Tom Morello surprises 10-year-old girl behind viral RATM cover with his signature Fender Stratocaster

Earlier this month, 10-year-old Nandi Bushell set the internet ablaze with her performance of Rage Against the Machine’s Guerrilla Radio, in support of Black Lives Matter (opens in new tab). Judging by the video’s play count, she won a lot of fans - among them, the band’s guitarist, Tom Morello, who set out to surprise the UK multi-instrumentalist with a very special gift.

The RATM and Audioslave firebrand - who had previously praised Bushell’s performance on Twitter (opens in new tab) - sent out his just-released signature Fender Soul Power Stratocaster along with a video message - and the 10-year-old’s reaction to the gift was captured on camera.

“I’d like you to have this guitar as a gift from me to you because you rock so great, and to see someone rocking so great who is so young, it really gives me hope for the future,” Morello said in his message.

“I didn’t start playing guitar until I was 17 years old, so you are way, super-far ahead of me, and I look forward to hearing a lot more of your music in the future. You’ve got a lot of soul, and here’s a little Soul Power to go with it. Keep it up!”

Bushell was clearly overjoyed with the special delivery.

“Wow, from the actual Tom Morello!” she cries. “Thank you so, so, so, so much for this beautiful guitar - I can’t wait to jam with you!”

Bushell has previously jammed with Lenny Kravitz, appeared on the Ellen show, and recently performed a full drum cover of System of a Down’s Toxicity (opens in new tab) for Download Festival TV.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar (opens in new tab), Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as the best part of 20 years performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe (opens in new tab).