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Jack White Buys Busker a New Guitar After It Was Smashed by Passerby

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Jack White performs onstage for Loretta Lynn: An All-Star Birthday Celebration Concert at Bridgestone Arena on April 1, 2019 in Nashville.

Jack White came to the rescue of a young musician who lost his guitar in an unfortunate way.

26-year-old Matt Grant explained to CNN that he was busking on the streets of Edinburgh, Scotland earlier this week, when he was confronted by an angry woman who grabbed his guitar and smashed it. Without the funds to buy himself a new one, Grant set up a crowdfunding page.

Grant went on to note that by the next day, he had raised £4,000 (about $5,200), which was more than enough to purchase a new guitar. But when he got to the store, he was met with an incredible surprise.

The staff told him that he had a call from a "third party," which turned out to be White's manager, because the White Stripes star heard about Grant's situation and asked his management to try to find him by ringing every guitar shop in the city.

"Incredible," Grant updated his GoFundMe page. "Jack White from The White Stripes got in touch this morning and decided to buy me a brand new guitar. Unbelievable. From one of the worst things to happen to one of the best. Once again, thank you for everyone's help."

On Wednesday (Oct. 21), Grant shared a photo of his sleek, baby blue Fender guitar to Instagram. "This morning I came into @guitarguitaredinburgh to pick up the new acoustic. Next thing I know I'm on the phone to @officialjackwhitelive 's manager who tells me Jack White has seen my go fund me page, feels bad for what happened and wants to buy me a new guitar," he wrote. "Flashforward one kid in a candy shop later testing as many guitars as possible and I settle on a #custommade #fenderstratocaster."

"Absolute once in a million lifetimes thing happened today and I cannot thank Jack enough for his absolute generosity," he continued. "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."

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And now for something absolutely incredible... Story time. This morning I came into @guitarguitaredinburgh to pick up the new acoustic. Next thing I know I'm on the phone to @officialjackwhitelive 's manager who tells me Jack White has seen my go fund me page, feels bad for what happened and wants to buy me a new guitar. Flashforward one kid in a candy shop later testing as many guitars as possible and I settle on a #custommade #fenderstratocaster. Absolute once in a million lifetimes thing happened today and I cannot thank Jack enough for his absolute generosity. 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. #fender #guitar #electricguitar #thewhitestripes #jackwhite @guitarguitaruk @guitarguitaredinburgh

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