I'm out of a guitar to busk with for the time being.”

The GoFundMe was a success, with Grant purchasing a new Sigma acoustic.

But what happened next was even more of a welcome surprise.

“This morning I came into GuitarGuitar Edinburgh to pick up the new acoustic,” Grant wrote on Instagram.

“Next thing I know I'm on the phone to @officialjackwhitelive's manager who tells me Jack White has seen my GoFundMe page, feels bad for what happened and wants to buy me a new guitar.

“Flash-forward one kid in a candy shop later testing as many guitars as possible and I settle on a #custommade #fenderstratocaster.”

You can check out the Fender Custom Shop Strat above.

“Absolute once in a million lifetimes thing happened today and I cannot thank Jack enough for his absolute generosity,” Grant wrote. “Apparently he saw what happened and hit up his manager just this morning, who then amazingly tracked me down to the guitar shop just in time for me to walk out with this absolute beauty.

“Thanks Jack. I'd love to thank you personally one day, you're a legend.”

For more information on the saga, check out Grant’s official Instagram page.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.