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.”

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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.